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Biggest Countries by Area Quiz

We have a list of the top 20 countries in terms of area. How many can you name?
  • Area in square kilometers. Includes land and inland water area
  • Does not include overseas territories such as Greenland
Enter country here: ?
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Area
Country
17,098,242
9,984,670
9,640,821
9,526,468
8,514,877
7,692,024
3,287,590
Area
Country
2,780,400
2,724,900
2,381,741
2,344,858
2,149,690
1,964,375
1,904,569
Area
Country
1,886,068
1,759,540
1,648,195
1,564,110
1,285,216
1,284,000
Answer Stats
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(21)
Didn't even think of Australia since it's a continent.
Oct 4, 2012
(17)
it is in continent Oceana. It is a country.
Oct 9, 2014
driventoextinction
(21)
Oceania, Australasia and Australia can all be considered the continent depending on who you ask, with each one having different boundaries.
Nov 28, 2014
(1)
HOW did I miss Australia???
Oct 11, 2012
hasselblad500cm
(27)
lol i missed India.
Dec 22, 2012
paula05
(1)
all!
Dec 22, 2012
(49)
All but Peru...
Dec 22, 2012
(32)
20/20 with 1:28 left!!! :)
Dec 22, 2012
(33)
Can someone explain me why USA and China have "changed" places? I am a hundred percent sure, that China was once on place 3...
Dec 23, 2012
(33)
I mean, look at this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_dependencies_by_area It's just ridiculous how close they both are to each other
Dec 23, 2012
(20)
Eventually the USA will beat China since Hawaii is still growing increasing it's land area
Oct 19, 2013
(58)
The US is also larger than Canada by some measures. Maybe it will sneak into the #2 spot.
Apr 6, 2014
Starfish
(43)
Not happening! Proud Canadian speaking here, we're bigger. Just. ;)
May 23, 2014
dunkinggandalf
(55)
Is one of those measures ego?
Nov 28, 2014
(18)
Starfish, you are inaccurate. Since Canada has so man lakes, it is, actually, by ONLY LAND ARE (Excluding Inland waters and rivers), smaller than both the USA and China. But the USA is not larger than China. Although, many, including the UN, say USA is bigger although they are not. They added water area which would make a one square km island actually measured 44 square km. With Alaska, it is totally exaggerating completely. So the Actual order is: Russia China USA Canada... SO Actually USA does steal the third spot :)
Dec 8, 2014
IvanIV
(20)
Area in square kilometers. Includes land and inland water area...... the great lakes and a lot to america if you add all the inland water plus a lot of smaller lakes and rivers and such
Nov 28, 2014
(58)
In addition to being the two smallest on the list, common map projections make Peru and Chad look smaller than they are since they are near the equator. That might be part of the reason many miss those.
Feb 2, 2013
(21)
I always forget Mongolia :(
Feb 5, 2013
(46)
I can forgive myself for missing Chad and maybe even Mongolia... but not Saudi!
Feb 22, 2013
SharaStarr
(21)
Oh sad. I lived in Peru and missed it. Oops!
Feb 24, 2013
DenisDee
(5)
we forgive you! ;P
Jul 17, 2013
(10)
Great quiz! missed- peru, mexico, sudan and chad.
Mar 1, 2013
(18)
Ha, Russia, China. Oh, boy. This was an interesting quiz!
Mar 9, 2013
(65)
Quizmaster...please delete all comments in all geography quizzes relating to Greenland. Thanks.
Apr 19, 2013
(23)
I feel kinda stupid for forgetting Australia...
May 29, 2013
(24)
100% with 2:38
Jun 14, 2013
(19)
Missed Brazil, India, Argentina and Saudi Arabia oh god!!! :)
Jun 27, 2013
(14)
Can't believe I missed Chad & Peru... Well I'm only 11
Jul 4, 2013
(25)
Im so dumb. I got every one of them. But Australia -_-
Jul 10, 2013
DenisDee
(5)
18/20 oh damn! i forgot Congo and i spelled wrong Argentina... :( in Greece we have very different language with english.
Jul 17, 2013
(41)
I think this quiz'es name is wrong. I assume the data was taken from Wikipedia. I checked the article "List of countries and dependencies by area" and ordered the countries by LAND area, instead of TOTAL area. By land area the top 5 would be: Russia, China, USA, Canada, Brazil. By total area the top 5 would be: Russia, Canada, China, USA, Brazil. I suggest that you remove the "Land" from the quiz'es name.
