Largest Countries In The World 2021

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What are the largest countries in the world? Maps can be deceiving, so it's best to measure this by their actual square mileage.

Here is a list of the top ten largest countries by area in square miles:

  1. Russia (6,599,921 square miles)
  2. Canada (3,854,083 square miles)
  3. China (3,746,887 square miles)
  4. United States (3,617,827 square miles)
  5. Brazil (3,287,086 square miles)
  6. Australia (2,969,121 square miles)
  7. India (1,269,010 square miles)
  8. Argentina (1,073,234 square miles)
  9. Kazakhstan (1,051,811 square miles)
  10. Algeria (919,352 square miles)

Not surprisingly, the largest country by area is Russia, spanning a vast 17,098,242 km² across Eastern Europe and Asia. This is followed by Canada (9,984,670 km²) and China (9,706,961 km²), both much smaller although still very large, while the United States and Brazil complete the top five at 9,372,610 km² and 8,515,767 km², respectively, putting a total of three countries in the Americas in the world's top five largest.

The largest country by landmass in Asia is China, at 9,706,961 km², while the smallest is Macau, an autonomous region on the south coast of China that is just 30 km². Africa's largest country is Algeria (2,381,741 km²), and its smallest is the Indian Ocean archipelago of Mayotte (374 km²). While Russia is on the European landmass, France is Western Europe's largest country at 551,695 km²; however, it only just makes it into the top fifty, so it is comparatively small.

The smallest countries in the world are predominantly in Europe, Oceania, and the Americas, and many are island nations, some of which are constituent territories of other countries. Vatican City is the smallest in the world at a tiny 0.44 km², followed by Monaco at 2.02 km² and Gibraltar at 6 km². They are followed by Tokelau (12 km²) and Nauru (21 km²), both in the Oceania region. The smallest country in the Americas is the Caribbean islands of Sint Maarten and Saint Martin, at 34 and 53 km², respectively.

Some may measure the size of a country by population as well. By population, the largest countries are China, India, the United States, Indonesia, and Pakistan.

