Top 10 largest countries in the world by area

Large figures have always fascinated humanity, and if these figures fuel national pride, then even more so. Being the largest country in Europe is honorable, but it is more honorable to occupy one hundred of the largest territories by world standards. What is the largest country in the world? Readers will learn the answer from our rating, which lists the world's largest countries .


  • 10. Algeria( 2.4 million km2)
  • 9. Kazakhstan( 2.7 million km2)
  • 8. Argentina( 2.8 million km2)
  • 7. India( 3.3 million km2)
  • 6. Australia( 7.7 million km2)
  • 5Brazil( 8.5 million km2)
  • 4. United States( 9.5 million km2)
  • 3. China( 9.6 million km2)
  • 2. Canada( 10 million km2)
  • 1. Russia( 17.1 million km2)

10. Algeria( 2.4 millionkm2)

The largest country in Africa opens the top-10 of the largest countries in terms of area. Almost 80% of the territory of Algeria is the Sahara desert, so the most inhabited part of the country is the coast. And Algeria boasts the deepest on the African continent cave - Anu Ifflis, whose depth is 1170 meters.

9. Kazakhstan( 2.7 million km2)

The second place among the CIS countries and the ninth in the world in terms of occupied territory is given to Kazakhstan - the largest state among the Turkic-speaking countries. And this is the largest country in the world without access to the World Ocean. But Kazakhstan has not remained completely without seas: there are two large inland seas on its territory, the Caspian and Aral seas, the first of which is considered to be the largest closed reservoir on Earth.

8. Argentina( 2.8 million km2)

Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world, the second largest state in Latin America. In terms of population, it is second only to Brazil and Colombia.

7. India( 3.3 million km2)

Although India occupies only the seventh place in terms of the size of the territory, it is the second largest in terms of population. More than 1.3 billion people live in 3.3 million km2 of India, and according to statistics, the population continues to increase. At one km2 in India there are 357 people!

6. Australia( 7.7 million km2)

If India entirely occupies its own peninsula, then Australia has its own continent. The total area of ​​Australia is 5.9 million km2( the country accounts for 5% of the total surface of the Earth), and only 24 million people live on it. This is the largest country in Oceania. And Australia is famous for its quality of life - in the rating of the human development index, the motherland of kangaroos is in second place.

5. Brazil( 8.5 million km2)

The largest state in Latin America has an area of ​​8.5 million km2, at which 2.67% of the total population of the earth is relatively spacious, more than 205 million people. Thanks to these criteria, Brazil is considered the largest Catholic country in the world. And on the territory of Brazil the largest river on Earth is the Amazon.

4. USA( 9.5 million km2)

The US area is 9.5 million km2, and the population is 325 million people( fourth place on the planet, second only to India and China).Due to its size and length, the USA is the only country in the world that boasts a full range of climatic zones on its territory, from the tropics to the arctic tundra.

3. China( 9.6 million km2)

The big state is a large population. Although China occupies the third place( or rather, the US and China dispute the third and fourth places depending on whether China considers disputed territories or not), but for a long time it is in the first place in the population - on the territory of 9.6million km2 live 1.38 billion people. However, perhaps soon India will become the leader in the number of people, as China entered the phase of the second demographic transition, characterized by a decline in the birth rate. As of December 2016, India lags behind China by only 82 million people.

2. Canada( 10 million km2)

The largest country in America. It is interesting that the second largest state in the world, the population is only on the 38th place - on the territory of 9.98 million km2 there are 36 million people. The density of the Canadian population is only 3.41 people per km2.75% of the territory of Canada is in the north, and the largest number of the population is in the south of the country, more favorable in terms of climate.

1. Russia( 17.1 million km2)

And Russia remains the largest country in the world on the territory, its total area is 17 million km2.The length of the Russian border is almost 61 thousand kilometers, and due to this length it borders on eighteen other countries. On 1/6 of the land area, there are 146.5 million people( ninth in the world in terms of population).The climatic diversity of Russia is second only to the USA - from the arctic climatic belt to the subtropical one.