Aug 2, 2013
(58)
good point and I never realized that the US was actually larger than Canada in terms of land area. I guess it's just so hard to see in 2D projections. Very interesting. Also, Chad drops off the list and Niger gets on if you look at land area only, and China is #3 regardless of metric. Must be using something other than Wikipedia...
Sep 5, 2013
(34)
It is Alaska that makes the difference.
Nov 1, 2014
(15)
good point...I live in Canada and let me tell you...there's a lot of water!
Aug 8, 2014
George12ISL
(18)
17/20 for the first time! Actually USA is not larger than China (maybe unincorporated areas are included) It is right that Greenland belongs to Denmark and its area is over 2 million square kilometers
Sep 13, 2013
(44)
thats an easy one. 2:28 left by 100 %. Just peru let me think a while
Oct 8, 2013
FIsh6067
(6)
Was going through all of the continents and forgot the middle east. Can't believe I didn't get iran or saudi. 18/20
Oct 11, 2013
(30)
i didnt get the midle east countries either... 18/20
Jan 20, 2014
(20)
Can't believe i forgot Peru
Oct 19, 2013
(15)
h-h-h-hHOW did I forget argentina!??!
Oct 31, 2013
(23)
100%!
Nov 15, 2013
(27)
It took me 2 mins to get Australia.......
Nov 16, 2013
nomad14
(47)
wow peru never occured to me..didn't know it was so big.
Jan 3, 2014
thecatwarrior
(28)
I've always spelled Argintina with an 'i'...
Jan 14, 2014
(50)
You've always spelled it wrong.
Jan 24, 2014
Maddy99
(42)
I thought Mongolia was lot bigger than Iran, Libya
Jan 15, 2014
(69)
You thought wrong.
Jan 24, 2014
(36)
20/20 with 24 seconds left, great quiz!
Jan 25, 2014
(40)
Should make Cities with Most Land Area quiz
Feb 1, 2014
(23)
I almost forgot Argentina.
Feb 10, 2014
JmMlnrLws
(43)
I can't believe I forgot Canada!! *headslap* I'm from Washington State, grew up in Minnesota, and am a big hockey fan and I forgot Canada! You guys need to be more obnoxious or something to get attention. Sorry Canada....
Feb 20, 2014
(11)
Got 100% and I'm almost 10
Feb 22, 2014
(9)
I got it all in 2:56 seconds and I'm only 9! :D
Feb 23, 2014
quizwhizzer
(17)
peru isnt THAT big
Mar 1, 2014
(43)
ggrrr Libya...
Mar 4, 2014
(36)
20/20 with 33 seconds left. Nearly missed Indonesia!
Mar 6, 2014
(32)
Duh... I forgot China...
Mar 7, 2014
Annaipolina
(18)
I can't believe i missed China..
Mar 9, 2014
(23)
Got 100% with 2 minutes and 3 seconds left. :D Got stuck with Mongolia
Mar 27, 2014
Nikidavis
(15)
missed Chad. ):
Mar 29, 2014
(30)
should have gotten indonesia, thought i typed it in but i didnt... 19/20
Mar 31, 2014
(22)
Can't believe I missed India #so dumb
Apr 1, 2014
zupermaus
(32)
US has less land area than China btw. The US counts not just coastal teritorries but sea territories also, the only country to do so. In terms of land area alone its Russia>China>USA>Canada. In terms of land area + lakes it's Russia>Canada>China>USA. (imo this is the term you should use, as the rest of the world does when it thinks of land territory. After all, under the lakes is... land) In terms of land area + lakes + coastal waters it's Russia>Canada>China>USA In any of those ways China is larger than the US. Even if you were to clue in the sea territories, China would probably still beat the US but due to the tiny Spratly Islands dispute it can't get a conclusive figure.
Apr 4, 2014
zupermaus
(32)
In other words the China land + inland lakes area is: 9,596,961 sq km (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan). USA land + inland lakes area is: 9,526,468 sq km. The figure up on the list there is an inflated one that includes not only the coastal waters, but also sea waters (that the CIA factbook uses, but no other country does). See notes 3 and 4 on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_dependencies_by_area
Apr 4, 2014
dunkinggandalf
(55)
Why would you exclude Hong Kong and Macau from China?
