The Top TEN Largest Countries On Earth

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The countries of the world are diverse in terms of language, in terms of wealth, in terms of culture--they're also very diverse in terms of size. The smallest countries measure just a couple square miles. The biggest are absolutely massive. 

Russia has the largest area of any country in the world and represents 11% of the world's land mass.

China is larger than the 50 states of the United States of America. However, it is smaller than the US once you consider all of the US's territories.

Canada is the second largest country in the world but has a very small population density.



This is a bit of a tricky category, since the absolute largest country, Russia, straddles two continents (or not, depending on which model of the continents you follow). "Asian" Russia would still be the largest country in Asia. Greenland is also questionable, since it's technically governed by Iceland. Using the Seven Continents model popular in the U.S.

The largest countries entirely within each continent are listed here below:

Africa: Algeria, the Republic of Congo, Sudan, Libya, Chad, Niger, Angola, Mali, South Africa, and Ethiopia.

Asia: China, India, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen.

Europe: Turkey, France, Ukraine, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Norway, Poland, and Italy.

North America: Canada, the United States, Greenland*, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Cuba, Guatemala, Panama, and Costa Rica.

Oceania: Australia, , Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand,

South America: Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Chile, Paraguay, Guyana and Uruguay.

(And then Antarctica has no countries. Were it a country, it would be the second largest after Russia)



A country's total area includes its landmass and a region of sea extending out to (or beyond) its continental shelf. Different countries measure their oceanic area differently, which can lead to some flexibility in the rankings. We've gone with the official areas listed in the CIA World Factbook, but some might argue that we should only measure a country's land area. In that case, the rankings would change slightly. China would be the second largest country, then the U.S, then Canada.

Here are the world's largest countries, listed in order of total area. You might also be interested in our list of the most populous countries (which is another metric people often mean by "largest countries").


The 10 Largest Countries In The World (By Total Area)

1. Russia - 17,098,242 sq. km

2. Canada- 9,984,670 sq. km

3. United States - 9,833,517 sq. km

4. China - 9,596,960 sq. km

5. Brazil - 8,515,770 sq. km

6. Australia - 7,741,220 sq. km

7. India - 3,287,263 sq. km

8. Argentina - 2,780,400 sq. km

9. Kazakhstan - 2,724,900 sq. km

10. Algeria - 2,381,741 sq. km