Countries with the Largest Exclusive Economic Zone

Name the countries that control the largest ocean territory.
Area extending 200 nautical miles (370 km) from a country's coast, or to the midpoint between it and a neighbouring country
Includes external territories
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: September 6, 2018
First submittedNovember 14, 2014
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Sq. Km
Country
11,691,000
France
11,351,000
United States
8,505,000
Australia
7,567,000
Russia
6,806,000
United Kingdom
6,159,000
Indonesia
5,599,000
Canada
4,479,000
Japan
4,421,000
New Zealand
3,831,000
Brazil
Sq. Km
Country
3,682,000
Chile
3,442,000
Kiribati
3,269,000
Mexico
2,996,000
F. S. Micronesia
2,551,000
Denmark
2,402,000
Papua New Guinea
2,385,000
Norway
2,305,000
India
1,991,000
Marshall Islands
1,727,000
Portugal
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Level 73
Nov 14, 2014
Another great quiz!
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Level 74
Nov 23, 2015
China, by the way, is in 33rd place on 877,000 sq km. We only count undisputed EEZ's, so its claim for another 3,000,000 sq km (ie most) of the South China Sea is excluded because it is also contested by Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan, Philippines and Vietnam.
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Level 61
Feb 26, 2020
China does not deserve that territory whatsoever
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Level 37
May 15, 2020
I agree, but what do you expect from China? They always want to take control of things.
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Level 71
Mar 19, 2021
China? Sure. Now, how did France (for example) get on this list?
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Level 43
Mar 19, 2021
You can assume its a bunch of overseas territories like French Polynesia or New Caledonia
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Level 44
Mar 19, 2021
They have a lot of islands in the Pacific, plus French Guyana in South America, and the mainland(metropolitan) France is also pretty big.
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Level 47
Mar 19, 2021
*Hides in American.*
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Level 66
Mar 19, 2021
Kinda amazing that tiny countries like Micronesia and Kiribati have way larger EEZs than China. It's not that it doesn't make sense, I just find it interesting!
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Level 86
Nov 23, 2015
Okay, if this excludes external territories, please explain France to me.
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Level 81
Nov 23, 2015
It says "includes".
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Level 81
Nov 23, 2015
Now at least. If it said "excludes", then I'd struggle understanding Denmark.
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Level 74
Nov 23, 2015
It has always said "includes".
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Level 44
Dec 16, 2020
I thought it said excludes first, I mixed up the letters when I saw the word “external”
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Level 44
Dec 3, 2015
I missed France!
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Level 59
Jan 29, 2016
Bow down to these naval empires!
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Level 50
Jan 29, 2016
Lol, the sun never sets on the Micronesian Empire!
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Level 44
Nov 5, 2020
KIRITANNIA RULES THE WAVES
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Level 52
Jan 29, 2016
Please consider accepting Brasil as a correct spelling
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Level 74
Feb 16, 2016
Brasil also works now.
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Level 63
Jan 29, 2016
Most quizzes accept America for United States...would you mind doing the same?
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Level 62
Jan 29, 2016
why typing America, if USA would be just fine?!
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Level 74
Jan 29, 2016
USA and United States both work, which people in every country agree on. Outside of the US, the term America generally refers to the whole continent (and these days 57% of Jetpunk's activity occurs outside of the US).
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Level 78
Jan 29, 2016
You're telling me if I tell someone outside of the US that I'm an American, they're going to next ask me which country I'm from? I don't think so, Jerry. The continents are North America and South America. My Canadian friends do not want to be called American but North American is fine with them, and my cousin from Panama prefers to be called a Panamanian. People from Australia aren't called Commonwealth of Australians. I don't understand why people don't get this.
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Level 37
Jan 29, 2016
Ander, in almost every language and culture outside of the english-speaking world, it is a single continent - America. That is how they are taught. Panama is Panamanian and also American, just as France is French and also European. In fact, in Spanish they have a word specifically for people from the US, because to them, the whole continent is American. Maybe do some fact-checking before you tell someone they're wrong:)
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Level 58
Jan 30, 2016
Actually, just weighing in for Mandarin, it's called měiguó; mei is transcription for "America" and guo just means country. This is, the USA. There are other words for the continents. And, I should also note, on the Chinese Wikipedia, North and South America are displayed separately on a map of the continents. But, in any case, being an English language site, do these other languages matter? I can't weigh in anywhere else, but in Australia, everybody assumes USA when you say American or America; I've never come across anyone with different usage.
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Level 74
Jan 31, 2016
This website addresses this issue, and it has entertaining feedback that varies between thoughtful and ranting!
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Level 56
Feb 1, 2016
It's a bit silly to be lectured on this by people who think Europe is a continent.
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Level 61
Feb 3, 2016
But Europe... is a continent?
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Level 51
Feb 9, 2016
I guess that this argument arises from the fact that the country and the continents have the same name.
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Level 58
Feb 20, 2016
"people who think Europe is a continent", so, basically everyone?
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Level 75
Aug 11, 2016
Hard to think of a definition of continent that works for Europe. It's on the same tectonic plate as Asia and besides, using tectonic definitions, Japan's partially in N America. There's no particular divide between it and Asia, whereas very little land joins Asia to Africa or the two Americas (and there are now canals there). The Urals and Caucasus are generally given as divides, but if they are sufficient to divide continents, why is South Asia considered a part of Asia at all? The Indian subcontinent is more properly divided from Asia than Europe and it's well over half the size of our current smallest continent with more people living on it than any continent apart from Asia itself. Which brings us to human-based definitions of continents. If I go from north to south Georgia or west to east Russia, have I really witnessed more cultural change than going from Jerusalem to Ulaanbaatar? What about if I'm in Istanbul and cross the Bosporus? More than going from Vladivostok to Seoul?
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Level 71
May 24, 2017
I can't speak for other countries, but in the UK, America = the US. We say either N./S.America for the continents (we consider them to be two continents). When referring to both, we say "the Americas". People would just laugh at a Brazilian claiming to be an American to be honest.

