Countries with Multiple Big Islands

Name the countries that have two or more islands greater than 10,000 km2.
Includes islands shared with other countries
For the purposes of this quiz, Australia is a continent not an island
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Last updated: September 20, 2018
First submittedApril 22, 2016
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Country
18
Canada
13
Indonesia
7
Philippines
6
Russia
4
Japan
2
Brazil
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Country
2
Italy
2
New Zealand
2
Norway
2
Papua New Guinea
2
United Kingdom
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Level 74
Apr 22, 2016
Great quiz. I thought and thought and thought about the final one, didn't get it, then cringed when I saw it was the country I live in :)
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Level 72
Apr 22, 2016
Hehe nice quiz and nice story!
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Level 71
Apr 23, 2016
Thanks mate!
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Level 71
Apr 24, 2016
I meant "thanks mates!"
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Level 48
Apr 23, 2016
Which islands Brazil has?
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Level 71
Apr 23, 2016
Marajo and Bananal I think (fluvial islands of the Amazon)
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Level 48
Apr 24, 2016
I would not consider Bananal as an island, but scholars may disagree....
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Level 63
Jan 5, 2018
Bananal is an Island !
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Level 81
Jun 30, 2018
Bananal sounds like something done with a banana.
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Level 35
Jun 10, 2020
banana <3
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Level 48
Apr 24, 2016
How about Australia? Mainland and Tasmania.
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Level 71
Apr 24, 2016
If Australia was considered an island, then Greenland wouldn't be the biggest island in the world, would it? Bananal makes the wikipedia list, so who am I to disagree:)
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Level 48
Apr 24, 2016
Yeah, I know. Its shame that its not me, who decides these things... :)
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Level 63
May 5, 2016
Why is Australia not allowed to be an Island Continent? Besides, "Oceania" is listed under every featured quiz to do with it, with Australia as a country inside of the continent; similar to how India is in Asia.

@gjcsarris Yes, that's completely correct! If Australia was considered an island, then Greenland wouldn't be the biggest island in the world. I took no point. :)

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Level 21
May 31, 2016
Mainland Australia is bigger than Greenland, and it is still deemed an island.
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Level 80
May 31, 2016
There are other countries on the Australian plate, so no, it doesn't have its own plate. Australia is regarded as the mainland of the plate and therefore not an island (which is convention rather than hard science).
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Level 76
May 31, 2016
Which is funny, because the fact that Australia is a continent or an island mainly depends from where you live. In France, it's considered an island, the biggest of the world, part of the Oceanian continent. It's just a matter of convention, like the definition of what America is.
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Level 75
Jun 2, 2016
I absolutely consider Australia an island and not a continent in itself. I don't understand why it is always excluded from being an island on this site, even if you do consider it to be a continent. DudiJG - the Arabian peninsular has its own plate and generally isn't thought of as a continent, not sure why you would think that is an argument..
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Level 64
Aug 27, 2016
@DudiJG a tiny portion of Western Washington state is on its own plate. Does the mean that when I vacationed to Seattle I visited the great continent of Juan de Fuca? No, of course not, plates don't define continents.
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Level 81
Jun 30, 2018
You're someone who can write a Wikipedia article, just like the person who wrote the article you're referencing. Never cite Wikipedia as any more accurate than any other random person you're talking to on the internet.
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Level 54
Dec 11, 2018
@gjcsarris, Greenland is not even a third the size of Australia. The mercator projecter does not display accurate relative sizes. Please check https://thetruesize.com
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2019
And yet somehow Wikipedia is far more accurate than a random person on the internet.
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Level 67
May 24, 2019
@someone2018 and @quizmaster. Yes that is because a better comparison is asking several (hundred)thousand people, and not random people with an opinion but people with an interest in the subject and that have read material about it.

it is the difference between asking a random person on the street how many types of birds there are, and someone that has studied birds all their lives. The second person might still be off by a bit, but will come closer to the truth than the random person, that would just pluck an answer out of thin air. (and more accurately, it is the answer agreed upon, that rolls out of the discussion of many birds enthousiasts on the matter)

