World's Biggest Islands Quiz

Name the world's biggest islands by area, not including continental landmasses.
For this quiz we consider Australia to be a continent, not an island
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: August 28, 2018
First submittedJuly 12, 2010
Times taken79,143
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km2
Island
2,130,800
Greenland
785,753
New Guinea
748,168
Borneo
587,713
Madagascar
507,451
Baffin Island
443,066
Sumatra
225,800
Honshu
217,291
Victoria Island
209,331
Great Britain
km2
Island
196,236
Ellesmere Island
180,681
Sulawesi
145,836
South Island
138,794
Java
111,583
North Island
109,965
Luzon
108,860
Newfoundland
105,806
Cuba
101,826
Iceland
km2
Island
97,530
Mindanao
84,421
Ireland
78,719
Hokkaido
73,929
Hispaniola
72,493
Sakhalin
70,028
Banks Island
67,655
Sri Lanka
65,022
Tasmania
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Level 53
Apr 22, 2013
didn't realize this was more than just countries lol
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Level 88
Apr 22, 2013
Isn't the island of Sri Lanka called Ceylon?
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Level 80
Apr 24, 2013
not anymore.
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Level 52
Mar 28, 2015
Nope. Sri Lanka is the old name
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Level 80
May 24, 2015
You're both wrong.
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Level 61
Nov 28, 2018
No, Sri Lanka is the country, Ceylon is the continent!
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
the continent of ceylon? :D what other countries are on it?
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Level 43
Aug 18, 2020
this conversation is an eyesore...
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Level 67
Apr 22, 2013
Australia?
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Level 55
Apr 22, 2013
No Ceylon is what it used to be called before changing its name to Sri Lanka.
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Level 55
Apr 30, 2013
Was wondering about the numerous Canadian arctic islands that were excluded from the list. Were they left out because they are generally uninhabited?
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Level ∞
May 1, 2013
What the heck? There are no islands left out.
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Level 85
Jul 4, 2013
Newfoundland is neither Arctic nor uninhabited.
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Level 64
Oct 20, 2014
THAT REACTION MADE ME LAUGH
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Level 72
Jun 11, 2016
I dunno – I've been to Newfoundland in the winter and it felt both arctic AND uninhabited. ;-) [Just kidding! Love ya, Newfies!]
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Level 56
Feb 24, 2020
Newfoundland is virtually uninhabited by european asian or african standards
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Level 80
Mar 18, 2014
Another person deceived by the Mercator projection, I guess ^^. Most of the canadian Islands are rather small...
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Level 21
Dec 6, 2013
What about Spetsbergen (or that's at least the swedish spelling), belonging to Svalbard? That's a lot bigger than Tasmania...
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Level 80
Mar 18, 2014
Spitsbergen : 39000km² ; Tasmania : 64500km². Mercator projection...
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Level 64
Feb 9, 2018
The thing that surprises me most in this quiz, thanks to Mercator, is that Sulawesi is bigger than New Zealand's South Island.
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Level 52
Apr 30, 2016
I also guessed Spitsbergen but apparently it only looks bigger on certain map projections.
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Level 64
Apr 19, 2017
On Mercator, Greenland looks about as big as all of Africa. It's nowhere close.
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Level 25
Dec 14, 2013
komodo? huh...
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Level 43
Jan 9, 2014
you should accept uk/united kingdom for great britain
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Level 80
Jan 12, 2014
No they shouldn't. The United Kingdom is a country which includes many islands. Great Britain is the name of the largest of those islands.
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Level 70
Jun 3, 2018
Not quite right. Great Britain consists of England, Scotland and Wales with all their associated islands (and UK is a.k.a."The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland"). The name of the main island is Britain.
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Level 80
Jun 20, 2019
I'm right. Cardinal Sin is wrong. But he's got likes on his comment. Nobody bothers looking something up before they start applauding? Must be Trump supporters.
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Level 47
Feb 24, 2020
Yeah, If you look up 'Great Britain' you get the island, whereas if you look up just Britain, you get the UK.
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Level 50
Feb 24, 2020
Great Britain is often used to describe England, Scotland, and Wales, along with all their associated islands, and sometimes the UK as a whole. However, this is not the correct meaning, as Great Britain actually refers to just the main island. The UK is the entire country. Kalbahamut has it right.
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Level 32
Mar 31, 2015
Some of the UK is on the island of Ireland, also in the quiz
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Level 36
Feb 14, 2014
Australia?
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Level 80
Mar 18, 2014
And why not Antarctica, America and Old World ?
