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Most Populous Islands Quiz

Name the 100 islands with the highest population.
Not counting continental land-masses
According to Wikipedia, October 2018
Last updated: October 19, 2018
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Population
Island
141 mil
Java
104 mil
Honshū
64.1 mil
Great Britain
60.8 mil
Luzon
50.2 mil
Sumatra
25.6 mil
Madagascar
25.5 mil
Mindanao
23.5 mil
Taiwan
21.3 mil
Borneo
21.2 mil
Sri Lanka
21.1 mil
Hispaniola
18.5 mil
Sulawesi
15.1 mil
Salsette
13.2 mil
Kyūshū
11.8 mil
New Guinea
11.2 mil
Cuba
9.04 mil
Hainan
7.84 mil
Long Island
6.38 mil
Ireland
5.61 mil
Singapore
5.38 mil
Hokkaidō
5.02 mil
Sicily
4.41 mil
Negros
4.31 mil
Panay
4.23 mil
Bali
4.16 mil
Cebu
3.82 mil
Shikoku
3.68 mil
North Island
3.62 mil
Madura
3.47 mil
Puerto Rico
3.31 mil
Lombok
3.18 mil
Timor
2.95 mil
Jamaica
2.89 mil
Zhongshan (Macau)
Population
Island
2.29 mil
Zealand
2.39 mil
Leyte
2.04 mil
Xiamen
2.01 mil
Island of Montreal
1.83 mil
Flores
1.76 mil
Bhola Island
1.75 mil
Samar
1.66 mil
Sardinia
1.62 mil
Manhattan
1.56 mil
Haizhu
1.38 mil
São Luís
1.39 mil
Sumbawa
1.33 mil
Mindoro
1.30 mil
Okinawa
1.27 mil
Trinidad
1.25 mil
Hong Kong
1.22 mil
Mauritius
1.21 mil
Bohol
1.15 mil
Batam
1.12 mil
South Island
1.10 mil
Bahrain
1.09 mil
Cyprus
976 k
Oahu
961 k
Bangka
907 k
Tenerife
896 k
Zanzibar (Unguja)
886 k
Palawan
862 k
Majorca
860 k
Penang
839 k
Gran Canaria
838 k
Réunion
763 k
Cangshan
760 k
São Vicente
756 k
Nias
Population
Island
749 k
Vancouver
707 k
Masbate
686 k
Sumba
662 k
Viti Levu
623 k
Crete
622 k
Jeju
615 k
Chongming
530 k
Jolo
525 k
Phuket
514 k
New Britain
508 k
Tasmania
503 k
Zhoushan
502 k
Newfoundland
490 k
Margarita
475 k
Staten Island
472 k
Sakhalin
468 k
Mactan
466 k
Funen
459 k
Basilan
450 k
Halmahera
447 k
Buton
441 k
Ambon
434 k
Seram
429 k
Île Jésus
423 k
IJsselmonde
420 k
Santa Catarina
407 k
Pemba
400 k
Sandwip
390 k
Martinique
386 k
Malta
383 k
Marajó
369 k
Grande Comore
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level 45
May 17, 2013
28/101. Much worse than I expected. At least I managed come up with Viti Levu.
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level 74
Jul 9, 2013
Wasn't Abu Dhabi on this quiz before? Did it fall out of the rankings or it was just decided that it wasn't really an island?
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level ∞
Jul 9, 2013
Looks like it fell out of the rankings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_islands_by_population
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level 74
Sep 8, 2013
okay. I thought with all the crazy building projects going on over in the Emirates they might have just altered the coastline so that it wasn't an island anymore. :) Wouldn't be surprising.
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level 60
Aug 13, 2013
Could you accept Sjaelland for Zealand and Kyusu for Kyushu. Those are the names I've seen on every map. Sjaelland with æ or with ae should be accepted.
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level 68
Apr 5, 2014
Kyusu is a teapot. Remove it from the map, and you'll have a free look at the island of Kyushu.
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level 75
Mar 18, 2014
You clearly forgot Corsica (322000) and Guadeloupe (384000). Do you want to make french people mad ? ^^
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level ∞
Mar 18, 2014
Haha. I didn't "forget" them. However, your comment made me take a look at the updated data. Corsica was too small a year ago, and still doesn't make the list because their growth wasn't enough. Guadeloupe is an island chain, not a single island. Guadeloupe's most populous island is Grande-Terre, with a population of just under 200,000.
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level 70
Apr 5, 2014
Thanks for the info! I tried both and wondered about it, but I confess I would have been too lazy to look it up myself :-D. I didn't even know there was more than one island in Guadeloupe! Always good to know. :)
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level 75
Apr 5, 2014
Alright, with the updated numbers, Corsica is definitely not on the list. Guadeloupe is sometimes considered as a single island, but that's right, there is a thin strait between Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre ;).
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level 64
Apr 5, 2014
Great quiz! I thought Guadeloupe should qualify, too, but it's true there's the Rivière Salée between Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre.
