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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
Last updated: August 28, 2018
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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 80
Apr 22, 2013
Isn't the island of Sri Lanka called Ceylon?
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level 74
Apr 24, 2013
not anymore.
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level 51
Mar 28, 2015
Nope. Sri Lanka is the old name
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level 74
May 24, 2015
You're both wrong.
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level 66
Apr 22, 2013
Australia?
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level 36
Apr 23, 2013
For that matter... how bout Japan?
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level 70
Apr 23, 2013
The absence of Australia is explained, and Japan consists of many islands, 2 of them are on the list
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level 73
Oct 29, 2014
If you want to include any landmass surrounded by water as an island, the world's largest islands are Afro-Eurasia, the Americas, Antarctica, Australia, then Greenland. There is no island called Japan. Japan is composed of 6,852 islands, but most of its landmass is in the four main islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku.
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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 51
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 27
May 2, 2013
I know. What quiz are these people taking? Ellsemere, banks, victoria, baffin, newfoundland all worked for me
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level 80
Jul 4, 2013
Newfoundland is neither Arctic nor uninhabited.
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level 63
Oct 20, 2014
THAT REACTION MADE ME LAUGH
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level 69
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 75
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 43
Apr 9, 2014
What? There are 4 Canadian Arctic islands on the list.
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level 80
Mar 27, 2015
I count 3. Baffin, Banks, and Ellesmere. Neither Newfoundland nor Victoria are arctic.
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level 27
Mar 30, 2015
Victoria Island is, indeed, arctic. You are confusing it with Vancouver Island where the city of Victoria is.
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level 80
Jul 9, 2015
@parsons8, thanks, I was indeed mixing those 2 up.
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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 75
Mar 18, 2014
Spitsbergen : 39000km² ; Tasmania : 64500km². Mercator projection...
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level 60
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 56
Apr 19, 2017
On Mercator, Greenland looks about as big as all of Africa. It's nowhere close.
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level 27
Dec 14, 2013
komodo? huh...
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level 44
Jan 9, 2014
you should accept uk/united kingdom for great britain
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level 74
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 59
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 32
Mar 31, 2015
Some of the UK is on the island of Ireland, also in the quiz
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level 33
Feb 14, 2014
Australia?
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level 75
Mar 18, 2014
And why not Antarctica, America and Old World ?
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level 62
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 65
May 5, 2016
How about Pangea? :o)
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level 74
Mar 27, 2015
Australia doesn't count because QM said so in the caveat, and it's his quiz.
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level 69
Jun 11, 2016
^^ Most important reason! ^_^
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level 61
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 45
Jun 24, 2014
Where's novaya semlya?
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level 66
Aug 18, 2014
North of Russia :)
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level 60
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 63
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 60
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 63
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 44
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 58
Aug 5, 2016
What?!
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level 67
Mar 27, 2015
I tried eleventy billion variations on Axel Heiberg island. I hate you, Mercator projection.
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level 57
Mar 27, 2015
Quizmaster, UK should be accepted for Great Britain.
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level 37
Mar 28, 2015
Read the comments. The United Kingdom (UK) is a country that consists of many islands. The largest island is called Great Britain, not UK. This quiz is about ISLANDS, not COUNTRIES.
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level 32
Mar 31, 2015
lol
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level 27
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
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 63
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 74
Jul 4, 2015
Who said it doesn't count as a country?
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level 66
Apr 1, 2018
I agree with 'CV'
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level 18
Apr 16, 2018
I see when you wrote your comment, Malbaby...
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level 66
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 69
Jun 11, 2016
You haven't travelled much, have you? :-D
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level 66
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 58
Apr 19, 2017
Colonialism.
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level 54
May 11, 2016
Laputa, anyone? XD
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level 58
Aug 15, 2016
Actually the full name for the UK is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".
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level 52
Sep 15, 2016
The full name of the UK is not relevant to this quiz :)
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level 46
Apr 14, 2017
It is. So?
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level 28
Dec 31, 2016
Could you accept UK as great britian?
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level 62
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 70
Apr 19, 2017
Afro-Eurasia.
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level 47
Apr 19, 2017
Facepalm. Live in australia, forgot about tasmania.
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level 34
Apr 19, 2017
Tasmania is part of australia
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level 74
Apr 19, 2017
Is it a peninsula?
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level 18
Apr 16, 2018
...and?
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level 77
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 56
Apr 19, 2017
Gets a bit tedious, doesn't it!
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level 32
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 56
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 56
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 74
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 56
Apr 19, 2017
So. Many. Stupid. Comments.
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level 55
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 34
Apr 19, 2017
What about Gilligan's Island?
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level 55
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 75
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 62
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 58
Apr 20, 2017
lol
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level 40
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 60
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 23
Aug 5, 2017
Novaja Zemlja?
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level 18
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 42
Aug 21, 2017
What about Japan (entire country), New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea?
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level 22
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 52
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 66
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 22
Oct 15, 2017
The Canadian arctic islands are tough, but I got Ellesmere, Baffin and Victoria
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level 74
Apr 1, 2018
Just remember Banks next time and you've got them all.
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level 18
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 74
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 43
Sep 8, 2018
Novaya Zemlya (Russia), 90,650 km2, should be in the list.