Land area (sq. km) - Country Ranking

Definition: Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Russia 16,376,870.00 2015
2 China 9,388,211.00 2015
3 United States 9,147,420.00 2015
4 Canada 9,093,510.00 2015
5 Brazil 8,358,140.00 2015
6 Australia 7,682,300.00 2015
7 India 2,973,190.00 2015
8 Argentina 2,736,690.00 2015
9 Kazakhstan 2,699,700.00 2015
10 Algeria 2,381,740.00 2015
11 Sudan 2,376,000.00 2015
12 Dem. Rep. Congo 2,267,050.00 2015
13 Saudi Arabia 2,149,690.00 2015
14 Mexico 1,943,950.00 2015
15 Indonesia 1,811,570.00 2015
16 Libya 1,759,540.00 2015
17 Iran 1,628,550.00 2015
18 Mongolia 1,553,560.00 2015
19 Peru 1,280,000.00 2015
20 Niger 1,266,700.00 2015
21 Chad 1,259,200.00 2015
22 Angola 1,246,700.00 2015
23 Mali 1,220,190.00 2015
24 South Africa 1,213,090.00 2015
25 Colombia 1,109,500.00 2015
26 Bolivia 1,083,300.00 2015
27 Mauritania 1,030,700.00 2015
28 Ethiopia 1,000,000.00 2015
29 Egypt 995,450.00 2015
30 Nigeria 910,770.00 2015
31 Tanzania 885,800.00 2015
32 Venezuela 882,050.00 2015
33 Namibia 823,290.00 2015
34 Mozambique 786,380.00 2015
35 Pakistan 770,880.00 2015
36 Turkey 769,630.00 2015
37 Chile 743,532.00 2015
38 Zambia 743,390.00 2015
39 Myanmar 653,080.00 2015
40 Afghanistan 652,860.00 2015
41 Somalia 627,340.00 2015
42 Central African Republic 622,980.00 2015
43 Madagascar 581,800.00 2015
44 Ukraine 579,320.00 2015
45 Kenya 569,140.00 2015
46 Botswana 566,730.00 2015
47 France 547,557.00 2015
48 Yemen 527,970.00 2015
49 Thailand 510,890.00 2015
50 Spain 500,210.00 2015
51 Cameroon 472,710.00 2015
52 Turkmenistan 469,930.00 2015
53 Papua New Guinea 452,860.00 2015
54 Morocco 446,300.00 2015
55 Iraq 434,320.00 2015
56 Uzbekistan 425,400.00 2015
57 Greenland 410,450.00 2015
58 Sweden 407,340.00 2015
59 Paraguay 397,300.00 2015
60 Zimbabwe 386,850.00 2015
61 Norway 365,245.00 2015
62 Japan 364,560.00 2015
63 Germany 348,540.00 2015
64 Congo 341,500.00 2015
65 Malaysia 328,550.00 2015
66 Côte d'Ivoire 318,000.00 2015
67 Vietnam 310,070.00 2015
68 Oman 309,500.00 2015
69 Poland 306,210.00 2015
70 Finland 303,890.00 2015
71 Philippines 298,170.00 2015
72 Italy 294,140.00 2015
73 Burkina Faso 273,600.00 2015
74 New Zealand 263,310.00 2015
75 Gabon 257,670.00 2015
76 Ecuador 248,360.00 2015
77 Guinea 245,720.00 2015
78 United Kingdom 241,930.00 2015
79 Lao PDR 230,800.00 2015
80 Romania 230,030.00 2015
81 Ghana 227,540.00 2015
82 Belarus 202,910.00 2015
83 Uganda 200,520.00 2015
84 Guyana 196,850.00 2015
85 Senegal 192,530.00 2015
86 Kyrgyz Republic 191,800.00 2015
87 Syrian Arab Republic 183,630.00 2015
88 Cambodia 176,520.00 2015
89 Uruguay 175,020.00 2015
90 Suriname 156,000.00 2015
91 Tunisia 155,360.00 2015
92 Nepal 143,350.00 2015
93 Tajikistan 139,960.00 2015
94 Bangladesh 130,170.00 2015
95 Greece 128,900.00 2015
96 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 120,410.00 2015
97 Nicaragua 120,340.00 2015
98 Benin 112,760.00 2015
99 Honduras 111,890.00 2015
100 Bulgaria 108,560.00 2015
101 Guatemala 107,160.00 2015
102 Cuba 106,449.00 2015
103 Eritrea 101,000.00 2015
104 Iceland 100,250.00 2015
105 Korea 97,466.00 2015
106 Liberia 96,320.00 2015
107 Malawi 94,280.00 2015
108 Portugal 91,600.00 2015
109 Hungary 90,530.00 2015
110 Jordan 88,780.00 2015
111 Serbia 87,460.00 2015
112 United Arab Emirates 83,600.00 2015
113 Azerbaijan 82,659.00 2015
114 Austria 82,531.00 2015
115 Czech Republic 77,230.00 2015
116 Panama 74,340.00 2015
117 Sierra Leone 72,180.00 2015
118 Georgia 69,490.00 2015
119 Ireland 68,890.00 2015
120 Sri Lanka 62,710.00 2015
121 Lithuania 62,675.00 2015