China also considers America to be the US.

To be honest, I'm pretty sure most of the world thinks this way - it's mostly Latin America that has an issue with it.

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Level 77
Sep 7, 2018
I've had some all-night world problem solving debates on this subject. I've independently polled many Europeans, Asians, and Africans (not enough to make a real claim) and they all have said that if you say "I'm American" they assume you are from the U.S. and would not ask a follow up question. Many times in Italy people see me drinking a huge beer and they say "Deutsche?", I say "no," and then they say "Americano?" and I say "yes." When I have polled South Americans (mostly from Argentina) they take the view that anyone from North or South America is an American.
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Level 63
Aug 28, 2019
SNIX IS JOKING!!!!
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Level 72
Nov 30, 2019
According to Alexa, there are considerably more daily visitors to JetPunk from the UK than the US.
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Level 47
Mar 19, 2021
* 57% occurs outside AMERICA.
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Level 72
Mar 19, 2021
The problem here is that the United States is dumb and chose a name that causes endless confusion over its ambiguity by naming itself after the entire continent. Compare to the United States of Brazil or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea aka North Korea, which both refer unequivocally to a single geographic entity (Korean dispute notwithstanding). The solution here is not to call it either America or the United States, but something else like... the United States of Yellowstone (e.g.) or some other non-ambiguous name that refers exclusively to that country, thereby enabling us to not have to refer to the government. (Yes, there are two Congos, but that's a different situation.)
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Level 55
Mar 20, 2021
It is not because we call people American that we can call the country America.

And basically we don't.

America existed before the country.

