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List: Top Ten Largest Islands in the World (by land mass)

Date: 2008

Source: DFAT

Base: All recognised islands in the world.

Notes: An island is any land mass that is completely surrounded by water. Some definitions exclude land masses large enough to be considered continents. For this classification Australia is considered a continent. At 7,600,000 km2, Australia is more than three times the size of Greenland. Just outside the top ten and with land masses greater than 100,000 kilometres squared are (in descending order): Sulawesi, South Island NZ, Java, North Island NZ, Luzon, Newfoundland, Cuba and Iceland.

Rank

Island

Total Area (km2)

Country

1.

Greenland

2,131,000

Denmark

2.

New Guinea

785,800

Indonesia / Papua New Guinea

3.

Borneo

748,200

Brunei / Indonesia / Malaysia

4.

Madagascar

587,700

Madagascar

5.

Baffin Island

507,500

Canada

6.

Sumatra

443,000

Indonesia

7.

Honshu

225,800

Japan

8.

Victoria Island

217,300

Canada

9.

Great Britain

209,300

United Kingdom

10.

Ellesmere Island

196,250

Canada


 

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