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Countries of the World by Area

Measuring the world, regions and countries by area
Measuring the World. How big is this country?
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This page shows a list of regions and sovereign nations by size, from the largest to the smallest countries in the world.

What makes a country huge or small?

1972 Apollo 16 photo of North America on Earth
Enhanced 1972 Apollo 16 hand-held Hasselblad image on 70 mm film of North America on Earth. Mexico and the Baja California Peninsula can be seen at lower center. Above that, much of the Rocky Mountains are visible.
Image: NASA

Borders define nations. The political and possibly natural limits of a country determine its physical territory, and thus its size.
Political boundaries are the artificial lines that separate one political entity, such as a country or state, from another. Natural borders are oceans, seas, rivers, and mountain ranges.

The Largest Countries
The three largest sovereign countries by surface area are Russia, Canada, and the United States. Together they occupy roughly a quarter of Earth's landmass. Other heavyweights in size are China, Brazil, Australia, India, Argentina and Kazakhstan.

The Smallest Countries
Among the world's smallest countries are the island nations of the Caribbean and the South Pacific Ocean (Oceania).

The three smallest countries in the world are Vatican City, an enclave within Rome, Italy. Monaco, a principality at the Mediterranean coast and an enclave within Southern France, and Nauru, an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.

Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite image of Italy, the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula and the islands of Corsica and Sardinia
Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite image of Italy (in center) with the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula (upper right corner). West of Italy are the islands of Corsica (France, top) and Sardinia (Italy) in the Mediterranean Sea. The visible part of the Balkan Peninsula is shared by at least six countries.
Image: European Space Agency

Land Reclamation
Normally, the size of countries does not change much except due to special circumstances such as land reclamation. Land reclamation is the process of creating new land from oceans, seas, and wetlands or expanding coastlines. Reclaimed land increases the size of a country.

The leading country in land reclamation is China; since 1949, the People's Republic has created a large amount of artificial land, estimated at more than 13,000 km², roughly the size of the Bahamas.

Other countries with successful land reclamation of considerable size are the Netherlands (7,000 km²), South Korea (1,550 km²), United States (1,000+ km²), Japan (500+ km²), UAE (470 km²), Bahrain (410 km²), Singapore (135 km²), Bangladesh (110 km²) and Hong Kong (67 km). [1]

You can increase the size of your nation by invading neighboring countries. The process has gone somewhat out of fashion. Occupying other countries was a kind of sporting event in colonial times (Scramble for Africa).
The two world wars were used to reduce the population of the enemy's civilian population and expand the own sphere of power.
This form of striving for power still exists in some cases. Examples of contemporary military occupations include the Gaz Strip, the West Bank, Northern Cyprus, Abkhazia, the Western Sahara and Crimea. [2]
China is persistently trying to expand its sphere of power in the South China Sea, 90% of which Beijing claims as its territorial waters, ignoring that under international maritime laws Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Brunei are also entitled to their maritime resource zones. [3] [4]

Countries by Area

List of countries and territories indicating the size of the total land area in square kilometers (km²) and the corresponding percentage of the Earth's total land area.

Country or Region
Area km²
% of Earth
land area
earth symbol Earth 148,940,000 km²
(planimetric (flat) land area, 29.2% of its total surface)
100%   Solar System
Earth, the most important place you know, has a surface area of 510,072,000 km². Compared Earth is about the size of an average sunspot. Compared to other planets, our world is about twice the size of Mars, and it is slightly larger than Venus.

The total land coverage is 29.2% of Earth's surface (≈149 million km²), the rest of its surface area of 70.8%, you can guess, is water.
  Eurasia 55,000,000 km²
(including islands)
≈51 million km²
continental landmass
36.9%   Northern and Eastern Hemispheres
The continental landmass of Eurasia lies in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the largest contiguous area of land on Earth and home to the geopolitical entities of Europe and Asia. The geopolitical term also includes adjoining islands such as the British Isles, Maritime South East Asia, and Japan. Almost all of Eurasia's area lies to the east of the prime meridian (0°).
  Asia 44,579,000
(including islands)
30%   Northern and Eastern Hemispheres
Earth's largest continent is situated primarily in the Northern and Eastern Hemispheres. Almost all of Asia's area lies to the east of the prime meridian (0°), only a small part of Russia's Far East crosses the antimeridian (180°).
  Africa 30,365,000
(including adjacent islands)
20.4%   Northern and Southern Hemispheres
The world's second-largest continent straddles the equator. Most of Africa's area lies to the east of the prime meridian (0°).
  North America (map) 24,709,000
(including Greenland and other adjacent islands)
16.6%   Northern Hemisphere
The third-largest continent lies entirely in the northern hemisphere. North America's entire territory lies west of the prime meridian (0°) in the Western Hemisphere.
  South America (map) 17,840,000 12%   Two thirds of South America are in the Southern Hemisphere.
The fourth-largest continent straddles the equator. All the territory of South America is situated west of the prime meridian (0°).
Russia 17,098,242 11.5%   Northern Asia and Eastern Europe
The largest country in the world--and growing (Crimea).
-- -- Antarctica 14,200,000 9.4%   South Pole
Antarctica is not a country but the world's southernmost continent. It is the only continent in the world without a permanent population.
North Asia 13,138,000 8.8%   Northern Asia
North Asia, also Northern Asia or Asian Russia, consists of the area of the Russian Federation east of the Ural Mountains: the Ural region, Siberia, and the Russian Far East. (see map)
Europe 10,180,000 6.8%   Europe
Includes all European countries and the European part of transcontinental countries such as Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
Canada 9,984,670 6.7%   North America
The largest nation in the Western Hemisphere by area and the country with the longest coastline in the world.
United States

