Sweden is the world’s 56th largest country in the world by land area, which in itself is not so bad pink! But the distances in our northern country are still not really comparable to the enormous land areas stretching within the borders of the world’s 10 largest countries.
Area (km²): 2,381,741
According to Countryaah, Algeria is Africa’s largest country and borders Tunisia, Libya, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco AND Western Sahara. As many as seven countries. Pooh! In the north, the country also has a coast towards the Mediterranean and thus a border with Spain.
Area (km²): 2,724,900
Kazakhstan stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to the Atlas Mountains in the east and has land borders with Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and China. Most of the country consists of a very sparsely populated steppe, as well as desert and semi-desert. Here the climate is continental with hot summers and cold winters.
Area (km²): 2,780,400
Capital: Buenos Aires
Argentina is the second largest country in South America and the fourth largest Spanish-speaking nation after Mexico, Colombia and Spain. The country stretches between the Andes in the west and the Atlantic Ocean in the east, and has land borders with Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile. In the far north, the climate is subtropical and in the south almost Antarctic, which means that the weather is very different within the country’s borders.
Area (km²): 3,287,263
Capital: New Delhi
It is perhaps fortunate that India is the world’s seventh largest country to the surface as it houses the world’s second largest population of around 1.2 billion people within its borders. The vast country stretches from the Indian Ocean to the south, the Arabian Sea to the west and the Bay of Bengal to the east, bordering Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Burma.
Area (km²): 7 741 825
The giant island nation of Australia is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean and the Antarctic Ocean and has a coastline measuring a total of 34,218 kilometers. Most of the country consists of so-called “Outback”, which is best described as more or less uninhabited savannah / desert, and the majority of the population lives along the southeast coast.
Area (km²): 8 511 965
Brazil is South America’s largest country, both in terms of area and population. As the country lies around the equator, the climate is mainly tropical and includes the Amazon rainforest within its borders.
Area (km²): 9,598,096
China is both Asia’s largest and most populous country and has a land border with as many as seventeen countries, including India, North Korea, Burma and Nepal. The land area is almost as large as the whole of Europe and thus contains many different habitat types. The western parts of the country are much more densely populated than the western ones, such as Tibet and Qinghai which for the most part consist of wasteland.
Area (km²): 9 845 772
Capital: Washington DC
The large area and geographical variation of the United States means that most types of climate are included in the country, from tropical in Florida to subarctic climate in Alaska. The population is the fifth largest in the world and the United States is uniquely the only industrialized country where the population is predicted to increase. The largest state is Alaska with its impressive 1,480,000 square miles.
Area (km²): 9,984,670
Canada usually falls a bit in the shadows compared to its dominant sibling USA, but when it comes to size, the northern neighbor pulls the longest straw. Canada is 22 times larger than Sweden and borders three seas; Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean and Pacific Ocean. The country has been claiming the Arctic since 1925, one that is not yet widely recognized. Despite a population of 32 million, Canada is actually one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries.
Area (km²): 17 075 200
There is no doubt that Russia is the world’s largest country in terms of surface area. The huge country has a place in both Europe and Asia and has been in windy weather recently in connection with the Crimean crisis. Satan’s Vladimir Putin who seems to be doing his best to stand on the edge of the rest of the world.