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level 36
May 1, 2014
Thank God I'm from Indonesia, so I can randomly typed every island's name from my country.
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level 70
May 4, 2014
Lucky you :). I got just two islands from my region (province of Québec, Canada), Montréal and l'île Jésus. For Indonesia I can remember the big 5 plus Bali and Timor, but I'm sure among the 60 islands I did not get there are a ton more that were from Indonesia.
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level 70
Aug 25, 2016
Hong Kong Island and Manhattan may be the respective centres of their cities and be home to their famous skylines, but the majority of both cities' populations live elsewhere. Kowloon has a lot more people than HK Island and Brooklyn has a lot more people than Manhattan.
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level 37
Aug 30, 2015
I'm Indonesian and I counted 20 of our island in this list. Although I missed 4 of them while taking this quiz
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level 58
Aug 5, 2016
I'm not so lucky. I'm from New Zealand so that gives me North Island and South Island. That's it. Still got 58 though :-)
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level 69
Oct 19, 2018
I'd be way more excited about being from Indonesia for exciting travel and beauty reasons than for being able to do well on a quiz. Indonesia is near the very tippy top of my bucket list!! (I'm American.)
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level 70
Jun 11, 2014
Accept Fyn for Funen? That's the only name I've known it by.
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level ∞
Mar 7, 2016
Okay
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level 16
Aug 1, 2014
Greenland is not continental, so it should be there, is there something I'm missing?
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level ∞
Aug 2, 2014
Yes
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level 16
Aug 2, 2014
Why isn't it there?
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level 64
Sep 5, 2016
It's small population
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level 66
Aug 16, 2014
Yes, this quiz ranks islands by population, not size. Greenland has around 60,000 people, not nearly enough to make this quiz.
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level 66
Aug 16, 2014
How come people get the North Island more often than they get the South Island? Surely you would think of them together?
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level 70
Sep 9, 2015
North Islanders are a bit too self-centred to think of being together with the South Island (confession: I am one)
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level 59
Mar 15, 2016
Don't worry; some of us didn't get either. No offense meant, of course. :)
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level 58
Aug 5, 2016
What???!
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level 70
Aug 25, 2016
North Island has both Auckland and Wellington, most people probably just assume the South Island's population is too small and don't try it. I confess I wrote North Island first and then only came back to South when I looked at the smallest population figure listed here and realised it was less people than in Christchurch.
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level 36
Aug 27, 2014
The one who knows all the islands in this quiz is a genius.
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level 64
Nov 21, 2014
Please accept the romanization Cheju for Jeju.
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level 47
Dec 15, 2014
Even as a Dutch citizen I would not in a 1000 years have thought of Ijsselmonde as an island..
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level 61
Jun 7, 2017
Flevopolder is an island too and might enter the list soon, having 350.000 inhabitants in 2016.
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level 44
Feb 10, 2015
Finally did it. After a period of study and a number of attempts, I got all 100. My compliments to the quiz makers.
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level 58
Aug 5, 2016
Awesome! Well done.
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level 74
Mar 11, 2015
Only 6% of people know an island exists with 15+ million inhabitants.
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level 61
Mar 20, 2015
Well, most people don't think of Mumbai as an island.
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level 59
Mar 15, 2016
You're right. Mumbai is an island? (And where is it on this quiz now? Surely it wasn't moved off population-wise).
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level 52
May 6, 2017
I knew that Mumbai was on an island, but I couldn't remember the name of it.
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level 42
Feb 29, 2016
Yeah, I'm from South Gujarat, not far from Mumbai and I have to go to the International Airport in Mumbai to get to Gujarat as I live in England. I had no idea that it was an island until my parents told me that it is a very densely populated island and is also a port city.
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level 40
Mar 19, 2015
Where is Sao Vicente - it can't be the one in Cape Verde?
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level 70
Sep 9, 2015
It's the one in Brazil
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level 31
Jul 4, 2015
Unbelievable, I forgot Madagascar, Malta, Singapore and Tasmania BUT I remembered Jeju, Sao Vicente and Zealand.....HOW?!?!
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level 66
Apr 15, 2017
You were born in Jeju, your father is from Sao Vincente and you were married in Zealand.
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level 45
Aug 5, 2015
I hate appearing to show off but I'm actually pretty proud of getting Viti Levu
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level 58
Aug 5, 2016
Very good! I'm same as you, I was pretty chuffed to get Viti Levu too! (just quietly...)
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level 70
Aug 25, 2016
Definitely not the only ones. I was pretty pleased I thought of it.
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level 70
Sep 9, 2015
That population for "Ukerewe Island" is for the whole Ukerewe district that contains several islands apart from the main one. Ukerewe Island's population will be at least 20,000 less, probably too small to make this list.
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level 37
Oct 28, 2015
I'm Indonesian and I just typed every random island in my country that I thought of. I got 22 out of 25 Indonesian island in this list with overall score of 56
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level 38
Jan 14, 2016
nice quiz- 100 on the first try
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level 49
Feb 8, 2016
Nice quizzes, btw
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level 49
Feb 8, 2016
How did I miss Vancouver? And how did so few people get Manhattan and Long Island?