Contiguous United States

  North America
The figure includes only the 50 states and the District of Columbia (aka Washington D.C.), excluding the United States' unincorporated territories and the like. The size includes the coastal and territorial waters of the United States.
See also US States by Area
PR China 9,596,960 6.4%   Eastern Asia
The largest country located entirely in Asia. The second-largest Asian country (after the Asian part of Russia).
UN figures for mainland China (9,596,961 km²) excluding Hong Kong (1,104 km²), Macao (29 km²), and Taiwan and other disputed territories.
  Australia (continent) 8,600,000 5.8%   Australia /Oceania
The Australian continent consists of the landmasses which sit on Australia's continental plate. The smallest continent includes the Australian mainland and the islands of Tasmania and New Guinea, which is shared by Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Brazil 8,515,770 5.7%   South America
Brazil is the largest country in both South America and the Southern Hemisphere.
Australia (country) 7,741,220 5.2%   Australia /Oceania
Australia is the only country that is coterminous with a continent. It is also by far the largest country without a land border to neighbors, and it is the largest country located entirely within the southern hemisphere.
European Union 3,928,273 2.6%   Europe
Size of the European Union without French overseas territories. (Although they are considered part of the EU; see a Map of the EU)
European Russia 3,960,000 2.6%   Europe
The European part of Russia occupies the largest territorial area in Europe. 77% of Russia's population live in the European part of Russia, three-fourths of the entire population of the country. (see map)
India 3,287,263 2.3%   South Central Asia
The second-most populous country in the world is the third-largest country in Asia (after Russia and China). The figure includes 120,849 km² of disputed territories with Pakistan and China.
Argentina 2,780,400 2%   South America
The second-largest country in South America.
Kazakhstan 2,724,900 1.8%   South Central Asia
The largest landlocked country in the world. It has a shoreline at the Caspian Sea but no access to the high seas.
Algeria 2,381,740 1.6%   North Africa
Since the partition of Sudan, Algeria has been the largest country in Africa.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa) 2,344,858 1.6%   Central Africa
The second-largest country in Africa.
Greenland 2,166,086 1.5%   Northern Europe;
Northern North America
The largest island in the world is politically a self-governing territory of the Kingdom of Denmark.
Saudi Arabia 2,150,000 1.4%   Middle East
The largest country in the Middle East, it occupies the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula.
Mexico 1,964,375 1.3%   North America
The third-largest country in North America is bordered by the United States to the north. Mexico has coastlines on the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean.
Indonesia 1,904,569 1.3%   Maritime Southeast Asia
The largest and most populous country in Southeast Asia consists only of islands.
Sudan 1,886,068 1.3%   North Africa
Formerly the largest country in Africa, since Southern Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, Sudan is now the third largest country in Africa.
Libya 1,759,540 1.2%   North Africa
The fourth-largest country in Africa. Most of its territory lies in the Sahara desert, which is why most of its population lives on the Mediterranean coast.
Iran 1,648,195 1.1%   Western Asia; Middle East
Islamic republic between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf.
Mongolia 1,564,100 1.1%   Eastern Asia
A big landlocked country north of China.
Peru 1,285,216 0.86%   South America
The third-largest country in South America.
Chad 1,284,000 0.86%   Central Africa
Large country in Central Africa, south of Libya.
Niger 1,267,000 0.85%   West Africa
Largest country in West Africa.
Angola 1,246,700 0.85%   Central Africa
Central-west African country with a coastline on the South Atlantic Ocean.
Mali 1,240,192 0.83%   West Africa
Most of the country lies in the southern Sahara Desert.
