The following is a list of the ten biggest islands on earth. An island is defined an area of land or landmass that is surrounded entirely by water. This is a list of the largest islands in the world based on the total land area.
For each island you will learn the area in square kilometers and square miles, the ocean it is located in and the nation it is part of. The top ten largest islands on earth (ranked from largest to smallest) are:
|1||Greenland (main island)|
The least densely populated country in the world with 0.139 people per sq.km. 0.290 per sq.mile.
822,700 sq. mi.
(Kingdom of Denmark)
This is the largest island in the world that is shared by more than one country.
303,381 sq. mi.
Papua New Guinea
The largest island in Asia is home to the smallest elephant and bear species in the world.
288,869 sq. mi.
|4||Madagascar (main island)|
Famous for the flora and fauna that exists nowhere else in the world, including lemurs.
226,658 sq. mi.
The Inuktitut name for Canada’s largest island is ‘Qikiqtaaluk’ which means ‘very big island’.
195,928 sq. mi.
The equator crosses through the middle of the largest island fully within Indonesian territory.
171,068 sq. mi.
The name of Japan’s largest Island means ‘main island’, the highest point is Mount Fuji.
87,200 sq. mi.
Canada’s second-largest island is named after the Canadian sovereign from 1867 to 1901.
83,897 sq. mi.
Made up of three countries, the earliest known name for the largest island in Europe is Albion.
80,823 sq. mi.
|United Kingdom||North Atlantic|
Canada’s northernmost and third largest island, in 2021 the population was recorded at 144.
75,767 sq. mi.
And if you were expecting to see Australia on this list…
Continental landmasses are not usually classified as islands. The dictionary defines an island as a body of land smaller than a continent, that is wholly surrounded by water. Australia is defined as the smallest continent. The largest continental landmasses (approx. figures) are:
30,815,094 sq. mi.
14,555,906 sq. mi.
4,738,600 sq. mi.
2,931,136 sq. mi.
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