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Countries on the Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean borders five continents; Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, and South America.

The five oceans cover about 70% of the Earth's surface. The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean after the Pacific accounting for 20% of the planet surface and 29% of the water on earth. The Atlantic stretches from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south covering an estimated 41,100,000 square miles and holding 74,471,500 cubic miles of water. Apart from the open ocean, it also encompasses the Gulf of Mexico, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Caribbean Sea.  The entire coastline of the ocean stretches for 69,510 miles. It borders North, Central, and South America to the west and Europe, Asia, and Africa to the east. In total, 133 countries and territories border the Atlantic Ocean.

Countries on the Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean borders five continents; Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, and South America. In total, 133 countries and territories border the ocean including four of the five largest countries in the world. Thirty-three countries are in Europe, twenty-six in Africa, seven in Asia, nine in Central and North America, seven in South America, and thirteen in the Caribbean.

Eleven countries border both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans while South Africa is the only state with coastlines in the Atlantic and Indian oceans.

The waters of the Atlantic and the Pacific converge at Cape Horn, Chile while the Panama Canal in Central America is a 51-mile long artificial waterway linking the oceans.

The equator further divides the Atlantic into North Atlantic and South Atlantic. The region between northwest Africa and North America is known as Central Atlantic and is believed to be the point where Pangaea began breaking up to form the Atlantic Ocean.

Benefits of the Atlantic to the Bordering States

The Atlantic Ocean contributes significantly to the economy of the neighboring states. Other than providing a median for transoceanic transport, it also holds vast amounts of oil and gas reserves. Much of the goods traveling between North America and Europe traverse through the Atlantic, so do goods between North America and northwest Africa, and South America and Africa.

The ocean also hosts a variety of marine animals including when. Every year it provides millions of tons of fish. The Atlantic affects the global climate including the water streams and winds. It is a significant reservoir of carbon dioxide and helps reduce the gas in the atmosphere and therefore aids in controlling global warming.

Countries On The Atlantic Ocean

In total, 133 countries and territories border the ocean including four of the five largest countries in the world. Thirty-three countries are in Europe, twenty-six in Africa, seven in Asia, nine in Central and North America, seven in South America, and thirteen in the Caribbean.

Countries on the Atlantic Ocean

´╗┐CountryContinent
AlbaniaEurope
AngolaAfrica
Antigua and BarbudaNorth America
ArgentinaSouth America
ArubaNorth America
BahamasNorth America
BarbadosNorth America
BelgiumEurope
Belize North America
BeninAfrica
Bosnia and HerzegovinaEurope
BrazilSouth America
BulgariaEurope
CameroonAfrica
CanadaNorth America
Cape VerdeAfrica
ColombiaSouth America
Costa RicaNorth America
CroatiaEurope
CubaNorth America
CyprusEurope
Democratic Republic of the CongoAfrica
DenmarkEurope
DominicaNorth America
Dominican RepublicNorth America
EgyptAfrica
Equatorial GuineaAfrica
EstoniaEurope
FinlandEurope
FranceEurope
GabonAfrica
GeorgiaEurope
GermanyEurope
GhanaAfrica
GreeceEurope
GrenadaNorth America
GuatemalaNorth America
GuineaAfrica
Guinea-BissauAfrica
GuyanaSouth America
HaitiNorth America
HondurasNorth America
IcelandEurope
IrelandEurope
IsraelAsia
ItalyEurope
Ivory CoastAfrica
JamaicaNorth America
LatviaEurope
LebanonAsia
LiberiaAfrica
LibyaAfrica
LithuaniaEurope
MaltaEurope
MauritaniaAfrica
MexicoNorth America
MonacoEurope
MontenegroEurope
MoroccoAfrica
NamibiaAfrica
NetherlandsEurope
NiacaraguaNorth America
NigeriaAfrica
NorwayEurope
PalestineAsia
PanamaNorth America
PolandEurope
PortugalEurope
Republic of the CongoAfrica
RomaniaEurope
RussiaEurope
Saint Kitts and NevisNorth America
Saint LuciaNorth America
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesNorth America
Sao Tome and PrincipeAfrica
SenegalAfrica
Sierra LeoneAfrica
SloveniaEurope
South AfricaAfrica
SpainEurope
SurinameSouth America
SwedenEurope
SyriaAsia
TogoAfrica
Trindad and TobagoNorth America
TunisiaAfrica
TurkeyEurope
TurkeyAsia
UkraineEurope
United KingdomEurope
United StatesNorth America
UruguaySouth America
VenezuelaSouth America

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