-- Tibet Flag Tibet 1,228,400 0.82%   Asia
Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), an administrative division of China.
South Africa 1,221,037 0.82%   Southern Africa
Largest country in Southern Africa. (Includes Marion Island and Prince Edward Island in the sub-antarctic Indian Ocean.)
Colombia 1,138,914 0.76%   South America/North America
The country in northwestern South America borders the Isthmus of Panama and has a coastline on the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Ethiopia 1,104,300 0.74%   Eastern Africa
Mountainous landlocked country in Eastern Africa. It is Africa's oldest independent nation. Apart from a five-year occupation by Mussolini's Italy, it has never been colonized.
Bolivia 1,098,581 0.74%   South America
A landlocked country west of Brazil.
Mauritania 1,030,000 0.69%   West Africa
A desert country in northwest Africa with a coastline on the North Atlantic Ocean.
Egypt 1,002,000 0.67%   Northern Africa
A country in Northern Africa and the Sinai Peninsula (Western Asia). Excluding the disputed region Hala'ib Triangle (20,580 km²).
Tanzania 945,087 0.63%   Eastern Africa
Includes the islands of Mafia, Pemba, and Zanzibar.
Nigeria 923,768 0.62%   West Africa
Located in Western Africa at the Gulf of Guinea.
Venezuela 912,050 0.61%   South America
Located in the north of South America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean with a 2,800 km (1,700 mi) long coastline.
Namibia 824,292 0.55%   Southern Africa
Country in Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean in the west.
Mozambique 801,590 0.54%   Eastern Africa
Located on the southeast coast of Africa, bordering South Africa.
Pakistan 796,095 0.53%
  South Central Asia
Excluding all disputed territories (Kashmir).
Turkey 783,562 0.53%   Western Asia, Southern Europe
Turkey occupies the Anatolian Peninsula in western Asia and a small portion in southeastern Europe to the west of Istanbul. It is the third-largest country with parts of its territory in Europe (after Russia and Kazakhstan).
Chile 756,102 0.51%   South America
Includes Easter Island (Isla de Pascua; Rapa Nui) and Isla Sala y Gómez, excludes claims on Antarctica (1,250,000 km²). The longest country in the world has a 6,435 km coastline on the South Pacific Ocean in the west.
Zambia 752,618 0.51%   Eastern Africa
A landlocked country in southern Africa, formerly known as Northern Rhodesia.
Myanmar 676,578 0.45%   Southeast Asia
The country, also known as Burma, is situated in Southeast Asia; it has a 1,930 km (1,200 miles) long coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.
Afghanistan 652,090 0.44%   South Central Asia
A landlocked mountainous country within South and Central Asia.
Somalia 637,657 0.43%   Eastern Africa
A country in the Horn of Africa. Somalia includes Somaliland, a self-declared independent country.
Central African Republic 622,984 0.42%   Central Africa
A landlocked country in Central Africa.
Ukraine 603,628 0.4%   Eastern Europe
The largest country located entirely in Europe. Size includes the Crimean Peninsula.
Madagascar 587,041 0.39%   Eastern Africa
An island nation off the coast of Southeast Africa and the fourth largest island in the world.
Botswana 582,000 0.39%   Southern Africa
A landlocked country in southern Africa.
Kenya 580,000 0.39%   Eastern Africa
A country in East Africa with a coastline on the Indian Ocean.
France 551,695 0.37%   Western Europe
The size refers only to Metropolitan France (European France, including Corsica). It is the largest country in Western Europe. The French Republic, including its French overseas territories, occupies an area of 632,834 km².
Yemen 527,968 0.35%   Middle East
Includes some offshore islands such as Perim, Jazirat Jabal Zuqar, and Socotra.
Thailand 513,120 0.34%   Southeast Asia
A Kingdom in Southeast Asia on the Indochina peninsula.
Spain 505,992 0.34%   Southern Europe