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Level 72
May 7, 2016
Surprised not to see Malaysia
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Level 71
May 7, 2016
Besides Borneo, none was found...:)
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Level 40
Jan 3, 2019
Sarawak and Sabah
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Level 40
Jan 3, 2019
Borneo is shared by 3 countries (Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei)- Sabah and Sarawak are the Malaysian parts of the island of Borneo and both are more than 10,000 km2
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Level 65
Oct 16, 2019
Sabah and Sarawak are both on one island. There needs to be two islands.
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Level 55
Jul 29, 2020
csrt2006: What the heck? Do you think Great Britain is three islands, because it contains three states (countries/subdivisions/however you want to call it), England, Wales and Scotland?
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Level 50
May 31, 2016
Got them all but got stuck on the Philippines which was my last one.
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Level 63
May 31, 2016
I knew I was missing an obvious one...
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Level 54
May 31, 2016
Missed Philippines also!
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Level 65
Aug 5, 2016
Philippines was my last one too! Stuck for ages, then got it in last 10 seconds!
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Level 56
May 31, 2016
How does the UK make this list?
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Level 59
May 31, 2016
Great Britain (209,331 km2) and Ireland (84,421 km2). Look at the instructions - Ireland counts.
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Level 59
May 31, 2016
Very surprised at some. Some close calls that I found were USA (Big Island -10,434 km2 and Kodiak Island - 9,310 km2), Denmark (Greenland - 2,130,800 km2 and Qeqertarsuaq (Disko) - 8,612 km2), and Chile (Isla Grande Tierra del Fuego - 47,401 km2 and Chiloe - 8,478). Really makes the American inside me have to learn the metric system :P
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Level 74
Mar 2, 2018
Yeah, I'm sure you would have fared *much* better, had the clues been in miles instead of km... ;)
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Level 81
Jun 30, 2018
Divide by 2½.
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Level 48
Jun 10, 2020
It’s in square kilometers, not kilometers (distance)
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Level 45
May 31, 2016
China? I know Taiwan is separate and Hong Kong is as well but don't we consider them part of China???
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Level 45
Nov 12, 2016
no, jetpunk doesn't consider Taiwan separate (it's complicated, consider looking up the history of the Republic of China), and i dont think Hong Kong is big enough
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Level 64
Dec 11, 2018
Jetpunk very definitely does consider Taiwan an independent country. Check the Countries of the World quiz.
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Level 65
Feb 23, 2017
Sure, you can consider them part of China if you feel like starting a war
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Level 75
Dec 11, 2018
Besides which, the next largest would be Hainan at 32,900 sq km.
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Level 47
Sep 16, 2020
No, Jetpunk undoubtedly considers Taiwan to be its own country. Most, if not all of the quizzes on here include Taiwan as a separate country from China.
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Level 48
May 31, 2016
I forgot the most obvious one: the UK :D
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Level 26
May 31, 2016
The UK has 3; Britain, Ireland and The Falklands.
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Level 69
May 31, 2016
Falkland Islands are 4,170 sq Km.
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Level 65
Feb 23, 2017
I think he's just trying to start a war
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Level 60
May 31, 2016
lol
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Level 60
Dec 11, 2018
lol
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Level 61
Dec 11, 2018
maybe cyprus??
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Level 34
May 31, 2016
Doesn't Hawaii count?
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Level 76
May 31, 2016
Sadly, the Big Island is the only one that is bigger than 10,000 km². Puerto Rico (and some islands in Alaska I guess) miss the cut by less than 1,000 km²
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Level 57
May 31, 2016
Nice one!
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Level 62
May 31, 2016
Denmark? Zealand and Greenland
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Level 58
May 31, 2016
What's the name of PNG's 2nd island?
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Level 48
Jun 1, 2016
New Britain
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Level 81
Jun 30, 2018
Near Hartford?
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Level 67
May 24, 2019
I never realised papua new guinea had another island than the one it shares.... It is nice to learn something new ! the last time was a few months ago when I first got on this site, on the countries of the world quiz, embarrassed to say, some of the countries were new to me.. But I have remembered all of them since :)
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Level 55
May 31, 2016
