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Countries of the World by Area


What makes a country huge or small?

Borders define nations. The political and possibly natural limits of a country determine its physical territory, and thus its size.
Political boundaries are the artificial lines that separate one political entity, such as a country or state, from another. Natural borders are oceans, seas, rivers, and mountain ranges.

The Largest Countries

The three largest sovereign countries by surface area are RussiaCanada, and the United States. Together they occupy roughly a quarter of Earth’s landmass. Other heavyweights in size are ChinaBrazilAustralia, India, Argentina and Kazakhstan.

The Smallest Countries

Among the world’s smallest countries are the island nations of the Caribbean and the South Pacific Ocean (Oceania).

The three smallest countries in the world are Vatican City, an enclave within Rome, Italy. Monaco, a principality at the Mediterranean coast and an enclave within Southern France, and Nauru, an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.

Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite image of Italy, the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula and the islands of Corsica and Sardinia
Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite image of Italy (in center) with the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula (upper right corner). West of Italy are the islands of Corsica (France, top) and Sardinia (Italy) in the Mediterranean Sea. The visible part of the Balkan Peninsula is shared by at least six countries.
Image: European Space Agency

Land Reclamation

Normally, the size of countries does not change much except due to special circumstances such as land reclamation. Land reclamation is the process of creating new land from oceans, seas, and wetlands or expanding coastlines. Reclaimed land increases the size of a country.

The leading country in land reclamation is China; since 1949, the People’s Republic has created a large amount of artificial land, estimated at more than 13,000 km², roughly the size of the Bahamas.

Other countries with successful land reclamation of considerable size are the Netherlands (7,000 km²), South Korea (1,550 km²), United States (1,000+ km²), Japan (500+ km²), UAE (470 km²), Bahrain (410 km²), Singapore (135 km²), Bangladesh (110 km²) and Hong Kong (67 km).


You can increase the size of your nation by invading neighboring countries. The process has gone somewhat out of fashion. Occupying other countries was a kind of sporting event in colonial times (Scramble for Africa).
The two world wars were used to reduce the population of the enemy’s civilian population and expand the own sphere of power.
This form of striving for power still exists in some cases. Examples of contemporary military occupations include the Gaz Strip, the West Bank, Northern Cyprus, Abkhazia, the Western Sahara and Crimea.
China is persistently trying to expand its sphere of power in the South China Sea, 90% of which Beijing claims as its territorial waters, ignoring that under international maritime laws Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Brunei are also entitled to their maritime resource zones.

src: nationsonline


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