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 2017
2 China 9,388,211.00 2017
3 United States 9,147,420.00 2017
4 Canada 9,093,510.00 2017
5 Brazil 8,358,140.00 2017
6 Australia 7,682,300.00 2017
7 India 2,973,190.00 2017
8 Argentina 2,736,690.00 2017
9 Kazakhstan 2,699,700.00 2017
10 Algeria 2,381,741.00 2017
11 Sudan 2,376,000.00 2017
12 Dem. Rep. Congo 2,267,050.00 2017
13 Saudi Arabia 2,149,690.00 2017
14 Mexico 1,943,950.00 2017
15 Indonesia 1,811,570.00 2017
16 Libya 1,759,540.00 2017
17 Iran 1,628,760.00 2017
18 Mongolia 1,553,560.00 2017
19 Peru 1,280,000.00 2017
20 Niger 1,266,700.00 2017
21 Chad 1,259,200.00 2017
22 Angola 1,246,700.00 2017
23 Mali 1,220,190.00 2017
24 South Africa 1,213,090.00 2017
25 Colombia 1,109,500.00 2017
26 Bolivia 1,083,300.00 2017
27 Mauritania 1,030,700.00 2017
28 Ethiopia 1,000,000.00 2017
29 Egypt 995,450.00 2017
30 Nigeria 910,770.00 2017
31 Tanzania 885,800.00 2017
32 Venezuela 882,050.00 2017
33 Namibia 823,290.00 2017
34 Mozambique 786,380.00 2017
35 Pakistan 770,880.00 2017
36 Turkey 769,630.00 2017
37 Chile 743,532.00 2017
38 Zambia 743,390.00 2017
39 Myanmar 653,080.00 2017
40 Afghanistan 652,860.00 2017
41 Somalia 627,340.00 2017
42 Central African Republic 622,980.00 2017
43 Madagascar 581,800.00 2017
44 Ukraine 579,290.00 2017
45 Kenya 569,140.00 2017
46 Botswana 566,730.00 2017
47 France 547,557.00 2017
48 Yemen 527,970.00 2017
49 Thailand 510,890.00 2017
50 Spain 500,210.00 2017
51 Cameroon 472,710.00 2017
52 Turkmenistan 469,930.00 2017
53 Papua New Guinea 452,860.00 2017
54 Morocco 446,300.00 2017
55 Iraq 434,320.00 2017
56 Uzbekistan 425,400.00 2017
57 Greenland 410,450.00 2017
58 Sweden 407,310.00 2017
59 Paraguay 397,300.00 2017
60 Zimbabwe 386,850.00 2017
61 Norway 365,245.00 2017
62 Japan 364,560.00 2017
63 Germany 348,900.00 2017
64 Congo 341,500.00 2017
65 Malaysia 328,550.00 2017
66 Côte d'Ivoire 318,000.00 2017
67 Vietnam 310,070.00 2017
68 Oman 309,500.00 2017
69 Poland 306,190.00 2017
70 Finland 303,890.00 2017
71 Philippines 298,170.00 2017
72 Italy 294,140.00 2017
73 Burkina Faso 273,600.00 2017
74 New Zealand 263,310.00 2017
75 Gabon 257,670.00 2017
76 Ecuador 248,360.00 2017
77 Guinea 245,720.00 2017
78 United Kingdom 241,930.00 2017
79 Lao PDR 230,800.00 2017
80 Romania 230,080.00 2017
81 Ghana 227,540.00 2017
82 Belarus 202,910.00 2017
83 Uganda 200,520.00 2017
84 Guyana 196,850.00 2017
85 Senegal 192,530.00 2017
86 Kyrgyz Republic 191,800.00 2017
87 Syrian Arab Republic 183,630.00 2017
88 Cambodia 176,520.00 2017
89 Uruguay 175,020.00 2017
90 Suriname 156,000.00 2017
91 Tunisia 155,360.00 2017
92 Nepal 143,350.00 2017
93 Tajikistan 138,786.00 2017
94 Bangladesh 130,170.00 2017
95 Greece 128,900.00 2017
96 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 120,410.00 2017
97 Nicaragua 120,340.00 2017
98 Benin 112,760.00 2017
99 Honduras 111,890.00 2017