Largest Countries In The World 2021

Rank Country Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area
1Russia17,098,242 km²6,599,921 mi²11.52%
2Canada9,984,670 km²3,854,083 mi²6.73%
3China9,706,961 km²3,746,887 mi²6.54%
4United States9,372,610 km²3,617,827 mi²6.31%
5Brazil8,515,767 km²3,287,086 mi²5.74%
6Australia7,692,024 km²2,969,121 mi²5.18%
7India3,287,590 km²1,269,010 mi²2.21%
8Argentina2,780,400 km²1,073,234 mi²1.87%
9Kazakhstan2,724,900 km²1,051,811 mi²1.84%
10Algeria2,381,741 km²919,352 mi²1.60%
11Dr Congo2,344,858 km²905,115 mi²1.58%
12Greenland2,166,086 km²836,109 mi²1.46%
13Saudi Arabia2,149,690 km²829,780 mi²1.45%
14Mexico1,964,375 km²758,249 mi²1.32%
15Indonesia1,904,569 km²735,164 mi²1.28%
16Sudan1,886,068 km²728,022 mi²1.27%
17Libya1,759,540 km²679,182 mi²1.19%
18Iran1,648,195 km²636,203 mi²1.11%
19Mongolia1,564,110 km²603,746 mi²1.05%
20Peru1,285,216 km²496,093 mi²0.87%
21Chad1,284,000 km²495,624 mi²0.86%
22Niger1,267,000 km²489,062 mi²0.85%
23Angola1,246,700 km²481,226 mi²0.84%
24Mali1,240,192 km²478,714 mi²0.84%
25South Africa1,221,037 km²471,320 mi²0.82%
26Colombia1,141,748 km²440,715 mi²0.77%
27Ethiopia1,104,300 km²426,260 mi²0.74%
28Bolivia1,098,581 km²424,052 mi²0.74%
29Mauritania1,030,700 km²397,850 mi²0.69%
30Egypt1,002,450 km²386,946 mi²0.68%
31Tanzania945,087 km²364,804 mi²0.64%
32Nigeria923,768 km²356,574 mi²0.62%
33Venezuela916,445 km²353,748 mi²0.62%
34Pakistan881,912 km²340,418 mi²0.59%
35Namibia825,615 km²318,687 mi²0.56%
36Mozambique801,590 km²309,414 mi²0.54%
37Turkey783,562 km²302,455 mi²0.53%
38Chile756,102 km²291,855 mi²0.51%
39Zambia752,612 km²290,508 mi²0.51%
40Myanmar676,578 km²261,159 mi²0.46%
41Afghanistan652,230 km²251,761 mi²0.44%
42Somalia637,657 km²246,136 mi²0.43%
43Central African Republic622,984 km²240,472 mi²0.42%
44South Sudan619,745 km²239,222 mi²0.42%
45Ukraine603,500 km²232,951 mi²0.41%
46Madagascar587,041 km²226,598 mi²0.40%
47Botswana582,000 km²224,652 mi²0.39%
48Kenya580,367 km²224,022 mi²0.39%
49France551,695 km²212,954 mi²0.37%
50Yemen527,968 km²203,796 mi²0.36%
51Thailand513,120 km²198,064 mi²0.35%
52Spain505,992 km²195,313 mi²0.34%
53Turkmenistan488,100 km²188,407 mi²0.33%
54Cameroon475,442 km²183,521 mi²0.32%
55Papua New Guinea462,840 km²178,656 mi²0.31%
56Sweden450,295 km²173,814 mi²0.30%
57Uzbekistan447,400 km²172,696 mi²0.30%
58Morocco446,550 km²172,368 mi²0.30%
59Iraq438,317 km²169,190 mi²0.30%
60Paraguay406,752 km²157,006 mi²0.27%
61Zimbabwe390,757 km²150,832 mi²0.26%
62Japan377,930 km²145,881 mi²0.25%
63Germany357,114 km²137,846 mi²0.24%
64Philippines342,353 km²132,148 mi²0.23%
65Republic Of The Congo342,000 km²132,012 mi²0.23%
66Finland338,424 km²130,632 mi²0.23%
67Vietnam331,212 km²127,848 mi²0.22%
68Malaysia330,803 km²127,690 mi²0.22%
69Norway323,802 km²124,988 mi²0.22%
70Ivory Coast322,463 km²124,471 mi²0.22%
71Poland312,679 km²120,694 mi²0.21%
72Oman309,500 km²119,467 mi²0.21%
73Italy301,336 km²116,316 mi²0.20%
