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Top Ten Largest Countries in the World

There is a large variation in the size of countries around the world. Some are incredibly small like Vatican City and some are huge like Russia. The natural resources located in these countries also varies substantially. These differences, just like all differences relating to humanity, add to the experience of life. Each country is unique and so are their customs and people  Without further ado the top ten largest countries by land are in the world are:

10

Algeria

Land area: 2,381,741 square kilometers

Algeria, located in northern Africa on the Mediterranean cost comes in at the tenth spot on this list. It is located between Morocco and Tunisia. Algeria contains a ton of natural oil deposits located around the country and is the primary source of revenue for the country.

9

Kazakhstan

Land area: 2,724,900 square kilometers

Kazakhstan is the largest land-locked country int he world. It is border by Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan  Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and the Caspian Sea. The country is home to about 16.2 million people.

8

Argentina

Land area: 2,780,400 square kilometers

Of all the South American countries, Argentina is only surpassed in size by its neighbor Brazil. Argentina is a diverse country home to glaciers, rainforests, and an abundant variety of wildlife. The country’s southernmost city of Ushuaia is commonly used as the gateway to Antarctica and the Patagonian region.

7

India

Land area: 3,287,263 square kilometers

India is the 2nd most populated country in the world and is the third largest country in Asia after Russia and China. India gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1947 and has increasingly been a popular tourist destination every since.

6

Australia

Land area: 7,741,220 square kilometers

Although the world’s smallest continent, Australia is the only country in the world to take up an entire continent. Australia is considered to be one of the world’s most developed countries.

5

Brazil

Land area: 8,514,877 square kilometers

Brazil is by far the largest country located in South America and is the also the largest country in the southern hemisphere of the planet. In South America, Brazil is only one of a few non-Spanish speaking countries; the official language is Portuguese.  Perhaps, Brazil is best known for the Amazon Rainforest and its other abundant natural wonders.

4

China

Land area: 9,596,691 square kilometers

China is the second largest country on the Asian continent after Russia. China is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations and is by far the most populated country in the entire world with more than 1.4 billion residents.

3

United States of America

Land area: 9,826,675 square kilometers

The United States is bordered to the North by Canada and to the South by Mexico and is the second largest country located in North America. It is exceeded in size, only slightly, by Canada. The United States is always perhaps unique in that it is the only country in the world that has  continuous land that is separated by another country with the state of Alaska. The United States also has several territories located in the Caribbean and in the Pacific.

2

Canada

Land area: 9,984,670 square kilometers

Canada is the largest country located within the Western hemisphere. It occupies a substantial portion of the continent of North America. Both English and French are recognized as official languages in Canada.

1

Russia

Land area: 17,098,242 square kilometers

Russia is by far the largest country in the world in terms of land area. It is nearly double that of the next largest country. The country itself spans 9 different time zones and has a wide variety of different climates, environments, and landscapes.

 

Source: CIA World Factbook