There are just under 200 independent countries in the world today. Each of them significantly varies culturally, politically and geographically. Some of them are very large in area such as Canada or Russia, while others are very small like Monaco. More importantly though, some of the world's countries are landlocked and others have very long coastlines that have enabled some of them to become powerful across the globe.
The following is a list of the world's countries with the longest coastlines. The top ten have been included from longest to shortest.
Length: 125,567 miles (202,080 km)
Length: 33,998 miles (54,716 km)
Length: 23,397 miles (37,65 km)
4) The Philippines
Length: 22,549 miles (36,289 km)
Length: 18,486 miles (29,751 km)
Length: 16,006 miles (25,760 km)
Length: 15,626 miles (25,148 km)
8) United States
Length: 12,380 miles (19,924 km)
9) New Zealand
Length: 9,404 miles (15,134 km)
Length: 9,010 miles (14,500 km)
Wikipedia.org. (20 September 2011). List of Countries by Length of Coastline - Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_length_of_coastline