Top 100 largest countries by area

The Earth’s surface is split into several nations, some of which are true behemoths, such as Russia, Canada, the United States of America, China, Brazil, and Australia. They cover vast swaths of land and span continents.

The top ten are more or less well-known to the general public. However, looking through the top 100 list in the table below might be more fascinating and useful.

Here you’ll find accurate data on each country’s total area (the sum of land and water surfaces) in square kilometers and square miles. Furthermore, you can observe that the surrounding nations share geographical boundaries.

Please note that the following list only contains officially recognized independent nations. It excludes dependent territories, such as Greenland (which is part of Denmark), as well as unrecognized or partly recognized nations, such as Western Sahara (which is vast but does not control two-thirds of the region contested by Morocco).

ContinentBordering countries by land
1Russia17,098,2426,601,668Asia / EuropeAzerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Ukraine
2Canada9,984,6703,855,100North AmericaUnited States
3United States(incl. overseas territories)9,857,3483,805,943North AmericaCanada, Mexico
4China9,596,9613,705,407AsiaAfghanistan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Vietnam
5Brazil8,515,7703,287,957South AmericaArgentina, Bolivia, Colombia, France (French Guiana), Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela
6Australia(incl. overseas territories)7,741,2202,988,902Australia and Oceania
7India3,287,2631,269,219AsiaAfghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan
8Argentina2,780,4001,073,518South AmericaBolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
9Kazakhstan2,724,9001,052,090Asia / EuropeChina, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
10Algeria2,381,741919,595AfricaLibya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Tunisia, Western Sahara (unrecognized state)
11The Democratic Republic of the Congo2,344,858905,355AfricaAngola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
12Denmark(incl. Greenland, Faroe Islands)2,210,573853,507Europe / North AmericaGermany
13Saudi Arabia2,149,690830,000AsiaIraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
14Mexico1,964,375758,449North AmericaBelize, Guatemala, United States
15Indonesia1,904,569735,358AsiaTimor-Leste, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea
16Sudan1,861,484718,723AfricaCentral African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, South Sudan
17Libya1,759,540679,362AfricaAlgeria, Chad, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia
18Iran1,648,195636,372AsiaAfghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan
19Mongolia1,564,116603,909AsiaChina, Russia
20Peru1,285,216496,225South AmericaBolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador
21Chad1,284,000495,755AfricaCameroon, Central African Republic, Libya, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan
22Niger1,267,000489,191AfricaAlgeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Nigeria
23Angola1,246,700481,354AfricaThe Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Zambia
24Mali1,240,192478,841AfricaAlgeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal
25South Africa1,219,090470,693AfricaBotswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Zimbabwe
26Colombia1,141,748440,831South AmericaBrazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Venezuela
27Ethiopia1,104,300426,373AfricaDjibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan
28Bolivia1,098,581424,164South AmericaArgentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru
29Mauritania1,030,700397,955AfricaAlgeria, Mali, Senegal, Western Sahara (unrecognized state)
30Egypt1,001,450386,662AfricaPalestine (Gaza Strip), Israel, Libya, Sudan
31Tanzania947,300365,755AfricaBurundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia
32Nigeria923,768356,669AfricaBenin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger
33Venezuela912,050352,144South AmericaBrazil, Colombia, Guyana
34Namibia824,292318,261AfricaAngola, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia
35Mozambique799,380308,642AfricaMalawi, South Africa, Eswatini, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
36Pakistan796,095307,374AsiaAfghanistan, China, India, Iran
37Turkey783,562302,535Asia / EuropeArmenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Syria
38Chile756,096291,930South AmericaArgentina, Bolivia, Peru
39Zambia752,612290,585AfricaAngola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
40Myanmar676,578261,228AsiaBangladesh, China, India, Laos, Thailand
41Afghanistan652,230251,827AsiaChina, India, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
42South Sudan644,329248,777AfricaThe central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda
43France(incl. overseas territories)643,801248,573EuropeAndorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland. Brazil and Suriname border the overseas territory of France in South America (French Guiana). The Netherlands borders the overseas territory of France in North America (Saint Martin).
44Somalia637,657246,201AfricaDjibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya
45The central African Republic622,984240,535AfricaCameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Sudan
46Ukraine603,500233,012EuropeBelarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia
48Botswana581,730224,607AfricaNamibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
49Kenya580,367224,081AfricaEthiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
50Yemen527,968203,850AsiaOman, Saudi Arabia
51Thailand513,120198,117AsiaCambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar
52Spain505,600195,213EuropeAndorra, France, Gibraltar, Morocco, Portugal, United Kingdom (Gibraltar)
53Turkmenistan488,100188,456AsiaAfghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan
54Cameroon475,440183,568AfricaCentral African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria
55Papua New Guinea462,840178,703Australia and OceaniaIndonesia
56Sweden450,295173,860EuropeFinland, Norway
57Uzbekistan447,400172,742AsiaAfghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan
58Morocco446,550172,410AfricaAlgeria, Spain (Ceuta and Melilla – two autonomous cities in Africa), Mauritania, Western Sahara (unrecognized state)
59Iraq438,317169,235AsiaIran, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey
60Paraguay406,752157,048South AmericaArgentina, Bolivia, Brazil
61Zimbabwe390,757150,872AfricaBotswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia
62Norway(incl. overseas territories)385,203148,727EuropeFinland, Sweden, Russia
64Germany357,022137,847EuropeAustria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland
65Republic of the Congo342,000132,047AfricaAngola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon
66Finland(incl. Aland Islands)338,435130,670EuropeNorway, Sweden, Russia
67Vietnam331,210127,881AsiaCambodia, China, Laos
68Malaysia330,800127,722AsiaBrunei, Indonesia, Thailand
69Cote d’Ivoire322,463124,504AfricaBurkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali
70Poland312,679120,726EuropeBelarus, Czechia, Germany, Lithuania, Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast), Slovakia, Ukraine
71Oman309,500119,499AsiaSaudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
72Italy301,340116,348EuropeAustria, France, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland, Vatican City
74Ecuador283,561109,483South AmericaColombia, Peru
75Burkina Faso274,220105,877AfricaBenin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Togo
76New Zealand(incl. overseas territories)268,527103,679Australia and Oceania
77Gabon267,667103,347AfricaCameroon, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea
78United Kingdom(incl. overseas territories)261,780101,074EuropeIreland
79Guinea245,86094,927AfricaCote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone
80Uganda241,55093,263AfricaThe Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania
81Ghana238,54092,101AfricaBurkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo
82Romania238,39192,043EuropeBulgaria, Hungary, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine
83Laos236,80091,429AsiaCambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
84Guyana214,97083,000South AmericaBrazil, Suriname, Venezuela
85Belarus207,60080,155EuropeLatvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine
86Kyrgyzstan199,95177,201AsiaChina, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
87Senegal196,72275,955AfricaGambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania
88Syria185,18071,498AsiaIraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey
89Cambodia181,03569,898AsiaLaos, Thailand, Vietnam
90Uruguay176,22068,039South AmericaArgentina, Brazil
91Suriname163,82063,251South AmericaBrazil, France (French Guiana), Guyana
92Tunisia163,61063,170AfricaAlgeria, Libya
93Nepal147,18156,827AsiaChina, India
94Bangladesh143,99855,598AsiaMyanmar, India
95Tajikistan143,10055,251AsiaAfghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
96Greece131,99050,962EuropeAlbania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Turkey
97Nicaragua130,37050,336North AmericaCosta Rica, Honduras
98North Korea120,54046,541AsiaChina, South Korea, Russia
99Malawi118,48445,747AfricaMozambique, Tanzania, Zambia
100Eritrea117,60045,406AfricaDjibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan

Note: Please keep in mind that the above-mentioned data on total areas is based on internationally recognized international boundaries. In the perspective of the vast majority of the international community, all contested areas are regarded to be portions of the nations to which they are assigned (United Nations members).

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