100 Bulgaria 108,560.00 2017
101 Guatemala 107,160.00 2017
102 Cuba 104,020.00 2017
103 Eritrea 101,000.00 2017
104 Iceland 100,250.00 2017
105 Korea 97,480.00 2017
106 Liberia 96,320.00 2017
107 Malawi 94,280.00 2017
108 Portugal 91,605.00 2017
109 Hungary 90,530.00 2017
110 Jordan 88,780.00 2017
111 Serbia 87,460.00 2017
112 United Arab Emirates 83,600.00 2017
113 Azerbaijan 82,663.00 2017
114 Austria 82,523.00 2017
115 Czech Republic 77,210.00 2017
116 Panama 74,340.00 2017
117 Sierra Leone 72,180.00 2017
118 Georgia 69,490.00 2017
119 Ireland 68,890.00 2017
120 Sri Lanka 62,710.00 2017
121 Lithuania 62,650.00 2017
122 Latvia 62,180.00 2017
123 Croatia 55,960.00 2017
124 Togo 54,390.00 2017
125 Bosnia and Herzegovina 51,200.00 2017
126 Costa Rica 51,060.00 2017
127 Dominican Republic 48,310.00 2017
128 Slovak Republic 48,086.00 2017
129 Estonia 42,390.00 2017
130 Denmark 42,262.00 2017
131 Switzerland 39,516.00 2017
132 Bhutan 38,117.00 2017
133 Netherlands 33,690.00 2017
134 Moldova 32,870.00 2017
135 Lesotho 30,360.00 2017
136 Belgium 30,280.00 2017
137 Armenia 28,470.00 2017
138 Guinea-Bissau 28,120.00 2017
139 Equatorial Guinea 28,050.00 2017
140 Solomon Islands 27,990.00 2017
141 Haiti 27,560.00 2017
142 Albania 27,400.00 2017
143 Burundi 25,680.00 2017
144 Macedonia 25,220.00 2017
145 Rwanda 24,670.00 2017
146 Djibouti 23,180.00 2017
147 Belize 22,810.00 2017
148 Israel 21,640.00 2017
149 El Salvador 20,720.00 2017
150 Slovenia 20,140.00 2017
151 New Caledonia 18,280.00 2017
152 Fiji 18,270.00 2017
153 Kuwait 17,820.00 2017
154 Swaziland 17,200.00 2017
155 Timor-Leste 14,870.00 2017
156 Montenegro 13,450.00 2017
157 Vanuatu 12,190.00 2017
158 Qatar 11,610.00 2017
159 Jamaica 10,830.00 2017
160 Lebanon 10,230.00 2017
161 The Gambia 10,120.00 2017
162 The Bahamas 10,010.00 2017
163 Cyprus 9,240.00 2017
164 Puerto Rico 8,870.00 2017
165 Brunei 5,270.00 2017
166 Trinidad and Tobago 5,130.00 2017
167 Cabo Verde 4,030.00 2017
168 Samoa 2,830.00 2017
169 Luxembourg 2,590.00 2017
170 Mauritius 2,030.00 2017
171 Comoros 1,861.00 2017
172 Hong Kong SAR, China 1,050.00 2017
173 São Tomé and Principe 960.00 2017
174 Kiribati 810.00 2017
175 Bahrain 771.00 2017
176 Dominica 750.00 2017
177 Tonga 720.00 2017
178 Singapore 709.00 2017
179 St. Lucia 610.00 2017
180 Andorra 470.00 2017
181 Seychelles 460.00 2017
181 Palau 460.00 2017
183 Antigua and Barbuda 440.00 2017
184 Barbados 430.00 2017
185 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 390.00 2017
186 Grenada 340.00 2017
187 Malta 320.00 2017
188 St. Kitts and Nevis 260.00 2017
189 Cayman Islands 240.00 2017
190 Liechtenstein 160.00 2017
191 San Marino 60.00 2017
192 Macao SAR, China 30.30 2017
193 Tuvalu 30.00 2017
194 Nauru 20.00 2017
195 Monaco 2.00 2017

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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