Largest countries in the world

The statistic shows the 30 largest countries in the world by area. Russia is the largest country by far, with a total area of about 17 million square kilometers.

Population of Russia

Despite its large area, Russia - nowadays the largest country in the world - has a relatively small total population. However, its population is still rather large in numbers in comparison to those of other countries. In mid-2014, it was ranked ninth on a list of countries with the largest population, a ranking led by China with a population of over 1.37 billion people. In 2015, the estimated total population of Russia amounted to around 146 million people.

The aforementioned low population density in Russia is a result of its vast landmass; in 2014, there were only around 8.78 inhabitants per square kilometer living in the country. Most of the Russian population lives in the nation’s capital and largest city, Moscow: In 2015, over 12 million people lived in the metropolis.

The 30 largest countries in the world by total area

Area in square kilometers
Russia17,098,242
Canada9,984,670
USA9,833,517
China9,596,960
Brazil8,515,770
Australia7,741,220
India3,287,263
Argentina2,780,400
Kazakhstan2,724,900
Algeria2,381,741
Democratic Republic of Congo2,344,858
Greenland2,166,086
Saudi Arabia2,149,690
Mexico1,964,375
Indonesia1,904,569
Sudan1,861,484
Libya1,759,540
Iran1,648,195
Mongolia1,564,116
Peru1,285,216
Chad1,284,000
Niger1,267,000
Angola1,246,700
Mali1,240,192
South Africa1,219,090
Colombia1,138,910
Ethiopia1,104,300
Bolivia1,098,581
Mauritania1,030,700
Egypt1,001,450
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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2019

Supplementary notes

According to the source, countries for which there is no information are not included.
According to the source, area compares the sum of all land and water areas delimited by international boundaries and/or coastlines.

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