74Ecuador276,841 km²106,861 mi²0.19%
75Burkina Faso272,967 km²105,365 mi²0.18%
76New Zealand270,467 km²104,400 mi²0.18%
77Gabon267,668 km²103,320 mi²0.18%
78Western Sahara266,000 km²102,676 mi²0.18%
79Guinea245,857 km²94,901 mi²0.17%
80United Kingdom242,900 km²93,759 mi²0.16%
81Uganda241,550 km²93,238 mi²0.16%
82Ghana238,533 km²92,074 mi²0.16%
83Romania238,391 km²92,019 mi²0.16%
84Laos236,800 km²91,405 mi²0.16%
85Guyana214,969 km²82,978 mi²0.14%
86Belarus207,600 km²80,134 mi²0.14%
87Kyrgyzstan199,951 km²77,181 mi²0.13%
88Senegal196,722 km²75,935 mi²0.13%
89Syria185,180 km²71,479 mi²0.12%
90Cambodia181,035 km²69,880 mi²0.12%
91Uruguay181,034 km²69,879 mi²0.12%
92Suriname163,820 km²63,235 mi²0.11%
93Tunisia163,610 km²63,153 mi²0.11%
94Bangladesh147,570 km²56,962 mi²< 0.1%
95Nepal147,181 km²56,812 mi²< 0.1%
96Tajikistan143,100 km²55,237 mi²< 0.1%
97Greece131,990 km²50,948 mi²< 0.1%
98Nicaragua130,373 km²50,324 mi²< 0.1%
99North Korea120,538 km²46,528 mi²< 0.1%
100Malawi118,484 km²45,735 mi²< 0.1%
101Eritrea117,600 km²45,394 mi²< 0.1%
102Benin112,622 km²43,472 mi²< 0.1%
103Honduras112,492 km²43,422 mi²< 0.1%
104Liberia111,369 km²42,988 mi²< 0.1%
105Bulgaria110,879 km²42,799 mi²< 0.1%
106Cuba109,884 km²42,415 mi²< 0.1%
107Guatemala108,889 km²42,031 mi²< 0.1%
108Iceland103,000 km²39,758 mi²< 0.1%
109South Korea100,210 km²38,681 mi²< 0.1%
110Hungary93,028 km²35,909 mi²< 0.1%
111Portugal92,090 km²35,547 mi²< 0.1%
112Jordan89,342 km²34,486 mi²< 0.1%
113Serbia88,361 km²34,107 mi²< 0.1%
114Azerbaijan86,600 km²33,428 mi²< 0.1%
115Austria83,871 km²32,374 mi²< 0.1%
116United Arab Emirates83,600 km²32,270 mi²< 0.1%
117French Guiana83,534 km²32,244 mi²< 0.1%
118Czech Republic78,865 km²30,442 mi²< 0.1%
119Panama75,417 km²29,111 mi²< 0.1%
120Sierra Leone71,740 km²27,692 mi²< 0.1%
121Ireland70,273 km²27,125 mi²< 0.1%
122Georgia69,700 km²26,904 mi²< 0.1%
123Sri Lanka65,610 km²25,325 mi²< 0.1%
124Lithuania65,300 km²25,206 mi²< 0.1%
125Latvia64,559 km²24,920 mi²< 0.1%
126Togo56,785 km²21,919 mi²< 0.1%
127Croatia56,594 km²21,845 mi²< 0.1%
128Bosnia And Herzegovina51,209 km²19,767 mi²< 0.1%
129Costa Rica51,100 km²19,725 mi²< 0.1%
130Slovakia49,037 km²18,928 mi²< 0.1%
131Dominican Republic48,671 km²18,787 mi²< 0.1%
132Estonia45,227 km²17,458 mi²< 0.1%
133Denmark43,094 km²16,634 mi²< 0.1%
134Netherlands41,850 km²16,154 mi²< 0.1%
135Switzerland41,284 km²15,936 mi²< 0.1%
136Bhutan38,394 km²14,820 mi²< 0.1%
137Taiwan36,193 km²13,970 mi²< 0.1%
138Guinea Bissau36,125 km²13,944 mi²< 0.1%
139Moldova33,846 km²13,065 mi²< 0.1%
140Belgium30,528 km²11,784 mi²< 0.1%
141Lesotho30,355 km²11,717 mi²< 0.1%
142Armenia29,743 km²11,481 mi²< 0.1%
143Solomon Islands28,896 km²11,154 mi²< 0.1%
144Albania28,748 km²11,097 mi²< 0.1%
145Equatorial Guinea28,051 km²10,828 mi²< 0.1%
146Burundi27,834 km²10,744 mi²< 0.1%
147Haiti27,750 km²10,712 mi²< 0.1%
148Rwanda26,338 km²10,166 mi²< 0.1%
149North Macedonia25,713 km²9,925 mi²< 0.1%
150Djibouti23,200 km²8,955 mi²< 0.1%
