Surface area (sq. km) - Country Ranking

Definition: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways.

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 17,098,250.00 2017
2 Canada 9,984,670.00 2017
3 United States 9,831,510.00 2017
4 China 9,562,911.00 2017
5 Brazil 8,515,770.00 2017
6 Australia 7,741,220.00 2017
7 India 3,287,259.00 2017
8 Argentina 2,780,400.00 2017
9 Kazakhstan 2,724,902.00 2017
10 Algeria 2,381,740.00 2017
11 Dem. Rep. Congo 2,344,860.00 2017
12 Saudi Arabia 2,149,690.00 2017
13 Mexico 1,964,380.00 2017
14 Indonesia 1,910,931.00 2017
15 Sudan 1,879,358.00 2017
16 Libya 1,759,540.00 2017
17 Iran 1,745,150.00 2017
18 Mongolia 1,564,120.00 2017
19 Peru 1,285,220.00 2017
20 Chad 1,284,000.00 2017
21 Niger 1,267,000.00 2017
22 Angola 1,246,700.00 2017
23 Mali 1,240,190.00 2017
24 South Africa 1,219,090.00 2017
25 Colombia 1,141,749.00 2017
26 Ethiopia 1,104,300.00 2017
27 Bolivia 1,098,580.00 2017
28 Mauritania 1,030,700.00 2017
29 Egypt 1,001,450.00 2017
30 Tanzania 947,300.00 2017
31 Nigeria 923,770.00 2017
32 Venezuela 912,050.00 2017
33 Namibia 824,290.00 2017
34 Mozambique 799,380.00 2017
35 Pakistan 796,100.00 2017
36 Turkey 785,350.00 2017
37 Chile 756,096.00 2017
38 Zambia 752,610.00 2017
39 Myanmar 676,590.00 2017
40 Afghanistan 652,860.00 2017
41 Somalia 637,660.00 2017
42 Central African Republic 622,980.00 2017
43 Ukraine 603,550.00 2017
44 Madagascar 587,295.00 2017
45 Botswana 581,730.00 2017
46 Kenya 580,370.00 2017
47 France 549,087.00 2017
48 Yemen 527,970.00 2017
49 Thailand 513,120.00 2017
50 Spain 505,940.00 2017
51 Turkmenistan 488,100.00 2017
52 Cameroon 475,440.00 2017
53 Papua New Guinea 462,840.00 2017
54 Sweden 447,420.00 2017
55 Uzbekistan 447,400.00 2017
56 Morocco 446,550.00 2017
57 Iraq 435,050.00 2017
58 Greenland 410,450.00 2017
59 Paraguay 406,752.00 2017
60 Zimbabwe 390,760.00 2017
61 Norway 385,178.00 2017
62 Japan 377,962.00 2017
63 Germany 357,380.00 2017
64 Congo 342,000.00 2017
65 Finland 338,420.00 2017
66 Vietnam 330,967.00 2017
67 Malaysia 330,800.00 2017
68 Côte d'Ivoire 322,460.00 2017
69 Poland 312,680.00 2017
70 Oman 309,500.00 2017
71 Italy 301,340.00 2017
72 Philippines 300,000.00 2017
73 Burkina Faso 274,220.00 2017
74 New Zealand 267,710.00 2017
75 Gabon 267,670.00 2017
76 Ecuador 256,370.00 2017
77 Guinea 245,860.00 2017
78 United Kingdom 243,610.00 2017
79 Uganda 241,550.00 2017
80 Ghana 238,540.00 2017
81 Romania 238,390.00 2017
82 Lao PDR 236,800.00 2017
83 Guyana 214,970.00 2017
84 Belarus 207,600.00 2017
85 Kyrgyz Republic 199,949.00 2017
86 Senegal 196,710.00 2017
87 Syrian Arab Republic 185,180.00 2017
88 Cambodia 181,040.00 2017
89 Uruguay 176,220.00 2017
90 Suriname 163,820.00 2017
91 Tunisia 163,610.00 2017
92 Bangladesh 147,630.00 2017
93 Nepal 147,180.00 2017
94 Tajikistan 141,376.00 2017
95 Greece 131,960.00 2017
