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
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Last updated: September 6, 2018
First submittedNovember 14, 2014
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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 72
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 60
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 85
Nov 23, 2015
Okay, if this excludes external territories, please explain France to me.
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Level 83
Nov 23, 2015
It says "includes".
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Level 83
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 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 51
Jan 29, 2016
Lol, the sun never sets on the Micronesian Empire!
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Level 53
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 64
Jan 29, 2016
Most quizzes accept America for United States...would you mind doing the same?
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Level 61
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 38
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 56
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 57
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 60
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 56
Feb 20, 2016
"people who think Europe is a continent", so, basically everyone?
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Level 72
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 75
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 44
Sep 11, 2018
What? I'm from New Zealand, and everyone here says "America" instead of "The United States".
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Level 49
Aug 28, 2019
SNIX IS JOKING!!!!
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Level 66
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 75
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 75
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 70
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 70
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 80
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 74
Jan 23, 2018
I completely forgot about French Polynesia and Greenland adding huge totals to France and Denmark.
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Level 53
Sep 7, 2018
C'est ki ka la plus grosse maintenant ?
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Level 67
Sep 7, 2018
What about the Philippines? Wikipedia at least lists its EEZ as 2,263,816 km.
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Level 56
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 45
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 59
Sep 10, 2018
What about Netherlands and their special municipalities in the Caribbean sea? (Bonaire, Sint-Eustatius, Saba)
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Level 66
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 60
Aug 28, 2019
Nice, Portugal just snuck onto the quiz i see :)
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Level 63
Mar 21, 2020
I'm kinda surprised they made it ahead of Spain
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Level 63
Mar 21, 2020
Got Canada and Mexico in the last 3 seconds
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Level 38
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?