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Level 66
Apr 30, 2014
no, not Australia, it is only surrounded in all directions by water, therefore it cannot be an island, only a continent! :)
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Level 67
May 5, 2016
How about Pangea? :o)
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Level 67
Feb 24, 2020
@mez isn't that exactly the definition of an island? "Being surrounded by water in all directions" so you are giving the definition of an island as an argument why something should not be an island. That is confusing to say the least.
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Level 47
Feb 24, 2020
mez, Australia is not an island because it has its own continental shelf
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Level 78
Mar 27, 2015
Australia doesn't count because QM said so in the caveat, and it's his quiz.
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Level 72
Jun 11, 2016
^^ Most important reason! ^_^
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Level 69
Apr 19, 2017
Pluto used to be a planet, maybe in the future we'll say "Australia used to be a continent". Until that day, it is a continent and not an island. :)
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
This allways annoys me, to me it sounds like, no he is a dad, so he isnt(cant be) a son. Like when becoming a dad you are suddenly not someones son anymore. Why cant it be both.
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Level 47
Feb 24, 2020
Son and Dad are VERY different from island and continent.
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Level 50
Jun 20, 2019
Always taught, here in Australia, that it is the largest island and the smallest continent.
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Level 46
Jun 24, 2014
Where's novaya semlya?
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Level 66
Aug 18, 2014
North of Russia :)
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Level 59
Mar 27, 2015
Novaja Zemlja is divided into 2 islands by the Matochkin Strait. Neither Severnyi or Juzhnyi are large enough for this quiz. The (horrible and useless for most people) Mercator projection might also have created the illusion that the islands are bigger than most others.
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Level 61
Feb 20, 2015
If you're including Tasmania, then you should include the giant island of Australia as well, seeing as they are two separate entities, but they're both part of Australia, and if Australia is counted as a continent, then Tasmania should not be present.
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Level 59
Mar 27, 2015
That makes no sense, Tasmania is clearly surrounded by water in every direction, no matter whether Australia is a continent or an island. It doesn't matter who the island belongs to, it's still an island.
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Level 61
May 29, 2015
Sorry, reverse it. I meant that if Tasmania is included, Australia obviously should be as well, since Tasmania is a part of the country of Australia. Otherwise it would be considered its own country, which it's not. So Australia should not be considered a continent, rather, a country, and therefore, not a continental landmass.
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Level 67
Feb 25, 2020
Which country the island belongs to has nothing to do with it. Some countries have multiple islands (like Japan or New Zealand), some islands have parts belonging to different countries (like Hispaniola or New Guinea). That doesn't change their status as an island.
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Level 47
Feb 24, 2020
@Crippling Velocity , that's like saying that since Cuba is a part of North America, and North America isn't an island, Cuba is not an island. By that definition the only things that can be islands are islands like the Pacific Islands.
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Level 45
Mar 27, 2015
One of those quizzes were knowing the Japanese islands would be helpful. Can't believe I forgot North and South islands.
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Level 64
Aug 5, 2016
What?!
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Level 70
Mar 27, 2015
I tried eleventy billion variations on Axel Heiberg island. I hate you, Mercator projection.
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Level 48
Jun 28, 2020
Same!!
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Level 63
Mar 27, 2015
Quizmaster, UK should be accepted for Great Britain.
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Level 32
Mar 31, 2015
lol
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
Maybe this picture will help. http://www.aprendeinglessila.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/diagram-british-isles.gif This is the simple version that doesnt deal with the isle of man or channel isalnds. Baby steps ;) Dont want to throw too much info at once, or it wont stick.
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Level 50
Feb 24, 2020
Why is this something that is so difficult for people to understand? The UK is a country. Great Britain is the largest island within that country. Ireland is an island, made of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK. The British Isles refer to Great Britain, Ireland, and all the other smaller islands around them.
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Level 28
Mar 30, 2015
I had seen Sakhalin on maps, but never looked closely enough. I always thought it was a peninsula! Oops.
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Level 50
Sep 12, 2020
It was 7000 years ago :P
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Level 55
Mar 30, 2015
new Zealand- forgotten
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Level 31
Mar 31, 2015
seriously read the other comments. it's there
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
or just er look at a map, new zealand is not one continous island.
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Level 67
Feb 25, 2020
maybe he means he forgot about the north and south islands while doing the quiz?
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Level 61
May 29, 2015
I am pretty certain Australia most definitely counts as a country. It is part of the continent of Oceania. There's only seven continents, with India also considered as a sub-continent. Australia is not a continental landmass, it is an island country. A very large one, but still a country nevertheless.
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Level 80
Jul 4, 2015
Who said it doesn't count as a country?
