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The top 10 largest countries in the world by area

The world is a vast and varied place, with countries of all shapes and sizes. But some countries are simply larger than others. In this blog post, we will take a look at the top 10 largest countries in the world by area.

The largest country in the world is Russia, with a total area of 17,098,242 square kilometres. This is equivalent to 11% of the entire landmass of the Earth. Russia is followed by Canada, China, the United States, Brazil, Australia, India, Argentina, Kazakhstan, and Algeria.

These countries are home to a wide variety of landscapes, climates, and cultures. Russia, for example, is home to everything from the frozen tundra of Siberia to the lush forests of the Caucasus Mountains. China is home to the world’s most populous city, Shanghai, as well as the ancient city of Beijing. The United States is home to the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, and the beaches of Florida.

These countries are also home to a diverse range of people. Russia is home to over 200 different ethnic groups, while China is home to the Han Chinese, the largest ethnic group in the world. The United States is home to people from all over the world, making it a melting pot of cultures.

Important facts

The top 10 largest countries in the world are a fascinating and diverse group of countries. Each country has its own unique story to tell, and each country is home to a unique set of people and cultures. If you are interested in learning more about the world, I encourage you to learn more about these countries.

Here are some important facts about the top 10 largest countries in the world:

  • Russia is the only country that spans two continents, Europe and Asia.
  • Canada is the second largest country in the world, but it has the lowest population density of any country in the world.
  • China is the most populous country in the world, with over 1.4 billion people.
  • The United States is the third most populous country in the world, with over 330 million people.
  • Brazil is the fifth most populous country in the world, with over 210 million people.
  • Australia is the sixth most populous country in the world, with over 25 million people.
  • India is the second most populous country in the world, with over 1.3 billion people.
  • Argentina is the eighth most populous country in the world, with over 45 million people.
  • Kazakhstan is the ninth most populous country in the world, with over 18 million people.
  • Algeria is the tenth most populous country in the world, with over 40 million people.

The largest countries by area

Here are the 30 latest countries by area in the world;

RankCountryAreaPopulationPopulation per km²
1Russia17,098,300 km²143.4 M8.4
2Canada9,984,700 km²38.2 M3.8
3United States9,831,500 km²331.9 M33.8
4China9,562,900 km²1,425.7 M149.1
5Brazil8,515,800 km²214.3 M25.2
6Australia7,741,200 km²25.7 M3.3
7India3,287,300 km²1,425.8 M433.7
8Argentina2,780,400 km²45.8 M16.5
9Kazakhstan2,724,900 km²19.0 M7.0
10Algeria2,381,700 km²44.2 M18.5
11Congo (Dem. Republic)2,344,900 km²95.9 M40.9
12Greenland 2,166,000 km²0.1 M0.0
13Saudi Arabia2,149,700 km²36.0 M16.7
14Mexico1,964,400 km²126.7 M64.5
15Indonesia1,913,600 km²273.8 M143.1
16Sudan1,879,400 km²45.7 M24.3
17Libya1,759,500 km²6.7 M3.8
18Iran1,745,200 km²87.9 M50.4
19Mongolia1,564,100 km²3.3 M2.1
20Peru1,285,200 km²33.7 M26.2
21Chad1,284,000 km²17.2 M13.4
22Niger1,267,000 km²25.3 M19.9
23Angola1,246,700 km²34.5 M27.7
24Mali1,240,200 km²21.9 M17.7
25South Africa1,219,100 km²59.4 M48.7
26Colombia1,141,700 km²51.5 M45.1
27Ethiopia1,104,300 km²120.3 M108.9
28Bolivia1,098,600 km²12.1 M11.0
29Mauritania1,030,700 km²4.6 M4.5
30Egypt1,001,500 km²109.3 M109.1

India and China stand out as the most populous nations globally, each surpassing a billion inhabitants. Together, they constitute approximately 36 percent of the total global population, while encompassing merely nine percent of the habitable land on Earth. As of April 2023, India took the lead from China, becoming the most populous country to date, albeit by a slight margin. China’s population is projected to experience a modest decline, whereas India’s population is expected to continue growing.

On the other hand, Russia holds the distinction of being the largest country in terms of land area, spanning over 9,000 kilometers. Its expansive territory, measuring 17,098,250 square kilometers, only slightly exceeds the combined area of China and India by 11 percent. However, Russia accounts for a mere two percent of the world’s population. Large portions of Russia comprise deserts and permafrost regions. Approximately 23 percent of its land lies west of the Urals, which serves as the border between Europe and Asia, yet 85 percent of the population resides in this area. Additionally, only 27 percent of the Russian population lives in rural areas, with the majority residing in urban centers.

Bangladesh stands as the sole country on the list with a population of 169 million inhabitants, despite occupying a comparably small land area of 147,630 square kilometers. For perspective, this area is similar in size to the state of Iowa, which houses a mere 3.1 million people. In contrast, Illinois, slightly larger than Bangladesh, boasts a population of approximately 12.8 million. With a population density of 1,147 individuals per square kilometer (2,971 per square mile), Bangladesh holds a prominent position as the most densely populated territorial state worldwide.

It is worth noting that Greenland is not an independent and sovereign nation but rather a territory of the Kingdom of Denmark.

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