Which are at the largest countries in the world when considering the land area they occupy on this planet?
On this page we share the main facts about the world's ten most extensive countries. Did you know that these ten countries almost cover as much of our planet's area as all other countries combined!
Russia is the world's largest country, whether considering only land area or the total area (including water area). And interestingly, Canada is smaller than China or the USA if considering only the land area.
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The world's largest country is about 67 times larger than the UK or almost seven times as big as Algeria, which is Africa's largest country and the tenth largest country in the world!
The transcontinental country Russia occupies the largest land area in Europe and is also the largest country on the Asian continent.
Russia is about 1.8 times larger than China!
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China, the world's second largest country, is slightly larger than the USA.
Compared to countries in Europe, China is about 38 times larger than the United Kingdom and about 16 times larger than Europe's largest country Ukraine.
With 1.425 billion people, China has a very large population but the population numbers are declining. In 2023, China was surpassed by India in population numbers.
The huge country is also much less populated than many other countries in the world. The UK is much more densely populated than China. China has a population that is only 20 times bigger the population of the UK.
In total, China has more people living in her borders than the combined population of the South American and European continents even if the population of Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada are added in as well!
China is about 2% larger than the USA which is even more sparsely populated.
The United States of America (USA) is slightly larger in land area than the neighbouring country Canada.
The USA is about almost five times as large as the southern neighbour Mexico or three times larger than India or 18 times larger than Spain!
The population of the USA is only about nine times larger than that of northern neighbour country Canada.
The USA is the largest country in the Western Hemisphere by land area. Canada is only slightly smaller in land area than the USA.
Canada is also slightly smaller in land area than China but has a larger water area. Would one include water area into the calculation, Canada would be larger than China or the USA!
Canada is more than 14 times as large as France or about 37 times as large as the UK.
Canada houses about 39 million people on an area that is about four times as large as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which is Africa's largest French speaking country an has a population of 104 million people.
Canada is the largest country in the Western Hemisphere by total area including water area.
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and the largest country on the South American continent.
Brazil is slightly smaller than the USA but about 34 times larger than the UK or even 92 times larger than Portugal!
Compared to South America's second largest country Argentina, Brazil is a bit more than three times as big as Argentina.
And Brazil is about 10% larger than Australia!
Australia is the world's 'largest country without land borders' and the largest country in the Southern Hemisphere.
Australia is about 31 times as big as the UK and occupies almost double the land area of all 27 countries of the European Union combined! Australia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world.
Australia only has a 'tiny' population of about 26 million people, while India which is slightly smaller in land area houses more than 50 times as many people!
India, the second largest country of the Asian continent, is about the size of one third of the land area of China.
India is about 12 times larger than the UK and has less than one third of the land area of the USA. India is about 20% larger than Africa's largest country Algeria. More than 450 languages are spoken by the population of now more than 1.4 billion people (2024). Read more about India here.
India, Asia's second largest country, has a population that is about 30 times larger than in Argentina, South America's second largest country!
Argentina, South America's second largest country is almost 5 times larger than Europe's largest country Ukraine.
Argentina is about five times as large in land area as Yemen on the Arab Peninsula or about ten times as large as Italy. About a third of the population of the country live in and around the capital city Buenos Aires, South America's second largest metropolitan city. Read more about Argentina here.
Argentina is less densely populated than Kazakstan.
Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world and this huge country is about 20 times as large as Greece or 10 times as large as New Zealand.
Kazakhstan is the second largest country with a Russian speaking population and is among the least populated countries in the world. Kazakstan is a transcontinental country as it has land area on the European and the Asian continents.
With a population of 18 million, Kazakhstan houses about as many people as the Netherlands which would fit about 80 times into the land area of Kazakhstan!
Algeria, Africa's largest country, is about double the size of South Africa, which is the largest country in Southern Africa. Algeria is about four times as large as the Ukraine, Europe's second largest country or ten times as large as the UK.
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