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South America

South America
South America (orthographic projection).svg
Area 17,840,000 km2
(6,890,000 sq mi)
Population 410,013,492 (2015, 5th)
Pop. density 21.4/km2 (56.0/sq mi)
Demonym South American
Countries 12
Dependencies 3
Languages Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, Dutch, Quechua, Caribbean Hindustani, and many other native languages
Time zones UTC-2 to UTC-5
Largest cities List of cities in South America
São Paulo
Lima
Bogotá
Rio de Janeiro
Santiago
Caracas
Buenos Aires
Salvador
Brasília
Fortaleza

South America is a continent located in the western hemisphere, mostly in the southern hemisphere, with a relatively small portion in the northern hemisphere. It is also considered a subcontinent of the Americas, which is the model used in nations that speak Romance languages. The reference to South America instead of other regions (like Latin America or the Southern Cone) has increased in the last decades due to changing geopolitical dynamics (in particular, the rise of Brazil).

It is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the north and east by the Atlantic Ocean; North America and the Caribbean Sea lie to the northwest. It includes twelve sovereign states (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela), a part of France (French Guiana), and a non-sovereign area (the Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory though this is disputed by Argentina). In addition to this, the ABC islands of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Panama may also be considered part of South America.


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