Top 10 Largest Countries In The World By Size


In a world where every nook and cranny seems to be charted, the immense expanses of the planet’s largest countries still evoke a sense of wonder and awe. Their vast territories, stretching over diverse landscapes, tell tales of ancient civilizations, pioneering spirit, and natural grandeur.

While smaller nations might be likened to intricate jewels, these colossal countries are the canvases upon which some of history’s most profound narratives have been painted. Embark with us on an odyssey through these grand landscapes, as we count down the top 10 largest countries in the world.

10) Algeria (2,381,741 square km)

Continent: Africa

Key Facts: Largest country in Africa; 70% percent of lawyers and 60% of judges are women

Famous Person: Albert Camus, French philosopher and author born in Algeria.

Population: 45.6 Million (Approx)

With its roots dating back to ancient civilizations like Carthage and Numidia, Algeria’s history is rich. The Sahara desert, with its otherworldly landscapes, dominates the country, while coastal cities like Algiers reflect a blend of Berber, Arab, and French influences.

9) Kazakhstan (2,724,900 square km)

Continent: Asia

Key Facts: Largest landlocked country in the world; home to one of the largest lakes in the world; 99 elements depicted on the Periodic Table can be found here.

Famous Person: Gennady Golovkin, professional boxer.

Population: 19.6 Million (Approx)

Since gaining independence in 1991, Kazakhstan has embraced its nomadic roots and modern aspirations. The endless steppes, the ancient Silk Road cities, and the futuristic capital Nur-Sultan epitomize its blend of old and new.

8) Argentina (2,780,400 square km)

Continent: South America

Key Facts: Buenos Aires has the largest Mosque in Latin America; Buenos Aires has the widest street in the world; World’s first animated film was made here

Most Famous People: Lionel Messi, Che Guevara (Timeline), Juan Perón

Independent since 1816, Argentina is as diverse as it is vast. The Andean peaks, the vast Pampas, and the vibrant life of Buenos Aires showcase its variety. Tango music and dance, as well as Argentine steaks, have found fans across the world.

7) India (3,287,263 square km)

Continent: Asia

Key Facts: Has over 300,000 mosques and over 2 million Hindu temples; Chenab Bridge is the highest rail bridge in the world; The Board game “Snakes and Ladders” originated here.

Most Famous People: Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Mother Teresa

Population: 1.4 Billion (Approx)

With history spanning over five millennia, India is a tapestry of cultures, religions, and landscapes. The architectural marvel of the Taj Mahal, the spiritual aura of Varanasi, and the colorful festivals showcase its rich heritage. Indian cuisine, with its spices and flavors, is adored globally.

6) Australia (7,692,024 square km)

Continent: Oceania

Key Facts: 90% of Australians live on the coast; The Great Barrier Reef is the largest eco-system in the world; Holds the world’s largest war memorial, The Great Ocean Road

Most Famous People: Steve Irwin, Rupert Murdoch, Hugh Jackman, Kylie Minogue

Population: 26.4 Million (Approx)

Federated in 1901, Australia is a realm of contrasts. The arid Outback, teeming with unique fauna like kangaroos, stands in stark contrast to bustling cities like Sydney. Australia’s Indigenous cultures add depth to its modern identity.

5) Brazil (8,515,767 square km)

Continent: South America

Key Facts: The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s largest tropical rainforest; Holds more than 400 airports; Brazilian football team have won the world cup a record 5 times.

Most Famous People: Pelé, Paulo Coelho, Neymar

Population: 216 Million (Approx)

Since its discovery in 1500, Brazil has been a land of diversity. From the 16th to early 19th century though, Brazil was expanded as a colony, kingdom and an integral part of the Portuguese Empire. From 7th September 1822, Brazil was founded as the Empire of Brazil.

The Amazon Rainforest teems with unrivaled biodiversity, while Rio de Janeiro’s carnival vibrates with colors and rhythms. Brazilian cuisine, with delights like feijoada, captures its diverse cultural influences.

4) United States (9,525,067 square km)

Continent: North America

Key Facts: New Jersey holds the  world’s highest roller coaster; More people live in New York than in 40 of the 50 states; Holds the most Nobel Prize winners

Most Famous People: Martin Luther King Jr. (Timeline), Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein

Population: 331 Million (Approx)

Founded in 1776, the US is a melting pot of cultures and geographies. From the Grand Canyon’s majesty to the vibrant beats of New Orleans, the US stands as a testament to nature’s beauty and human innovation. It’s also a hub for global entertainment, particularly Hollywood.

3) China (9,596,961 square km)

Continent: Asia

Key Facts: The world’s biggest exporter; 45 million chopsticks are used per year; Created and issued the world’s first paper money

Most Famous People: Confucius, ancient Chinese teacher and philosopher, Jackie Chain, Dalai Lama, Bruce Lee

Population: 1.4 Billion (Approx)

With roots dating back millennia, China’s civilization is one of the world’s oldest. The country offers a breathtaking mix of ancient wonders like the Terracotta Army and ultra-modern skylines in cities such as Shanghai. Its culinary legacy is equally impressive, with Chinese cuisine influencing palates worldwide.

2) Canada (9,984,670 square km)

Continent: North America

Key Facts: A bear from Canada inspired Winnie the Pooh; Canada has 2 deserts; Holds the longest highway in the world, the Trans-Canada Highway.

Most Famous Person: Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, 

Population: 38.7 million (Approx)

Established in 1867, Canada’s vast terrains range from the rugged Rocky Mountains to pristine maritime provinces. Celebrated for its multiculturalism, Canada’s cities like Toronto and Vancouver are as captivating as its famous northern lights and sprawling national parks.

1) Russia (17,098,242 square km)

Continent: Europe/Asia

Key Facts: Holds the world’s longest railway; Tetris was invented here; It has 12 active volcanoes

Most Famous People: Fyodor Dostoevsky, one of the most important novelists of the 19th century, Joseph Stalin (Timeline), Maria Sharapova, Yuri Gagarin

Population: 144 million (Approx)

Founded as the Russian Empire in the early 18th century, Russia’s vast expanse covers a staggering range of environments and cultures. From the historic palaces of St. Petersburg to the icy terrains of Siberia, its landscapes are as varied as its people. A confluence of European and Asian influences marks its rich history and cultural treasures.

So there we have it, our countdown of the top 10 largest countries in the world. Did any of these surprise you? Which have you visited? Let us know in the comments below!

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