The fourth-largest country in Europe, second-largest in western Europe, behind France. Includes mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands, as well as the Spanish possessions (Plazas de Soberanía) off the coast of Morocco (Ceuta, Melilla, Islas Chafarinas, Peñón de Alhucemas, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera), and Isla de Alborán almost midway between Morocco and Spain, all the latter being claimed by Morocco.
Turkmenistan 488,100 0.33%   South Central Asia
A country in Central Asia with a coastline at the Caspian Sea.
Cameroon 475,650 0.32%   Central Africa
Central African country with a coastline at the Gulf of Guinea.
Papua New Guinea 462,840 0.31%   Oceania, Melanesia
Second-largest country in Oceania. Occupies half of the island of New Guinea, the world's second-largest island.
Sweden 450,295 0.30%   Northern Europe
Includes the islands of Gotland and Öland.
Uzbekistan 447,400 0.30%   South Central Asia
The larger of only two doubly landlocked countries in the world. Those countries are not only landlocked but surrounded by landlocked countries.
Morocco 446,550 0.30%   North Africa
A country in the Maghreb region of northwestern Africa, with coastlines on the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Its size excludes the disputed territory of Western Sahara, partially occupied by Morocco.
Iraq 438,317 0.29%   Middle East
A Middle East country, almost landlocked with a narrow access to the Persian Gulf.
Paraguay 406,752 0.27%   South America
Landlocked country between Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil.
Zimbabwe 390,757 0.26%   Eastern Africa
A landlocked country in southern Africa.
Japan 377,915 0.25%   Eastern Asia
Includes Ryukyu Islands (Nansei Islands), Daito Islands, Ogasawara Islands (Bonin Islands), Minami-Torishima (Marcus Island), Okino-Torishima and Volcano Islands (Kazan Islands); excludes the southern Kuril Islands.
Germany 357,375 0.24%   Western Europe
A Western European country with a coastline at the North Sea.
Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) 342,000 0.23%   Central Africa
A country located in Central Africa with a coastline at the Atlantic Ocean.
Finland 338,145 0.23%   Northern Europe
Includes Åland Islands (1,552 km²).
Vietnam 331,689 0.22%   Southeast Asia
A country in Southeast Asia on the Indochinese Peninsula, bordering the South China Sea.
Malaysia 329,847 0.22%   Southeast Asia
A country in Southeast Asia on the Malaysian Peninsula and partly on the island of Borneo.
Norway 323,802 0.22%   Northern Europe
Mainland Norway only; not included the overseas areas of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (62,422 km²) and the dependency of Bouvet Island (49 km²) and the Antarctic dependency claims of Queen Maud Land (2,500,000 km²) and Peter I Island (243 km²).
Côte d'Ivoire 322,463 0.22%   West Africa
A country in western sub-Saharan Africa with a coastline at the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean).
Poland 312,685 0.21%   Eastern Europe
Country in Eastern Europe with a Baltic seacoast.
Oman 309,500 0.21%   Middle East
Country on the Arabian Peninsula, with long coastlines on the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman.
Italy 301,318 0.20%   Southern Europe
Country in Southern Europe, mostly situated on a large peninsula.
Philippines 300,000 0.20%   Southeast Asia
Archipelago in Southeast Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean.
Ecuador 283,561 0.20%   South America
Includes Galápagos Islands.
Burkina Faso 274,222 0.18%   West Africa
A landlocked country in West Africa.
New Zealand 270,467 0.18%   Oceania; Australia
Includes Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands, Bounty Islands, Campbell Island, Chatham Islands, and the Kermadec Islands. Excludes Niue (260 km²), the Cook Islands (236 km²) and Tokelau (12 km²), as well as the Antarctic claim of Ross Dependency (450,000 km²). Third-largest country in Oceania.
Gabon 267,668 0.18%   Central Africa
A country along the Atlantic coast of Equatorial Africa.
Western Sahara 266,000 0.18%   North Africa
Largely occupied by Morocco, some territory administered by the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
Guinea 245,857 0.17%   West Africa
A country in West Africa with a coastline at the Atlantic Ocean.
United Kingdom
Great Britain (island)



