Top Ten Largest Countries By Area

Nations are ranked according to their overall area, which is the sum of all land and water regions that are bounded by international borders and/or coasts. It should be noted, however, that when the nations are sorted solely by geographical area, the rankings change.
For example, Canada has the most lakes/waterbodies of any country in the world, and when the area acquired by lakes, oceans, or other bodies is subtracted from the total surface area, it ranks fourth, trailing only China and the United States.
Another interesting fact is that the world’s largest nations by surface area are not always the world’s most populous.


Russia is the world’s largest country, with a population of over 100 million people.
With 17.1 million square kilometres, Russia is without a doubt the world’s largest country in terms of surface area. In fact, even if Russia reduced its land area by 7 million square kilometres, it would still be the largest. The trimmed portion would rank sixth in the world. It accounts for 11% of the world’s landmass.
Russia, a transcontinental country spanning Asia and Europe, shares 16 border crossings with China. It has a total of nine distinct time zones. Despite being the world’s largest country, Russia is extremely underpopulated, with only about 2% of the world’s population living there.


Canada is the world’s second largest country; Canada is the largest nation in the Western Hemisphere and North America, with 9.984 million square kilometres, after Russia.
And Canada could house a population 40 times the size of the United Kingdom! It is worth noting, however, that lakes cover 9% of the country’s land surface.
Over half of the world’s natural lakes are found in this country. If water bodies are excluded, Canada’s size and area would be smaller than that of the United States based solely on surface area.
Canada also has the world’s longest coastline, with 202,080-kilometers of shoreline. Three oceans surround it from the east, north, and west: the Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific.


The United States of America ranks third on the list of the world’s largest countries, with a total area of 9.83 million square kilometres. The surrounding states and the District of Columbia cover 83.65% of the total land area of the United States. The remainder is owned by Alaska, Hawaii, and the United States’ insular territories. The country shares geographical borders with two other countries: Canada in the north and Mexico in the south. With a total length of 19,924 kilometres, the country ranks eighth in the world in terms of coastline length.


With a total land area of 9.59 million square kilometres, China is the world’s fourth-largest country. As Russia advances into Europe, it becomes the largest Asian country to be fully integrated into the continent. China has 14 borders with other countries. However, it ranks second in terms of land area. However, determining China’s actual size is a source of considerable debate because the government claims several areas that are the subject of border disputes, including Taiwan, South Tibet, Aksai Chin, and others.

However, unlike Russia and Canada, China has a very large population. It is the world’s most populous country, with nearly 1.4 billion people. The population is dispersed unevenly across the vast country.


Brazil is the fifth-largest country in South America, with a land area of 8,600,000 square kilometres. It covers 47.3 percent of the continent’s total land area. The country has a coastline of 7,491 kilometres. Brazil shares borders with every other South American country, with the exception of Chile and Ecuador. It is divided into four distinct time zones. Brazil is also the world’s longest country, stretching 4,395 kilometres from north to south. Brazil is the only country where the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn meet.


With 7.74 million square kilometeres of land area, Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world. The 4.4 million square kilometre difference between Australia and India is the second-largest size difference between nations that are consistently ranked in the top ten. This country is twice as large as India.

It is currently the largest in the world. It is so massive that it is not even classified as an island, but rather as a large continental landmass. The vast majority of its people live in coastal towns such as Sydney in the east and Perth in the west, and for good reason: the Australian Outback is one of the world’s driest and hottest places.


India, the world’s seventh-largest country, is located in South Asia and has a land area of 3.28 million square kilometres. The country has a land boundary of 15,000 kilometres and a coastline of 7,516.6 kilometres. Its geographical borders are shared by seven countries.

Despite being ranked seventh on this list, India is the world’s second most populous country. It has a population of over 1.3 billion people and is expected to surpass China as the world’s most populous country by the end of 2027.


Argentina, the world’s 32nd most populous country, is also the world’s eighth-largest and largest Spanish-speaking country by surface area. It shares borders with five other countries. Its 2.78 million square kilometres contain some of the most diverse topography and climate on the planet.


The next in list of top 10 largest countries in the world is Kazakhstan. This is a transcontinental nation with a land size of 2,70 million sq kms in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Kazakhstan’s current major standout feature is that it is the biggest landlocked nation in the world-and the only landlocked nation in the top ten. Kazakhstan was formerly part of the Soviet Union, which was the largest country in the world for most of the twentieth century. Kazakhstan is the total area of Western Europe and is surrounded by five nations.


Algeria, the only African country on this list of the world’s ten largest countries, comes in tenth place with an area of 2.38 square kilometres in North Africa’s Maghreb region. It is bounded by six countries, as well as the unresolved territory of Western Sahara. The Sahara Desert dominates the country’s southwestern region.




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