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Level 70
Apr 1, 2018
I agree with 'CV'
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Level 17
Apr 16, 2018
I see when you wrote your comment, Malbaby...
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Level 70
Nov 20, 2015
How is it that a large island such as Sumatra, with its rich culture that is totally different from any other part of Indonesia is not a sovereign country in its own right?
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Level 72
Jun 11, 2016
You haven't travelled much, have you? :-D
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Level 70
Apr 1, 2018
Actually 'samiamco' I would bet that I am the only person on jetpunk that has actually walked the length of Sumatra as well as Java.
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
doubt that, sumatra and java are hardly obscure places. If you would ve said vanuatu and comoros, ok good chance you would be right.
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Level 60
Apr 19, 2017
Colonialism.
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Level 54
May 11, 2016
Laputa, anyone? XD
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Level 40
Dec 31, 2016
Could you accept UK as great britian?
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Level 67
Apr 14, 2017
UK is the country, Great Britain is the island. The UK exists on two main islands, Great Britain and Ireland, that's why the full name is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Accepting UK is like accepting "Indonesia" to get all their islands.
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Level 74
Apr 19, 2017
Afro-Eurasia.
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Level 50
Apr 19, 2017
Facepalm. Live in australia, forgot about tasmania.
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Level 46
Apr 19, 2017
Tasmania is part of australia
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Level 78
Apr 19, 2017
Is it a peninsula?
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Level 17
Apr 16, 2018
...and?
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
yes and all the islands on the quiz are part of a country, though a few are a country in its own right, but they are the minority. Only madagascar, iceland and sri lanka, are the countries that are the entire island and its own country at the same time. (and no NOT ireland, cause on the island of ireland there is the republic of ireland and northern ireland which belongs to the uk)
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Level 81
Apr 19, 2017
I just wish that quizzers would (a) read previous comments before requesting this and that to be included (b) be sure of their facts before requesting this and that. It sure would avoid the repetitive requests regarding GB and UK, Ireland, Australasia, NZ, Cyprus, Europe/Asia, But of course this post is pointless as those for which it is intended will not read it!
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Level 58
Apr 19, 2017
Gets a bit tedious, doesn't it!
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
Especially when it is quite obvious and not extremely obscure knowledge. Like arguing about new zealand not being there, that is a different story than a tiny border of land that is disputed.
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Level 36
Apr 19, 2017
Nice Quiz!
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Level 21
Apr 19, 2017
by New Guinea do they mean Papau New Guinea?
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Level 64
Apr 19, 2017
The island of New Guinea is separated into two parts: Papua New Guinea (a country) and Irian Jaya (a province of Indonesia). See also: Ireland.
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Level 56
Apr 19, 2017
Can you accept United Kingdom for Great Britain?
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Level 64
Apr 19, 2017
Why? The UK is a country, not an island. Britain and Ireland are the islands that the UK is on.
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Level 78
Apr 19, 2017
I love your name, but I wish you would read the numerous previous comments which address your question.
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
you trolling?
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Level 64
Apr 19, 2017
So. Many. Stupid. Comments.
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Level 54
Apr 19, 2017
Yeah, unbelievable. I wish I could like comments though, because many of the answers and comebacks are great.
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Level 44
Apr 19, 2017
What about Gilligan's Island?
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Level 53
Aug 10, 2017
Agreed. Why is this missing?! This is an outrage! You crazy, uneducated fools!
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Level 33
Apr 19, 2017
let us type in png or papua new guinea for new guinea. Also let us do UK for great britian
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Level 82
Apr 20, 2017
Geez, does NO ONE read comments before writing their own? At least you were a bit original with the PNG suggestion, but PNG is not an island; it's a country.
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Level 66
Apr 20, 2017
Perhaps it should be emphaised in the notes at the start that it is names of ISLANDS that are needed NOT countries. (Noting that in some cases they are the same but not necessarily all the ones you expect.) Then people could not read that as well as all the previous comments.
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Level 64
Apr 20, 2017
lol
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Level 67
Feb 25, 2020
I guess having it in the name of the quiz just isn't enough
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
let us write usa for brazil, cause it is both in america right...
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Level 44
Apr 23, 2017
You should accept United Kingdom for Great Britain. Also Papua New Guinea for New Guinea
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Level 30
Apr 23, 2017
Read the comments above yours. They will tell you why those answers are not accepted.
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
faints... are these people serious?? one person ok... but sooo many and NONE of them apparently know how to read, not even one comment above theirs. How can you miss the previous comment !