0.16%   Northern Europe
Not included are the three Crown dependencies (768 km²), the islands of Jersey, Guernsey, and Isle of Man, and British Overseas Territories (1,742,857 km²).
Uganda 241,551 0.16%   Eastern Africa
A landlocked country in Eastern Africa, bordering Lake Victoria.
Ghana 238,533 0.16%   West Africa
West African nation bordering the Gulf of Guinea.
Romania 238,391 0.16%   Eastern Europe
A Central Eastern European country with a coastline at the Black Sea.
Lao PDR (Laos) 236,800 0.16%   Southeast Asia
A landlocked country in South East Asia between Vietnam and Thailand.
Guyana 214,969 0.14%   South America
Guyana is a country in the north of South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
Belarus 207,595 0.14%   Eastern Europe
Largest landlocked country in Europe.
Kyrgyzstan 199,951 0.13%   South Central Asia
Landlocked country in Central Asia.
Senegal 196,722 0.13%   West Africa
A country on Africa’s west coast that surrounds The Gambia.
Syria 185,180 0.12%
  Middle East
Includes the Golan Heights.
Cambodia 181,035 0.12%   Southeast Asia
A country in Southeast Asia on the Indochina peninsula, bordering the South China Sea.
Uruguay 176,215 0.12%   South America
Southern South American country south of Brazil. South America's second-smallest country.
Suriname 163,820 0.11%   South America
Smallest country in South America.
Tunisia 163,610 0.11%   North Africa
Country in North Africa bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
Nepal 147,181 0.10%   South Central Asia
Landlocked country in the Himalayas.
Bangladesh 143,998 0.10%   South Central Asia
A country in the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta, between India and Myanmar.
Tajikistan 143,100 0.10%   South Central Asia
A mountainous landlocked country in Central Asia.
Greece 131,957 0.09%   Southern Europe
A country in southeastern Europe consisting of a mainland on the Balkan peninsula and thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian sea.
Nicaragua 130,370 0.09%   Central America
Excludes San Andrés y Providencia islands (disputed territories with Colombia). Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America.
North Korea 120,538 0.08%   Eastern Asia
A country occupying the northern part of the Korean Peninsula.
Malawi 118,484 0.08%   Eastern Africa
A landlocked country in southeastern Africa bordering Lake Malawi.
Eritrea 117,600 0.08%   Eastern Africa
Includes Badme region.
Benin 112,622 0.08%   West Africa
The Republic of Benin is a country in West Africa with a short coastline at the Gulf of Guinea (Bight of Benin).
Honduras 112,492 0.08%   Central America
A country located on the Central American isthmus with coastlines at the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
Liberia 111,369 0.07%   West Africa
The Republic of Liberia is a country in West Africa with a coastline at the Atlantic Ocean.
Bulgaria 110,879 0.07%   Eastern Europe
A country on the Balkan Peninsula with a Black Sea coastline.
Cuba 109,884 0.07%   Caribbean
Cuba is the largest and most populous country/island in the Caribbean.
Guatemala 108,889 0.07%   Central America
A Central American country south of Mexico.
Iceland 103,000 0.07%   Northern Europe
A Nordic island nation in the North Atlantic and Arctic ocean south of the Arctic Circles.
South Korea 99,678 0.07%   Eastern Asia
A country occupying the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.
Hungary 93,028 0.06%   Eastern Europe
A landlocked country in Central Europe.
Portugal 92,090 0.06%   Southern Europe
Includes Azores and Madeira Islands.
Jordan 89,342 0.06%   Middle East
An Arab nation in the Middle East.
Azerbaijan 86,600 0.06%   Western Asia
Includes the exclave of Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic and the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.
French Guiana 83,534 0.06%   South America
Former French overseas département. Became a French region and was made part of France proper.
Austria 83,871 0.06%   Western Europe
Alpine landlocked country in South-Central Europe.
United Arab Emirates 83,600 0.06%   Middle East
A desert nation on the Arabian Peninsula with a coastline at the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Czech Republic 78,867 0.05%   Eastern Europe
A landlocked country in Eastern Central Europe, also known as Czechia.
Serbia 77,474 0.05%   Southern Europe
This figure does not include Kosovo, which recently unilaterally declared itself independent to partial recognition; Serbia, Russia, China and others object. Including Kosovo, which is still claimed by Serbia, the total area is 88,361 km², ranking Serbia at 113.
Panama 74,177 0.05%   Central America
Located on the Isthmus of Panama.
Sierra Leone 71,740 0.05%   West Africa
Located on the west coast of Africa.
Ireland (Republic of) 70,273 0.05%   Northern Europe
The island of Ireland itself has an area of 84,421 km².
Georgia 69,700 0.05%   Western Asia
Includes Abkhazia (8,600 km²) and South Ossetia.
Sri Lanka 65,610 0.04%   Western Asia
An island and country off the southeastern coast of India.
Lithuania 65,300 0.04%   Northern Europe
One of the three Baltic states on the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea.
Latvia 64,589 0.04%   Northern Europe
One of the three Baltic states, between Estonia and Lithuania; capital Riga.