96 Nicaragua 130,370.00 2017
97 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 120,540.00 2017
98 Malawi 118,480.00 2017
99 Eritrea 117,600.00 2017
100 Benin 114,760.00 2017
101 Honduras 112,490.00 2017
102 Liberia 111,370.00 2017
103 Bulgaria 111,000.00 2017
104 Cuba 109,880.00 2017
105 Guatemala 108,890.00 2017
106 Iceland 103,000.00 2017
107 Korea 100,280.00 2017
108 Hungary 93,030.00 2017
109 Portugal 92,225.00 2017
110 Jordan 89,320.00 2017
111 Serbia 88,360.00 2017
112 Azerbaijan 86,600.00 2017
113 Austria 83,879.00 2017
114 United Arab Emirates 83,600.00 2017
115 Czech Republic 78,870.00 2017
116 Panama 75,420.00 2017
117 Sierra Leone 72,300.00 2017
118 Ireland 70,280.00 2017
119 Georgia 69,700.00 2017
120 Sri Lanka 65,610.00 2017
121 Lithuania 65,286.00 2017
122 Latvia 64,490.00 2017
123 Togo 56,790.00 2017
124 Croatia 56,590.00 2017
125 Bosnia and Herzegovina 51,210.00 2017
126 Costa Rica 51,100.00 2017
127 Slovak Republic 49,035.00 2017
128 Dominican Republic 48,670.00 2017
129 Estonia 45,230.00 2017
130 Denmark 42,922.00 2017
131 Netherlands 41,540.00 2017
132 Switzerland 41,290.00 2017
133 Bhutan 38,394.00 2017
134 Guinea-Bissau 36,130.00 2017
135 Moldova 33,850.00 2017
136 Belgium 30,530.00 2017
137 Lesotho 30,360.00 2017
138 Armenia 29,740.00 2017
139 Solomon Islands 28,900.00 2017
140 Albania 28,750.00 2017
141 Equatorial Guinea 28,050.00 2017
142 Burundi 27,830.00 2017
143 Haiti 27,750.00 2017
144 Rwanda 26,340.00 2017
145 Macedonia 25,710.00 2017
146 Djibouti 23,200.00 2017
147 Belize 22,970.00 2017
148 Israel 22,070.00 2017
149 El Salvador 21,040.00 2017
150 Slovenia 20,270.00 2017
151 New Caledonia 18,580.00 2017
152 Fiji 18,270.00 2017
153 Kuwait 17,820.00 2017
154 Swaziland 17,360.00 2017
155 Timor-Leste 14,870.00 2017
156 The Bahamas 13,880.00 2017
157 Montenegro 13,810.00 2017
158 Vanuatu 12,190.00 2017
159 Qatar 11,610.00 2017
160 The Gambia 11,300.00 2017
161 Jamaica 10,990.00 2017
162 Lebanon 10,450.00 2017
163 Cyprus 9,250.00 2017
164 Puerto Rico 8,870.00 2017
165 Brunei 5,770.00 2017
166 Trinidad and Tobago 5,130.00 2017
167 Cabo Verde 4,030.00 2017
168 Samoa 2,840.00 2017
169 Luxembourg 2,590.00 2017
170 Mauritius 2,040.00 2017
171 Comoros 1,861.00 2017
172 Hong Kong SAR, China 1,105.00 2017
173 São Tomé and Principe 960.00 2017
174 Kiribati 810.00 2017
175 Bahrain 771.00 2017
176 Tonga 750.00 2017
176 Dominica 750.00 2017
178 Singapore 719.00 2017
179 St. Lucia 620.00 2017
180 Andorra 470.00 2017
181 Palau 460.00 2017
181 Seychelles 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 Cayman Islands 264.00 2017
189 St. Kitts and Nevis 260.00 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: Total surface 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, surface 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 includes 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