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Level 70
Jul 14, 2017
I typed New Britain, and island in Papua New Guinea, and it gave me Great Britain, which is almost halfway across the world :/
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Level 66
Feb 25, 2020
an*
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Level 22
Aug 5, 2017
Novaja Zemlja?
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Level 17
Apr 16, 2018
It consists of two smaller islands, so they're not enough big for the quiz. I bet the Mercator projection tricked you too ;)
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
and it probably wouldnt count written like that anyway, it's nova zembla. I wouldnt have thought of it but indeed the two parts of the island together is over 90.000 km²
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Level 55
Aug 21, 2017
What about Japan (entire country), New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea?
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Level 23
Oct 15, 2017
Japan is divided into Hokkaido and Honshu, New Zealand is two islands: North and South, and Papua New Guinea is a country not an island (which is New Guinea)
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Level 54
Dec 6, 2017
Correction: Japan is divided into Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, along with vast numbers of smaller islands.
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Level 82
Mar 26, 2018
And according to the Japanese (check a locally made map) also Sakhalin (also in quiz). Russia claims it and has control and formally Japan renounced their claim in 1951 to the south part they occupied but Japan-made maps still colour the island the same colour as Japan rather than that used for Russia.
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Level 66
Feb 25, 2020
Another correction: New Zealand also consists of numerous smaller islands; not just the two major Islands, North and South.
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
The question is about biggest islands, not island group, so only each single island count, not added up with other islands.
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Level 23
Oct 15, 2017
The Canadian arctic islands are tough, but I got Ellesmere, Baffin and Victoria
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Level 80
Apr 1, 2018
Just remember Banks next time and you've got them all.
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Level 17
Apr 16, 2018
Same here. :D
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Level 60
Nov 20, 2017
All of the people who do nothing but complain about every little thing they disagree with should start their own quiz website to promote their illogical and unsupported opinions. These new quiz websites would undoubtedly have much more success than Jet Punk because there is too much attention to facts here. Seriously, I don't know how the webmaster can be so patient with ridiculous requests. Instead of responding with well constructed answers detailing why the users' comments are wrong, I would just answer "no".
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Level 78
Mar 8, 2018
AMEN - preach on. Like my Granny always said " Don't confuse me with the facts - I've already made my mind up."
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
haha, sounds like my dad. Not at ALL what he would say, but once he made his mind up, you cant change it (but sometimes he suddenly does an 180 and is as adamant about that standpoint as he was about the previous one...)
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
quizmaster only showed up once in this quiz, and his response wasnt the usual patient one ( but a very funny one imo :) ) all the patient/lengthy explanations came from other users.

I think quizmaster usually doesnt answer the extremely dumb questions ( anymore) the ones that get asked over and over. (england, greenland, russia, cyprus etc). But yea still must take an awfull time to sift through all the requests... let alone replying.

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Level ∞
Nov 19, 2019
I honestly am not very patient and have replied simply "no" to stupid comments in the past. I need to be better.
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Level 55
Sep 8, 2018
Novaya Zemlya (Russia), 90,650 km2, should be in the list.
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
2 islands... takes 5 seconds to look it up. (they are close together though but still counted as 2)
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Level 54
Mar 18, 2019
Shouldn't it be Britain instead of Great Britain?
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
I believe britain is england and wales together, a term that goes back to the time they didnt rule over the rest of the country yet.
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Level 80
Jun 20, 2019
No. The large island is Great Britain. Britain is an ambiguous term which could refer to the island of Great Britain, the modern country also called the United Kingdom, or older kingdoms and provinces that predate the modern country. Most often I believe the term Britain is used to refer to the country as a whole, but people are often confused about the difference between England/Britain/Great Britain/The United Kingdom and end up (wrongly) using these terms interchangeably.
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Level 53
Feb 24, 2020
Mercator ruined me on this one. Had 7 left and was just spamming different spellings of the Russian Arctic islands instead! Looking at that horrible projection, you’d never guess that Sri Lanka etc were bigger than Severny and Yuzhny
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Level 45
Feb 24, 2020
Why is Eire not an acceptable answer for Ireland?
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Level 60
Feb 24, 2020
Because this is the English version
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Level 47
Feb 24, 2020
One of the 6% to get Banks Island lol
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Level 73
Feb 24, 2020
Accept "English national team" for Great Britain
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Level 23
Feb 25, 2020
Why no Australia, also great quiz
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Level 17
Mar 8, 2020
australia?
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Level 64
Jun 24, 2020
Why no Afro-Eurasia? Why don't you accept "There be cold" for the Arctic Islands? I think you should include "Antilles" because if you add up all the land they're pretty big.