Svalbard and Jan Mayen 62,422 0.04%   Northern Europe
A group of islands in the Arctic Ocean north of Norway.
Togo 56,785 0.04%   West Africa
A narrow strip of land in West Africa bordering the Bight of Benin.
Croatia 56,594 0.04%   Southern Europe
Croatia is located in Central and Southeast Europe, it has a coastline at the Adriatic Sea.
Bosnia and Herzegovina 51,197 0.03%   Southern Europe
The country in the western Balkans has a very narrow access to the Adriatic Sea in the southeast.
Costa Rica 51,100 0.03%   Central America
Located on the Central American isthmus, includes Isla del Coco.
Slovakia 49,035 0.03%   Eastern Europe
Officially the Slovak Republic, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe that was part of Czechoslovakia until 1 January 1993.
Dominican Republic 48,310 0.03%   Caribbean
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, a Greater Antilles island located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea; the other third belongs to Haiti.
Estonia 45,227 0.03%   Northern Europe
One of the three Baltic states, the area includes Estonia's 1,520 islands in the Baltic Sea.
Denmark 42,916 0.03%   Northern Europe
The size given refers only to Denmark proper. The entire Kingdom of Denmark, including Greenland and Faroe Islands, covers an area of 2,220,093 km², and it would be the world's 13th largest country.
Netherlands 41,543 0.03%   Western Europe
Includes the Netherlands proper only. Including its Caribbean islands, the entire Kingdom of the Netherlands covers 42,437 km².
Switzerland 41,285 0.03%   Western Europe
The landlocked country is extending across the north and south side of the Alps.
Bhutan 38,394 0.03%   Western Asia
A landlocked country located on the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas.
Taiwan (Republic of China) 36,188 0.02%   Eastern Asia
Includes only the territories under the administration of the ROC, namely Taiwan, plus the islands of Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu.
Guinea-Bissau 36,125 0.02%   West Africa
West Africa at the Atlantic coast.
Moldova 33,850 0.02%   Eastern Europe
Includes the de facto independent, autonomous territory of Transnistria (Pridnestrovie).
Belgium 30,528 0.02%   Western Europe
A federal monarchy in Western Europe.
Lesotho 30,355 0.02%   Southern Africa
A country entirely surrounded by South Africa. It is also the only independent nation in the world that lies completely on an elevation above 1,000 meters (3,281 ft).
Armenia 29,743 0.02%   Western Asia
A landlocked country in the South Caucasus.
Solomon Islands 28,896 0.02%   Oceania, Melanesia
An island nation east of Papua New Guinea.
Albania 28,748 0.02%   Southern Europe
Albania is a country on the Balkan Peninsula with a coast on the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea.
Equatorial Guinea 28,051 0.02%   Central Africa
The country consists of five small islands and an African mainland territory between Cameroon and Gabon named Río Muni.
Burundi 27,834 0.02%   Eastern Africa
A small, landlocked country in the center of Africa at Lake Tanganyika.
Haiti 27,750 0.02%   Caribbean
Haiti occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola.
Rwanda 26,338 0.02%   Eastern Africa
Landlocked high altitude country in Central/Eastern Africa, just south of the equator.
North Macedonia 25,713 0.02%   Southern Europe
A landlocked country located in the central Balkan peninsula, north of Greece.
Djibouti 23,200 0.02%   Eastern Africa
A small arid country in the Horn of Africa.
Belize 22,966 0.02%   Central America
Belize lies on the Caribbean coast of northern Central America.
Israel 22,072 0.01%   Middle East
Including the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem.
El Salvador 21,041 0.01%   Central America
Smallest country in Central America.
Slovenia 20,273 0.01%   Southern Europe
A country in Central /Southeastern Europe bordered by the Alps, with a small coastline at the Adriatic Sea.
New Caledonia 18,575 0.01%   Oceania, Melanesia
The special collectivity (province) of France is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, east of Australia.
Fiji 18,274 0.01%   Oceania, Melanesia
An archipelago in the South West Pacific, east of Australia.
Kuwait 17,818 0.01%   Middle East
A small, oil-rich country on the Arabian Peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf.
Swaziland (Eswatini) 17,364 0.01%   Southern Africa
Eswatini, officially the Kingdom of Eswatini, is a sovereign state in Southern Africa, formerly known as Swaziland.
East Timor 14,874 >0.01%   Southeast Asia
East Timor is a small country on the island of Timor in Maritime Southeast Asia, bordered by Indonesia.
The Bahamas 13,943 >0.01%   Caribbean
Archipelago in the western Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida.
Montenegro 13,812 >0.01%   Southern Europe
Montenegro is a small Balkan country with a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic sea.
Vanuatu 12,189 >0.01%   Oceania, Melanesia
Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean island nation consisting of around 80 islands.
Falkland Islands 12,173 >0.01%   South America
British Overseas Territory, claimed by Argentina. Excludes South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
Qatar 11,586 >0.01%   Middle East
Qatar, an Arab country occupying the small Qatar Peninsula in the Persian Gulf.