151Belize22,966 km²8,865 mi²< 0.1%
152El Salvador21,041 km²8,122 mi²< 0.1%
153Israel20,770 km²8,017 mi²< 0.1%
154Slovenia20,273 km²7,825 mi²< 0.1%
155New Caledonia18,575 km²7,170 mi²< 0.1%
156Fiji18,272 km²7,053 mi²< 0.1%
157Kuwait17,818 km²6,878 mi²< 0.1%
158Eswatini17,364 km²6,703 mi²< 0.1%
159Timor Leste14,874 km²5,741 mi²< 0.1%
160Bahamas13,943 km²5,382 mi²< 0.1%
161Montenegro13,812 km²5,331 mi²< 0.1%
162Vanuatu12,189 km²4,705 mi²< 0.1%
163Falkland Islands12,173 km²4,699 mi²< 0.1%
164Qatar11,586 km²4,472 mi²< 0.1%
165Jamaica10,991 km²4,243 mi²< 0.1%
166Gambia10,689 km²4,126 mi²< 0.1%
167Lebanon10,452 km²4,034 mi²< 0.1%
168Cyprus9,251 km²3,571 mi²< 0.1%
169Puerto Rico8,870 km²3,424 mi²< 0.1%
170Palestine6,220 km²2,401 mi²< 0.1%
171Brunei5,765 km²2,225 mi²< 0.1%
172Trinidad And Tobago5,130 km²1,980 mi²< 0.1%
173French Polynesia4,167 km²1,608 mi²< 0.1%
174Cape Verde4,033 km²1,557 mi²< 0.1%
175Samoa2,842 km²1,097 mi²< 0.1%
176Luxembourg2,586 km²998 mi²< 0.1%
177Reunion2,511 km²969 mi²< 0.1%
178Mauritius2,040 km²787 mi²< 0.1%
179Comoros1,862 km²719 mi²< 0.1%
180Guadeloupe1,628 km²628 mi²< 0.1%
181Faroe Islands1,393 km²538 mi²< 0.1%
182Martinique1,128 km²435 mi²< 0.1%
183Hong Kong1,104 km²426 mi²< 0.1%
184Sao Tome And Principe964 km²372 mi²< 0.1%
185Turks And Caicos Islands948 km²366 mi²< 0.1%
186Kiribati811 km²313 mi²< 0.1%
187Bahrain765 km²295 mi²< 0.1%
188Dominica751 km²290 mi²< 0.1%
189Tonga747 km²288 mi²< 0.1%
190Singapore710 km²274 mi²< 0.1%
191Micronesia702 km²271 mi²< 0.1%
192Saint Lucia616 km²238 mi²< 0.1%
193Isle Of Man572 km²221 mi²< 0.1%
194Guam549 km²212 mi²< 0.1%
195Andorra468 km²181 mi²< 0.1%
196Northern Mariana Islands464 km²179 mi²< 0.1%
197Palau459 km²177 mi²< 0.1%
198Seychelles452 km²174 mi²< 0.1%
199Curacao444 km²171 mi²< 0.1%
200Antigua And Barbuda442 km²171 mi²< 0.1%
201Barbados430 km²166 mi²< 0.1%
202Saint Vincent And The Grenadines389 km²150 mi²< 0.1%
203Mayotte374 km²144 mi²< 0.1%
204United States Virgin Islands347 km²134 mi²< 0.1%
205Grenada344 km²133 mi²< 0.1%
206Malta316 km²122 mi²< 0.1%
207Maldives300 km²116 mi²< 0.1%
208Cayman Islands264 km²102 mi²< 0.1%
209Saint Kitts And Nevis261 km²101 mi²< 0.1%
210Niue260 km²100 mi²< 0.1%
211Saint Pierre And Miquelon242 km²93 mi²< 0.1%
212Cook Islands236 km²91 mi²< 0.1%
213American Samoa199 km²77 mi²< 0.1%
214Marshall Islands181 km²70 mi²< 0.1%
215Aruba180 km²69 mi²< 0.1%
216Liechtenstein160 km²62 mi²< 0.1%
217British Virgin Islands151 km²58 mi²< 0.1%
218Wallis And Futuna142 km²55 mi²< 0.1%
219Montserrat102 km²39 mi²< 0.1%
220Anguilla91 km²35 mi²< 0.1%
221San Marino61 km²24 mi²< 0.1%
222Bermuda54 km²21 mi²< 0.1%
223Saint Martin53 km²20 mi²< 0.1%
224Sint Maarten34 km²13 mi²< 0.1%
225Macau30 km²12 mi²< 0.1%
226Tuvalu26 km²10 mi²< 0.1%
227Saint Barthelemy21 km²8 mi²< 0.1%
228Nauru21 km²8 mi²< 0.1%
229Tokelau12 km²5 mi²< 0.1%
230Gibraltar6 km²2 mi²< 0.1%
231Monaco2 km²1 mi²< 0.1%
232Vatican City1 km² mi²< 0.1%

Largest Countries In The World 2021