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Level 77
Jan 29, 2016
Tried "Papa" New Guinea, but it didn't work. I just can't spell. Only one I missed.
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Level 68
Jan 29, 2016
Yeah, that's the only one i didn't get. Though I tried "papau new guinea", which is what i've always known it as and every other quiz i've tried accepts this. I don't know why this one doesn't accept a clearly miniscule spelling mistake!
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Level 49
Jan 29, 2016
Try 'PNG' in future - nice easy type-in :)
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Level 77
Sep 7, 2018
I just took this quiz again almost 3 years later and I still missed Papua New Guinea, although this time I know how to spell it thanks to JetPunk.
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Level 77
Mar 21, 2021
Missed Papua New Guinea again!
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Level 59
Feb 1, 2016
Ratio quizzes on this would be fun - EEZ area to land area, and EEZ area to population.
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Level 71
May 21, 2020
Four years late but here's one! Countries by EEZ to Internal Area Ratio. Kudos for the idea - I saw this comment while looking at similar quizzes :)
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Level 44
Jul 25, 2016
Et oui, la France a beaucoup de territoire ! ;)
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Level 71
Mar 16, 2017
What?
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Level 74
Mar 16, 2017
I think he said Et oui, la France a beaucoup de territoire ! ;)
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Level 82
Oct 9, 2017
He should have said "Eh oui" though.
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Level 74
May 21, 2020
He did. He just spelt it wrong.
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Level 62
Mar 19, 2021
Actually, "eh oui" and "et oui" are both perfectly fine.
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Level 75
Jan 23, 2018
I completely forgot about French Polynesia and Greenland adding huge totals to France and Denmark.
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Level 55
Sep 7, 2018
C'est ki ka la plus grosse maintenant ?
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Level 69
Sep 7, 2018
What about the Philippines? Wikipedia at least lists its EEZ as 2,263,816 km.
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Level 62
Sep 7, 2018
they aren't including disputed EEZs, which the Philippines has.
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Level 45
Sep 7, 2018
Surprised not to see China on here, thought they had more of a presence in the southeast Asian seas with it being the South China Sea and all! Portugal too, I’m guessing they’re included because of overseas territory? The rest I was expecting.
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Level 15
Mar 19, 2021
The EEZ of the Azores, Madeira and mainland Portugal combined, makes up a big part of the Northern Atlantic :)
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Level 46
Sep 8, 2018
This surprises me - mostly countries that are missing on the list. I honestly thought more of them would have oceanic territory especially considering how large they are or how much coast they have-for example China or Argentina.
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Level 61
Sep 10, 2018
What about Netherlands and their special municipalities in the Caribbean sea? (Bonaire, Sint-Eustatius, Saba)
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Level 72
Nov 30, 2019
The Netherlands have only the 85th largest EEZ according to Sea Around Us, including these overseas territories.
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Level 67
Feb 26, 2020
That has a very interesting map! Cool to see it represented (I guess it cant be used on this quiz, cause then you basicly see what you need to guess, but nice to have it visualized :))
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Level 63
Aug 28, 2019
Nice, Portugal just snuck onto the quiz i see :)
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Level 66
Mar 21, 2020
I'm kinda surprised they made it ahead of Spain
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Level 71
Feb 3, 2021
Azores! Madeira! Nothing blocking their mileage. Canaries and Balearics have space that collides with other nations.
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Level 56
Mar 19, 2021
And with the Portuguese plans to expand its EEZ and territorial waters, it could actually go up on the ranking. If the UN validates the country's claim, an additional 2.1 million km2 will become part of its continental shelf. If so, only 3% of its territory would be terrestrial. :)
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Level 38
Mar 20, 2021
Actually, just to be accurate: In terms of international law, EEZs do not count as a state's sovereign territory (as opposed to its terrirorial waters, which do count).
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Level 66
Mar 21, 2020
Got Canada and Mexico in the last 3 seconds
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Level 48
Aug 13, 2020
Absolutely baffling. I'm amazed that France and the USA are so high, when you consider how small the French landmass is and how most of the USA has land borders on two sides. But I'm also surprised to see no South Africa or Argentina on the list.

I'm also surprised that France has so much more than Britain, if overseas territories are included. Are there so many overseas French territories? Or do they just cover more ocean space?

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Level 71
Feb 3, 2021
Think French Polynesia.
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Level 47
Mar 19, 2021
And small lonely stones like Clipperton, Kerguelen, Bouvet... Only pinguins and fishes
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Level 62
Mar 19, 2021
It's not just French Polynesia - it's that France has a many small islands that are otherwise very isolated.
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Level 15
Mar 19, 2021
For the USA, think Hawaii and Alaska.
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Level 61
Mar 22, 2021
The US has land borders on two sides, but the other two sides are gigantic and extend onto open ocean, plus the Alaskan coast, Hawaii, and US territories
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Level 80
Mar 19, 2021
Shocked not to see Liechtenstein on here.
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Level 58
Mar 19, 2021
What about the Holy See???
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Level 62
Mar 20, 2021
It's an inland see.
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Level 61
Mar 21, 2021
I see