The Gambia 11,295 >0.01%   West Africa
The Gambia is the smallest African country on mainland Africa, situated along the Gambia River, with a narrow Atlantic coastline; it is surrounded by Senegal.
Jamaica 10,991 >0.01%   Caribbean
The Caribbean island nation south of Cuba is famous as the birthplace of reggae.
167 KSV Kosovo 10,887 >0.01%   Southern Europe
Kosovo unilaterally declared itself independent to partial recognition, with objections from Serbia, Russia, China and others. Serbia still claims the territory.
Lebanon 10,400 <0.01%   Middle East
Lebanon, a sovereign country situated north of Israel, with a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea.
Cyprus 9,251 <0.01%   Western Asia
Includes Northern Cyprus (only recognized by Turkey) and Akrotiri and Dhekelia (British Sovereign Base Areas).
Puerto Rico 8,870 <0.01%   Caribbean
An island in the Caribbean and an Unincorporated and organized U.S. territory.
Palestinian territories 6,020 <0.01%   Middle East
The figure consists of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Brunei Darussalam 5,765 <0.01%   Southeast Asia
One of the smallest countries in Asia (after Singapore and the Maldives).
Trinidad and Tobago 5,130 <0.01%   Caribbean
An island nation with two main islands off Venezuela's coast in the southern Caribbean.
French Polynesia 4,167 <0.01%   Oceania, Polynesia
French overseas collectivity, an archipelago of 118 dispersed islands in the South Pacific Ocean.
Cape Verde 4,033 <0.01%   West Africa
An island nation, an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean, west of Africa.
Samoa 2,831 <0.01%   Oceania, Polynesia
An island nation in the South Pacific Ocean, formerly known as Western Samoa.
Luxembourg 2,586 <0.01%   Western Europe
The Grand Duchy is a landlocked country in Western Europe.
Réunion 2,510 <0.01%   Eastern Africa
Known previously as Île Bourbon, an island and a French overseas department in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar.
Comoros 2,235 <0.01%   Eastern Africa
An island country at the northern end of Mozambique Channel (Indian Ocean). The figure includes the island of Mayotte (373 km²). Mayotte is officially an overseas collectivity of France and is not under the sovereignty of the Comoros.
Mauritius 2,040 <0.01%   Eastern Africa
Mauritius is a popular tourist destination in the Indian Ocean; the two main islands are Mauritius and Rodrigues. Figure includes Agalega Islands and Cargados Carajos Shoals (Saint Brandon).
Guadeloupe 1,630 <0.01%   Caribbean
The former French overseas département that included La Désirade, Marie Galante, Les Saintes, Saint-Barthélemy and Saint Martin (French part). Note that Saint-Barthélemy and Saint Martin became separate overseas collectivities in 2007 and are no longer politically part of Guadeloupe.
Faroe Islands 1,393 <0.01%   Northern Europe
An archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean and a self-governing territory of Denmark.
Hong Kong 1,106     Eastern Asia
The former British dependency is since 1997 a special administrative region (SAR) of China situated on the southeastern coast of China mainland.
Martinique 1,100 <0.01%   Caribbean
An island in the Caribbean Sea in the Lesser Antilles group and part of France proper.
Netherlands Antilles 999 <0.01%   Caribbean
Self-governing part of the Netherlands; includes Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten (Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin).
São Tomé and Príncipe
Sao Tome-et-Principe
964 <0.01%   Central Africa
The island nation in the Gulf of Guinea near the equator is the second-smallest country in Africa.
Turks and Caicos Islands 948 <0.01%   Caribbean
British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. The area includes protected waters.
Dominica 751 <0.01%   Caribbean
An island nation south-southeast of Guadeloupe in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea.
Tonga 747 <0.01%   Oceania, Polynesia
Tonga is an archipelago and island nation in Polynesia, comprising more than 170 islands scattered over an area of about 111,000 km² in the South Pacific.
Bahrain 741 <0.01%   Middle East
The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small island nation north of Qatar in the Persian Gulf.
Kiribati 726 <0.01%   Oceania, Micronesia
A sovereign island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, it includes three island groups - the Gilbert Islands, the Line Islands, and the Phoenix Islands.
Singapore 725 <0.01%   Southeast Asia
The second smallest Asian country. The official area is 718.3 km². Singapore is gaining in size through land reclamation off its coasts.
Micronesia, Federated States of 702 <0.01%   Oceania, Micronesia
The archipelago in the Western Pacific Ocean includes the Pohnpei (Ponape) archipelago, the island groups of Chuuk (Truk), the Yap islands, and Kosrae (Kosaie).
Isle of Man 572 <0.01%   Northern Europe
A crown dependency of the UK.
Guam 549 <0.01%   Oceania, Micronesia
One of the Mariana Islands, administered as an unincorporated territory of the USA.
Saint Lucia 539 <0.01%   Caribbean
An island nation in the eastern Caribbean south of Martinique.
Palau 490 <0.01%   Oceania, Micronesia
An island chain of more than 500 islands in the Micronesia region of the western Pacific Ocean. [*]
Northern Mariana Islands 477 <0.01%   Oceania, Micronesia