Nov 28, 2014
(38)
Done with 2:35
Apr 6, 2014
RichTea
(15)
I forgot the USA. Couldn't see the wood for the trees.... I got Chad though. and Sudan.... and all the places I statistically shouldn't have known...
Apr 16, 2014
(12)
I'm Bad at this kind of stuff. I didn't get high on the scale
Apr 17, 2014
nihao1313
(12)
Ok, I'm not a native, but I tried Khasakhstan Khasakstan Kasakhstan Kasachstan and Khasachstan I have seen ALL of these variants on various (native speaker) occasions, two of those were even included in quizzes here (compare "Countries of the World"). One of these GOT to count! ;)
Apr 17, 2014
Luizao
(2)
15/20 I knew Kazakhstan was in the list but i didn't know how to spell it!! OMG
Apr 17, 2014
(22)
Forgot Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia, 90%
Apr 18, 2014
(20)
Just missed peru. Good quiz!
Apr 20, 2014
KatMH
(21)
Libya. First time that country hadn't occurred to me.
Apr 20, 2014
milkyabrar
(4)
missed kazakhstan, chad, peru :|
Apr 21, 2014
zupermaus
(32)
US figure counts not just coastal waters but sea territories too. The other countries don't do this. In other words China has more land area.
Apr 21, 2014
(22)
I realised Ukraine is not bigger than Kazakhstan.
Apr 22, 2014
macca0507
(10)
Where is Greenland?
Apr 24, 2014
(69)
It's tucked right up there between North America and Europe, between the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean. Or perhaps you mean why isn't it on the quiz... which is explained in the notes of the quiz.
May 7, 2014
(36)
Where did you get these numbers? I know for a fact that China has far more land area than the US.
Apr 25, 2014
(69)
I find it remarkable that you can "know for a fact" something that is completely false (and quite easily proven so).
May 7, 2014
(36)
As you can see from actually reading what I wrote, China is far larger when looking at *land* area. This quiz, however, includes all inland bodies of water, which pushes the *total* area of the US up ahead of China (mostly thanks to the Great Lakes). So yes, I do know for a fact that China's land area is much larger than the United States', because it is a fact.
May 26, 2014
LP
(16)
Except it is true that China is larger by land area.
Jun 14, 2014
LP
(16)
Your definition of far is unique given China is half a percent larger than the US in land area.
Jun 14, 2014
(15)
you know that russia is bigger than pluto lel
Apr 27, 2014
Goomaster7
(56)
Aggghhh! Just missed Peru!
Jun 4, 2014
kazan
(18)
Iran never occurred in my mind as well as Peru...Denmark should be in the list since Greenland is theirs...
Jun 7, 2014
(36)
smh
Jun 29, 2014
zupermaus
(32)
fair enough that USA counts the inland waters, as many countries do, China included - but the US also counts the coastal waters (no other country counts this). On top of that it also includes all sea territories, vast swathes of ocean well out in the Pacific and Atlantic. Read the smallprint in the CIA factbook/ website. The reality is China 9,640,821km2, USA 9,526,468 km2.
Jun 9, 2014
Quizmaster
It looks like you are correct. The Wikipedia page has been updated, including an explanatory note that says exactly what you did. I changed the quiz to match.
Jun 10, 2014
(21)
all and 2 min left..good :)
Jun 21, 2014
itsMyIceCream428
(22)
forgot Peru :/
Jun 22, 2014
SinisaM
(14)
Got them all but Algeria!!! >:(
Jul 19, 2014
jayj
(21)
Wahoo- 100% first time. Just got Saudi Arabia in the nick of time.
Aug 10, 2014
(35)
100% got Russia. I can't remember the last time 100% got an answer in one of these quizzes
Aug 25, 2014
(17)
mist chad 19/20 all right though
Oct 21, 2014
(35)
Should Denmark count since Greenland is technically a part of it?
Nov 23, 2014
(13)
Sweden, Norway, Finland
Nov 26, 2014
woooowoooo
(7)
GOT EVERYTHING EXCEPT FOR CHAD!
Dec 1, 2014
(24)
forgot congo
Dec 3, 2014
(6)
18 out of 20
Dec 13, 2014
Mussolini
(20)
Why isn't Denmark on here? They have Greenland as an overseas territory
Dec 15, 2014
Mussolini
(20)
whoops, disregard my comment. I need to read descriptions.....
Dec 15, 2014
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