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 information 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)|
|United States of America||Washington DC||North America||3,794,100|
|Argentina||Buenos Aires||South America||1,073,518|
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