Denmark had greenland and iceland
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Level 55
Jul 29, 2020
Sure. And Kingdom of Jerusalem holds the Holy Land. Get out from that time machine of yours and give the technology to the world finally.
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Level 80
Jun 1, 2016
Dang it. I always forget Papua.
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Level 45
Jul 2, 2016
Good quiz really made me think but maybe too much time given
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Level 39
Dec 21, 2016
I was surprised not to see France (Corsica) on this list.
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Level 55
Jul 29, 2020
Yep. Really surprising not to see country with ONE island on a list of countries with MULTIPLE islands.
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Level 64
Feb 21, 2017
Brazil you dog! Not today! 100%!!!!!!!!
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Level 66
Apr 28, 2017
Quite good.
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Level 52
Sep 22, 2017
Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis have the two main islands in their name?
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Level 56
Sep 5, 2020
Those islands aren't even close to being over 10,000km² big
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Level 49
Mar 9, 2018
facepalm I forgot Japan lol
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Level 41
Dec 11, 2018
hell Norway
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Level 48
Dec 11, 2018
You should add Denmark, it has Greenland and Svalbard
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Level 52
Dec 11, 2018
Svalbard is Norwegian.
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Level 66
Dec 11, 2018
And Svalbard is not an island it's an archipelago
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Level 39
Dec 12, 2018
Gah!! 9/10 Spelled Papua New Guinea wrong. =(
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Level 55
Jun 25, 2019
Just type PNG
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Level 55
Jul 29, 2020
The day I learned you can do that changed my life forever. :-D Sad to admit it wasn't that long time ago.
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Level 39
Dec 14, 2018
I don't know why, I forget about the existence of the Philippines in every quiz!
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Level 43
Dec 20, 2018
I appreciate questions like this might start wars, but why is it OK to include all of Ireland as part of the UK, and not any of Taiwan as part of China? And why do none of the Antarctic claims count? Its almost as though some quizzes need to explain the political position of the quizmaster in order to eliminate the red herrings.
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Level 58
Jan 3, 2019
"Includes islands shared with other countries" The UK has Northern Ireland, while China doesn't have any portion of Taiwan. And for Antarctica, there is a treaty that doesn't recognize any claim on the continent. And it's a continent, not an island, so it doesn't matter here anyway.
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Level 36
Sep 26, 2020
you could argue that under the ice, the actual land is divided between one big continental mass and many islands
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Level 67
May 24, 2019
All of ireland isnt include as part of the uk, just northern ireland, which actually IS part of the uk ( united kingdom)
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Level 68
Jun 25, 2019
Quiz 9 / 10, comments 10 / 10
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Level 67
Jun 25, 2019
I was somehow expecting Denmark and Greece.
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Level 52
Oct 13, 2019
Yeah, same.
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Level 42
Oct 26, 2019
10/11 didnt get italy somehow
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Level 36
Apr 9, 2020
Love it; great quiz
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Level 71
Apr 10, 2020
Thanks!!!
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Level 48
Apr 21, 2020
I get that Australia isn't considered an island and all but the reasoning doesn't make sense to me. Basically Australia isn't considered an Islands because it's as large as a continent. However even if the Suez and Panama canals are considered (which are man made) Eurasia counts as it is a connected land mass. Based off that Australia would be smaller than every other continent including Antarctica. Therefore the argument to not classify Australia as an island doesn't make sense, as it is all based off the idea that 2 connected landmasses aren't considered 1 continent.
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Level 55
Jul 29, 2020
Every other continent has a mainland and adjacent islands. Why should Australia (Oceania) be comprised only of islands? Why would it even be called a continent then?
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Level 36
Sep 26, 2020
well, i once saw the argument that australia is the smallest landmass with many different natural areas(idk the word, like desert and forest etc)
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Level 35
Jun 10, 2020
100%!! Woohoo
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Level 59
Oct 2, 2020
Brazil is a tricky one. Bananal is not much known even between the average Brazilians. Is an island formed by Javaés and Araguaia rivers (world's biggest fluvial island also), in the transition between amazon rainforest and the Brazilian savannah (cerrado).