Commonwealth in political union with the USA; includes 14 islands including Saipan, Rota, and Tinian.
Andorra 468 <0.01%   Southern Europe
A Principality and a microstate in Southwestern Europe, in the eastern Pyrenees mountains. The second-smallest country in the world that borders more than one other country.
Seychelles 455 <0.01%   Eastern Africa
The archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean is the smallest African country and a popular tourist destination.
Antigua and Barbuda 442 <0.01%   Caribbean/West Indies
The country in the western West Indies consists of the two main islands Antigua and Barbuda, and includes the island of Redonda.
Barbados 431 <0.01%   Caribbean
A sovereign island country within the British Commonwealth, situated in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 389 <0.01%   Caribbean
(Saint Vincent 344 km²), an island chain country in the Lesser Antilles, south of Saint Lucia.
Virgin Islands U.S. 347 <0.01%   Caribbean
Unincorporated, organized territory of the USA.
Grenada 344 <0.01%   Caribbean
An island country in the southeastern Caribbean Sea north of Trinidad and Tobago.
Malta 316 <0.01%   Southern Europe
Malta is an island nation in the central Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and the North African coast, east of Tunisia.
Maldives 298 <0.01%   Western Asia
An island nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 coral atolls. The smallest country in Asia by land area.
Cayman Islands 264 <0.01%   Caribbean
A British Overseas Territory.
Saint Kitts and Nevis 261 <0.01%   Caribbean
Also known as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, the smallest sovereign state in the Americas and the Western Hemisphere is located east of Puerto Rico.
Niue 260 <0.01%   Oceania, Polynesia
Niue, the world's largest coral island, is a self-governing nation in free association with New Zealand.
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 242 <0.01%   North America
Officially the Territorial Collectivity of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, an archipelago south of the island of Newfoundland (Canada), the French territory includes eight small islands in the Saint Pierre and the Miquelon group.
Cook Islands 236 <0.01%   Oceania, Polynesia
Self-governing in free association with New Zealand.
American Samoa 199 <0.01%   Oceania, Polynesia
Unorganized, unincorporated territory of the USA; includes Rose Island and Swains Island.
Marshall Islands 181 <0.01%   Oceania, Micronesia
Includes the atolls of Bikini, Enewetak, Kwajalein, Majuro, Rongelap, and Utirik.
Aruba 180 <0.01%   Caribbean
Self-governing part of the Netherlands.
Liechtenstein 160 <0.01%   Western Europe
The smallest country in the world that borders more than one other country.
British Virgin Islands 151 <0.01%   Caribbean
British Overseas Territory comprises 16 inhabited and more than 20 uninhabited Caribbean islands to the east of Puerto Rico.
Wallis and Futuna 142 <0.01%   Oceania, Polynesia
French overseas collectivity; includes Île Uvéa (Wallis Island), Île Futuna (Futuna Island), Île Alofi, and 20 islets.
Saint Helena 122 <0.01%   West Africa
British Overseas Territory; excluding dependencies.
Jersey 116 <0.01%   Northern Europe
Crown dependency of the UK.
Montserrat 102 <0.01%   Caribbean
A British Overseas Territory in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean.
Tristan da Cunha 98 <0.01%   South Atlantic Ocean
A dependency of St Helena (UK). Area refers to the only inhabited island.
Anguilla 91 <0.01%   Caribbean
A British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean.
Ascension Island 88 <0.01%   South Atlantic Ocean
A dependency of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Guernsey 78 <0.01%   Northern Europe
A crown dependency of the UK; includes Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Sark, and some other smaller islands.
San Marino 61 <0.01%   Southern Europe
The third_smallest country in Europe, an enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy.
Bermuda 53 <0.01%   North America
An archipelago and a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Norfolk Island 36 <0.01%   Oceania /Australia
A self-governing area of Australia.
Tuvalu 26 <0.01%   Oceania, Polynesia
The second-smallest country in Oceania.
Nauru 21 <0.01%   Oceania, Micronesia
The smallest country in Oceania, smallest island nation in the world and the third smallest country in the world.
Tokelau 12 <0.01%   Oceania /Australia
Tokelau is a dependent territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean and consists of three tropical coral atolls, Atafu, Nukunonu, and Fakaofo.
Gibraltar 6 <0.01%   Southern Europe
British Overseas Territory on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula.
Pitcairn Islands 5 <0.01%   Oceania, Polynesia
British Overseas Territory and smallest dependent territory in the world.
Monaco 1.95 <0.01%   Southern Europe
The Principality, which forms an enclave within mainland France, is the second smallest country in the world.
Vatican City 0.44 <0.01%   Southern Europe
The smallest completely independent country in the world is a Papal State and an enclave in the city of Rome. Seat of the Pope and the head of the Roman Catholic Church (Holy See).


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