North America is one of the world’s seven continents. It is the third largest in area, and the fourth largest in population (513 million inv. (2008)).
North American countries
According to countryaah, North America contains 23 states, the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Central American states and the Caribbean, sometimes Cuba. In addition, there are several territories, including Danish Greenland and English Bermuda.
The United States, Canada and Mexico are by far the largest states in terms of area and population, with the United States as the most populous (about 306 million inv. (2008)) and Canada as the largest in area (the world’s second largest state in 2008).
The geography of North America
North America extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west. The northern border is the Northern Arctic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico is the southeast. In addition, there is a small land bridge to South America. There are also several large islands, not least the archipelago of the Caribbean. The continent is located in the northern and western hemisphere.
North America is intersected by several north-south mountain ranges, where the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachians are the most famous. The climate ranges from permafrost and sub-arctic in Canada and Greenland, to the deserts of the US and Mexico, and the rainforests of Central America.
The religions of North America
The most important religion in North America is Christianity, and is the largest religion in all countries. Here all different churches are represented, but the Protestants are generally strong in Canada and the United States, while Catholicism predominates in the Latin.
In addition, all religions are presented, not least in the United States because of the country’s tradition of great immigration. In the US, Judaism is also an important minority.
North America’s economy
North American countries are economically divided into two distinct groups. Canada and the United States are among the world’s richest and most developed countries, with the United States by far the world’s largest national economy. By contrast, the Caribbean and Central American states are essentially the world’s poorer. The exception is Mexico, which lies between the two extremes and counted to NIC ( N ewly In ndustrialized C ountries, emerging countries).
The USA, Canada and Mexico are part of NAFTA, a free trade association. The economy is strongly dominated by the United States, which is one of the world’s leading countries in almost all industries, not least finance, software, defense industry, logistics and services. The financial centers are New York and Chicago.