122 Latvia 62,190.00 2015
123 Croatia 55,960.00 2015
124 Togo 54,390.00 2015
125 Bosnia and Herzegovina 51,200.00 2015
126 Costa Rica 51,060.00 2015
127 Dominican Republic 48,320.00 2015
128 Slovak Republic 48,088.00 2015
129 Denmark 42,430.00 2015
130 Estonia 42,390.00 2015
131 Switzerland 39,516.00 2015
132 Bhutan 38,117.00 2015
133 Netherlands 33,670.00 2015
134 Moldova 32,880.00 2015
135 Lesotho 30,360.00 2015
136 Belgium 30,280.00 2015
137 Armenia 28,470.00 2015
138 Guinea-Bissau 28,120.00 2015
139 Equatorial Guinea 28,050.00 2015
140 Solomon Islands 27,990.00 2015
141 Haiti 27,560.00 2015
142 Albania 27,400.00 2015
143 Burundi 25,680.00 2015
144 Macedonia 25,220.00 2015
145 Rwanda 24,670.00 2015
146 Djibouti 23,180.00 2015
147 Belize 22,810.00 2015
148 Israel 21,640.00 2015
149 El Salvador 20,720.00 2015
150 Slovenia 20,140.00 2015
151 New Caledonia 18,280.00 2015
152 Fiji 18,270.00 2015
153 Kuwait 17,820.00 2015
154 Swaziland 17,200.00 2015
155 Timor-Leste 14,870.00 2015
156 Montenegro 13,450.00 2015
157 Vanuatu 12,190.00 2015
158 Qatar 11,610.00 2015
159 Jamaica 10,830.00 2015
160 Lebanon 10,230.00 2015
161 The Gambia 10,120.00 2015
162 The Bahamas 10,010.00 2015
163 Cyprus 9,240.00 2015
164 Puerto Rico 8,870.00 2015
165 Brunei 5,270.00 2015
166 Trinidad and Tobago 5,130.00 2015
167 Cabo Verde 4,030.00 2015
168 Samoa 2,830.00 2015
169 Luxembourg 2,590.00 2015
170 Mauritius 2,030.00 2015
171 Comoros 1,861.00 2015
172 Hong Kong SAR, China 1,050.00 2015
173 São Tomé and Principe 960.00 2015
174 Kiribati 810.00 2015
175 Bahrain 770.00 2015
176 Dominica 750.00 2015
177 Tonga 720.00 2015
178 Singapore 707.00 2015
179 St. Lucia 610.00 2015
180 Andorra 470.00 2015
181 Palau 460.00 2015
182 Seychelles 455.00 2015
183 Antigua and Barbuda 440.00 2015
184 Barbados 430.00 2015
185 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 390.00 2015
186 Grenada 340.00 2015
187 Malta 320.00 2015
188 St. Kitts and Nevis 260.00 2015
189 Cayman Islands 240.00 2015
190 Liechtenstein 160.00 2015
191 San Marino 60.00 2015
192 Macao SAR, China 30.30 2015
193 Tuvalu 30.00 2015
194 Monaco 2.00 2015

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Development Relevance: Land area is particularly important for understanding an economy's agricultural capacity and the environmental effects of human activity. Innovations in satellite mapping and computer databases have resulted in more precise measurements of land and water areas. Population, land area, income, and output are basic measures of the size of an economy. They also provide a broad indication of actual and potential resources. Land area is therefore used as one of the major indicator to normalize other indicators.

Limitations and Exceptions: The data are collected by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations through annual questionnaires. The FAO tries to impose standard definitions and reporting methods, but complete consistency across countries and over time is not possible. The data collected from official national sources through the questionnaire are supplemented with information from official secondary data sources. The secondary sources cover official country data from websites of national ministries, national publications and related country data reported by various international organizations.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Total land area does not include inland water bodies such as major rivers and lakes. Variations from year to year may be due to updated or revised data rather than to change in area.

Aggregation method: Sum

Periodicity: Annual