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The World's Largest Landlocked Countries

List of the Ten Largest Landlocked Countries in the World

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Landlocked Countries

A map of landlocked countries around the world.

Matt Rosenberg
Updated May 15, 2014

The world is home to nearly 200 different countries and most have access to the world's oceans. Historically this has helped them develop their economies as international trade is often easier via the sea. However, 43 or about one-fifth of the world's countries are landlocked, meaning they do not have any direct access to an ocean or sea which would get them access to an ocean.

The following is a list of the top ten largest landlocked countries by area. For reference their capital cities and populations have also been included. All population estimates are from July 2011 and were obtained from the CIA World Factbook.

1) Kazakhstan

•Area: 1,052,090 square miles (2,724,900 sq km)
•Capital: Astana
•Population: 15,522,373

2) Mongolia

• Area: 603,908 square miles (1,564,116 sq km)
• Capital: Ulaanbaatar
• Population: 3,133,318

3) Chad

• Area: 495,755 square miles (1,284,000 sq km)
• Capital: N'Djamena
• Population: 10,758,945

4) Niger

• Area: 489,191 square miles (1,267,000 sq km)
• Capital: Niamey
• Population: 16,468,886

5) Mali

• Area: 478,841 square miles (1,240,192 sq km)
• Capital: Bamako
• Population: 14,159,904

6) Ethiopia

• Area: 426,372 square miles (1,104,300 sq km)
• Capital: Addis Ababa
• Population: 90,873,739

7) Bolivia

• Area: 424,164 square miles (1,098,581 sq km)
• Capital: La Paz
• Population: 10,118,683

8) Zambia

• Area: 290,612 square miles (752,681 sq km)
• Capital: Lusaka
• Population: 13,881,336

9) Afghanistan

• Area: 251,827 square miles (652,230 sq km)
• Capital: Kabul
• Population: 29,835,392

10) Central African Republic

• Area: 240,535 square miles (622,984 sq km)
• Capital: Bangui
• Population: 4,950,027

References

Rosenberg, Matt. (2 March 2011). "Landlocked Countries - Information about Landlocked Countries." Geography at About.com. Retrieved from: http://geography.about.com/od/politicalgeography/a/landlocked.htm

Wikipedia.org. (23 April 2011). Landlocked Country - Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landlocked_country

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