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level 55
Aug 7, 2018
Manhattan and Long Island aren't really thought of as islands, since they're only really less than 10 miles from the continent
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level 69
Mar 15, 2016
Can we have this with a world map?
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level 52
Jun 19, 2016
This would actually be pretty cool (and very helpful).
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level 59
Mar 15, 2016
For the North Island and South Island I wrote "New Zealand Northern Island" and "New Zealand Southern Island." I guess that's not close enough. Also, I was so proud that I got Manhattan and I didn't even get Long Island.
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level 43
Apr 18, 2016
Same here. And new zealand. But zealand is allowed.
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level 51
Sep 28, 2016
zealand is an island in Denmark, on which Copenhagen lies
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level 33
Mar 15, 2016
47/100 Only needed google (which didn't help)
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level 58
Aug 5, 2016
It helps that I have a World Map on my toilet wall and can study it every day. True.
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level 66
Apr 15, 2017
You want to get out more!
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level 69
Oct 19, 2018
You're already good enough at geography, kiwi. Time to move on to MiraLAX. :-D
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level 52
Mar 16, 2016
Macau isn't an island; composed of a peninsula with two connected islands Taipa and Coloane; total population of around half a million...or am I missing something?
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level ∞
Mar 20, 2016
You're right, sort of. Macau itself is not an island, but it is located on this larger island:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhongshan_Dao

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level 52
Mar 21, 2016
I see...I suppose if the cities of Macau/Zhuhai/zhongshan are lumped together it's a sizable population, however it's not really customary to call that region an island (basically part of the mainland delineated by Pearl River tributaries); much less calling it "Macau Island", which could be misleading as "Macau" generally refers to the much smaller peninsula or the administrative region. Anyway just my two cents from this part of the globe
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level 43
Apr 18, 2016
I dont understand why australia is not allowed but strangely tasmania is. Australia is not a continent (its australasia or oceania).
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level 75
Apr 24, 2016
Continental land-mass. Such a thing as the Outback could NOT be found on a mere island.
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level 70
Aug 25, 2016
Oceania is a region. Australasia is a little more blurry in its definition, but most lists of the continents list Australia. As I've said elsewhere on this site, if Australia is an island continent, then why are the Americas not an island continent? Why not is Afro-Eurasia not just considered one big island? You gotta stop somewhere and Greenland seems a logical place (i.e. you make the definitions of continent and island exclusive of each other).
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level 52
Jun 18, 2016
Learning islands around the world seems like a good task. I only got 35, so clearly I'm not worldly enough!
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level 52
Jun 19, 2016
Took long enough, but I learned and memorized where each island is located! 100% Great quiz.
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level 27
Aug 7, 2016
im form the philippines and i inserted the islands form my country XD
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level 70
Aug 25, 2016
Definitely an advantage in this quiz being from either the Philippines or Indonesia.
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level 51
Sep 28, 2016
accept dahkin shahbazpur? tried many spellings of that...
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level 44
Oct 4, 2016
woho, finally got them all with 3:33 left! Took me quite a few attempts but learned alot from this quiz. Great quiz! will keep on doing it:D
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level 44
Oct 4, 2016
A map on this quiz would be really intresting tho, I have been killing google maps in between rounds to learn where the islands I didnt know were located.
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level 45
Nov 16, 2016
When you forget the island you live on...
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level 31
Apr 15, 2017
So much indonesian island , iam indonesian and i just can guess 6 island : java , sumatra , borneo , sulawesi , new guinea and bali 😂😅
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level 52
Apr 15, 2017
This might seem odd but could you accept Ceylon for Sri Lanka?
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level 58
Apr 19, 2017
Well Ceylon was renamed Sri Lanka in 1972, it was in all the papers.
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level 61
Jun 7, 2017
Have you missed Abu Dhabi? It's an island too :)
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level 43
Aug 10, 2017
Could you please accept Kalimantan for Borneo?
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level 55
Aug 4, 2018
Kalimantan is not an island, it's part of Borneo
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level 16
Sep 4, 2017
How is Australia not one
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level 55
Aug 4, 2018
As has been pointed out numerous times; Not counting continental land-masses
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level 41
Oct 10, 2017
I thought Iceland would be on there somewhere.
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level 55
Aug 4, 2018
Way too small, only around 250,000
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level 71
Oct 19, 2018
348,000 actually, quite close.
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level 73
Oct 19, 2018
And today I learned that Laval is on Ile Jesus. I always thought Laval was also the name of the island!
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level 69
Oct 19, 2018
Stay tuned for more and more islands to appear as sea levels rise! They say Nova Scotia's only got 15-20 more years as a peninsula before it says goodbye to its isthmus with New Brunswick for good.
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level 55
Oct 29, 2018
Södertörn in Sweden could probably be added. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_European_islands_by_population