Largest Countries in the World

map of Russia, which covers more than 17 million square kilometers

Map of Russia
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The top ten largest countries, in square kilometers.

1. Russia 17,098,242
2. Canada 9,984,670
3. United States 9,826,675
4. China 9,596,961
5. Brazil 8,514,877
6. Australia 7,741,220
7. India 3,287,263
8. Argentina 2,780,400
9. Kazakhstan 2,724,900
10. Algeria 2,381,741


NOTE: Country rankings of the type presented above cannot pretend to be definitive; instead they aspire only to provide the reader with an approximation of the high and low ends on a particular scale. Country data vary enormously depending on the sources, and the absence of reliable data on some countries requires their omission, which further skews the results. Only countries for which statistics were available in sources 1 and 2 figure in these lists. *Size refers to the total area of a country, which includes the land area plus bodies of water. Sources: The World Factbook, 2013.



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