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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
Last updated: September 06, 2018
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Sq. Km
Country
11,692,000
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
4,084,000
New Zealand
3,682,000
Chile
Sq. Km
Country
3,661,000
Brazil
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 69
Nov 14, 2014
Another great quiz!
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level 70
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 80
Nov 23, 2015
Okay, if this excludes external territories, please explain France to me.
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level 79
Nov 23, 2015
It says "includes".
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level 79
Nov 23, 2015
Now at least. If it said "excludes", then I'd struggle understanding Denmark.
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level 70
Nov 23, 2015
It has always said "includes".
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level 43
Dec 3, 2015
I missed France!
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level 65
Dec 17, 2015
It would take just over four islands in the middle of nowhere to get on that list. That's literally all you need : four islands, with no land within 370 miles either way, gives you an EEZ the size of Portugal's.
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level 75
Jan 29, 2016
That's what France is doing too, in addition to the various departments and large territories that it controls. That's why they get that impressive first place.
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level 60
Jan 31, 2016
What four islands?
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level 44
Feb 23, 2017
Doesn't matter what islands. The radius all around any island counts.
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level 60
Nov 24, 2017
I was just wondering to which four portuguese islands was dunkinggandalf referring to.
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level 57
Dec 24, 2017
The Azores.
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level 60
Jan 4, 2018
Azores? 9 islands, last time I counted them.
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level 60
Jan 29, 2016
Bow down to these naval empires!
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level 51
Jan 29, 2016
Lol, the sun never sets on the Micronesian Empire!
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level 46
Jan 29, 2016
Please consider accepting Brasil as a correct spelling
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level 70
Feb 16, 2016
Brasil also works now.
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level 62
Jan 29, 2016
Most quizzes accept America for United States...would you mind doing the same?
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level 55
Jan 29, 2016
why typing America, if USA would be just fine?!
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level 70
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 74
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 39
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 55
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 70
Jan 31, 2016
This website addresses this issue, and it has entertaining feedback that varies between thoughtful and ranting!
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level 59
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 58
Feb 3, 2016
But Europe... is a continent?
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level 50
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 55
Feb 20, 2016
"people who think Europe is a continent", so, basically everyone?
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level 70
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 68
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 70
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 43
Sep 11, 2018
What? I'm from New Zealand, and everyone here says "America" instead of "The United States".
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level 70
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 51
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 47
Jan 29, 2016
Try 'PNG' in future - nice easy type-in :)
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level 70
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 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 43
Jul 25, 2016
Et oui, la France a beaucoup de territoire ! ;)
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level 59
Mar 16, 2017
What?
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level 70
Mar 16, 2017
I think he said Et oui, la France a beaucoup de territoire ! ;)
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level 75
Oct 9, 2017
He should have said "Eh oui" though.
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level 68
Jan 23, 2018
I completely forgot about French Polynesia and Greenland adding huge totals to France and Denmark.
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level 51
Sep 7, 2018
C'est ki ka la plus grosse maintenant ?
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level 55
Sep 7, 2018
What about the Philippines? Wikipedia at least lists its EEZ as 2,263,816 km.
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level 48
Sep 7, 2018
they aren't including disputed EEZs, which the Philippines has.
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level 34
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 43
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 54
Sep 10, 2018
What about Netherlands and their special municipalities in the Caribbean sea? (Bonaire, Sint-Eustatius, Saba)