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The Twenty Largest Countries in Area in the World

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St. Basil's Cathedral at moonrise in Moscow, the capital of the world's biggest country.

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Here's a listing of the twenty largest countries in the world by area, in both square kilometers and square miles.

  1. Russia: 17,075,200 km2 (6,591,027 mi2)
  2. Canada: 9,984,670 km2 (3,854,082 mi2)
  3. United States: 9,631,418 km2 (3,717,727 mi2)
  4. China: 9,596,960 km2 (3,704,426 mi2)
  5. Brazil: 8,511,965 km2 (3,285,618 mi2)
  6. Australia: 7,686,850 km2 (2,967,124 mi2)
  7. India: 3,287,590 km2 (1,269,009 mi2)
  8. Argentina: 2,766,890 km2 (1,068,019 mi2)
  9. Kazakhstan: 2,717,300 km2 (1,048,877 mi2)
  10. Algeria: 2,381,740 km2 (919,352 mi2)
  11. Congo, Democratic Republic of the: 2,345,410 km2 (905,328 mi2)
  12. Mexico: 1,972,550 km2 (761,404 mi2)*
  13. Saudi Arabia: 1,960,582 km2 (756,785 mi2)
  14. Indonesia: 1,919,440 km2 (740,904 mi2)
  15. Sudan: 1,886,068 km2 (728,215 mi2)
  16. Libya: 1,759,540 km2 (679,182 mi2)
  17. Iran: 1,648,000 km2 (636,128 mi2)
  18. Mongolia: 1,564,116 km2 (603,749 mi2)
  19. Peru: 1,285,220 km2 (496,095 mi2)
  20. Chad: 1,284,000 km2 (495,624 mi2)
* Greenland is 2,166,086 km2 (836,330 mi2) but it is not yet fully independent so it is not on this list, where it would be ranked 12th, smaller than the Democratic Republic of Congo but larger than Mexico.
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