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What are the Largest Countries in the World by Area?

World Map Showing Top 10 Largest Countries in the World by Area
Map of World Depicting the top 10 Largest Countries in the World by Area

The numbers shown are based on the total land area of each country, including both land and water areas within the international boundaries. The world’s ten biggest countries by size are ranked based on the information sourced from the CIA World Factbook.

Russia is the largest country in the world by a wide margin, covering 6,601,668 square miles. Russia stretches across Europe and Asia, spanning nine time zones and covering about an eighth of the inhabited land area on Earth.

Canada is the second-largest country with an area of 3,855,102 square miles. It covers the northern part of the Western Hemisphere.

The United States and China are next on the list, so close in size, that their positions are sometimes reversed, depending on the inclusion of particular territories and water areas.

Brazil is just behind China and USA in the largest country list. It has an area of 8,514,877 square miles.

The sixth-largest country is Australia, with an area of 2,969,907 square miles. It is the only country that is also a continent.

Rounding out the top ten are some relatively ‘smaller’ countries; India, Argentina, Kazakhstan, and Algeria.

Here is a tabular representation of the largest countries by area:

Country Capital City Continent Area (square miles)
Russia Moscow Europe 6,601,668
Canada Ottawa North America 3,855,102
United States of America Washington DC North America 3,794,100
China Beijing Asia 3,705,406
Brazil Brasilia South America 3,287,612
Australia Canberra Australia 2,988,901
India New Delhi Asia 1,269,219
Argentina Buenos Aires South America 1,073,518
Kazakhstan Astana Asia 1,052,090
Algeria Algiers Africa 919,595


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