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This is a list of the world's countries and their
dependent territories A dependent territory, dependent area, or dependency is a territory that does not possess full political independence upright=1.0, Pedro I of Brazil, Pedro surrounded by a crowd in São Paulo after breaking the news of Independence of Brazi ...
by area, ranked by total area. Entries in this list include, but are not limited to, those in the
ISO 3166-1 ISO 3166-1 (''Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions – Part 1: Country codes'') is a standard defining codes for the names of countries, dependent territories, and special areas of geographical interest. It i ...
standard, which includes
sovereign states A sovereign state is a political entity A polity is an identifiable political entity—any group of people who have a collective identity, who are organized by some form of Institutionalisation, institutionalized social relation, social relation ...
and dependent territories. All 193
member states of the United Nations Member may refer to: * Military juryA United States military "jury" (or "Members", in military parlance) serves a function similar to an American civilian jury, but with several notable differences. Only a Courts-martial in the United States, Gene ...

member states of the United Nations
plus the two observer states are given a rank number. Largely unrecognised states not in ISO 3166-1 are included in the list in ranked order. The areas of such largely unrecognised
states State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly magazine published by the U.S. Department of State * The State (newspaper), ''The State'' (newspaper), a daily newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, Un ...
are in most cases also included in the areas of the more widely recognised states that claim the same territory; see the notes in the "notes" column for each country for clarification. Not included in the list are individual country claims to parts of the continent of
Antarctica Antarctica ( or ) is Earth's southernmost continent. It contains the geographic South Pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Oc ...

Antarctica
or entities such as the
European Union The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of member states that are located primarily in Europe Europe is a which is also recognised as part of , located entirely in the and mostly in the . It comprises the wester ...

European Union
that have some degree of sovereignty but do not consider themselves to be sovereign countries or dependent territories. This list includes three measurements of area: *Total area: the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines. *Land area: the aggregate of all land within international boundaries and coastlines, excluding water area. * Water area: the sum of the surface areas of all inland water bodies (lakes,
reservoir A reservoir (; from French ''réservoir'' ) is most commonly an enlarged natural or artificial lake A lake is an area filled with water, localized in a basin, surrounded by land Land is the solid surface of Earth that is not per ...

reservoir
s, and rivers) within international boundaries and coastlines. Coastal
internal waters 300px, Schematic map of maritime zones. According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, a nation's internal waters include waters on the side of the baseline (sea), baseline of a nation's territorial waters that is facing toward th ...
may be included.
Territorial sea The term territorial waters is sometimes used informally to refer to any area of water over which a state has jurisdiction Jurisdiction (from Latin ''Wikt:ius#Latin, juris'' 'law' + ''Wikt:dictio, dictio'' 'declaration') is the practical auth ...
s are not included unless otherwise noted. Contiguous zones and exclusive economic zones are not included. Data is taken from the
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unless otherwise noted.


Map


Countries and dependencies by area


Charts

The charts below are based on the ''
CIA World Factbook ''The World Factbook'', also known as the ''CIA World Factbook'', is a reference resource produced by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with almanac-style information about the list of sovereign states, countries of the world. The official ...
'' as of February 15, 2005.
Sovereign state A sovereign state is a political entity A polity is an identifiable political entity—any group of people who have a collective identity, who are organized by some form of Institutionalisation, institutionalized social relation, social relatio ...
s with areas greater than 100,000 km2 are shown in green. In addition, non-sovereign territories are included for purposes of comparison, and are shown in gray. Areas include inland water bodies (lakes, reservoirs, rivers). Claims to parts of
Antarctica Antarctica ( or ) is Earth's southernmost continent. It contains the geographic South Pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Oc ...

Antarctica
by various countries are not included.


Countries larger than 1.5 million km2


Countries between 100,000 km2 and 1.5 million km2


See also

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List of countries and dependencies by area, population and population density This is a list of countries and dependent territories ranked by population density, measured by the number of human Humans (''Homo sapiens'') are the most populous and widespread species of primates, characterized by bipedality, opposable thu ...
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List of countries and dependencies by population This is a list of countries and dependencies by population. It includes sovereign state A sovereign state is a political entity A polity is an identifiable political entity—any group of people who have a collective identity, who are organ ...
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List of political and geographic subdivisions by total area This is an index of a series of comprehensive lists of continent A continent is any of several large landmasses. Generally identified by convention (norm), convention rather than any strict criteria, up to seven geographical regions are commo ...
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List of largest empires A ''list'' is any set of items. List or lists may also refer to: People * List (surname)List or Liste is a European surname. Notable people with the surname include: List * Friedrich List (1789–1846), German economist * Garrett List (194 ...
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List of sovereign states The following is a list providing an overview of sovereign state A sovereign state is a polity, political entity represented by one centralized government that has sovereignty over a geographic area. International law defines sovereign s ...
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Orders of magnitude (area) This page is a progressive and labelled list of the SI area Area is the quantity that expresses the extent of a two-dimensional region, shape, or planar lamina, in the plane. Surface area is its analog on the two-dimensional surface of ...


Notes


References


External links


Countries of the world ordered by land area
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Area Area is the quantity Quantity is a property that can exist as a multitude or magnitude, which illustrate discontinuity and continuity. Quantities can be compared in terms of "more", "less", or "equal", or by assigning a numerical value in ...
Area Area is the quantity Quantity is a property that can exist as a multitude or magnitude, which illustrate discontinuity and continuity. Quantities can be compared in terms of "more", "less", or "equal", or by assigning a numerical value in ...