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Geography > Maritime claims > Continental shelf per million people: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: This entry is derived from Geography > Maritime claims, which includes the following claims, the definitions of which are excerpted from the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which alone contains the full and definitive descriptions:
territorial sea - the sovereignty of a coastal state extends beyond its land territory and internal waters to an adjacent belt of sea, described as the territorial sea in the UNCLOS (Part II); this sovereignty extends to the air space over the territorial sea as well as its underlying seabed and subsoil; every state has the right to establish the breadth of its territorial sea up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles; the normal baseline for measuring the breadth of the territorial sea is the mean low-water line along the coast as marked on large-scale charts officially recognized by the coastal state; where the coasts of two states are opposite or adjacent to each other, neither state is entitled to extend its territorial sea beyond the median line, every point of which is equidistant from the nearest points on the baseline from which the territorial seas of both states are measured; the UNCLOS describes specific rules for archipelagic states.
contiguous zone - according to the UNCLOS (Article 33), this is a zone contiguous to a coastal state's territorial sea, over which it may exercise the control necessary to: prevent infringement of its customs, fiscal, immigration, or sanitary laws and regulations within its territory or territorial sea; punish infringement of the above laws and regulations committed within its territory or territorial sea; the contiguous zone may not extend beyond 24 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured (e.g., the US has claimed a 12-nautical mile contiguous zone in addition to its 12-nautical mile territorial sea); where the coasts of two states are opposite or adjacent to each other, neither state is entitled to extend its contiguous zone beyond the median line, every point of which is equidistant from the nearest points on the baseline from which the contiguous zone of both states are measured.
exclusive economic zone (EEZ) - the UNCLOS (Part V) defines the EEZ as a zone beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea in which a coastal state has: sovereign rights for the purpose of exploring and exploiting, conserving and managing the natural resources, whether living or non-living, of the waters superjacent to the seabed and of the seabed and its subsoil, and with regard to other ...
Full definition. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Cook Islands 19,144.25 m 2013
2 Faroe Islands 4,023.42 m 2013
3 Saint Kitts and Nevis 3,911.29 m 2013
4 Greenland 3,465.36 m 2013
5 Antigua and Barbuda 2,218.38 m 2013
6 Seychelles 2,201.53 m 2013
7 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1,937.61 m 2013
8 Tonga 1,881.08 m 2013
9 Saint Lucia 1,228.64 m 2013
10 Vanuatu 764.63 m 2013
11 Iceland 634.35 m 2013
12 Malta 486.29 m 2013
13 Solomon Islands 334.87 m 2013
14 Guyana 270.31 m 2013
15 Fiji 223.03 m 2013
16 Cyprus 173.1 m 2013
17 Trinidad and Tobago 163.24 m 2013
18 Mauritius 151.26 m 2013
19 Latvia 91.81 m 2013
20 Jamaica 68.74 m 2013
21 Albania 66.41 m 2013
22 Uruguay 60.16 m 2013
23 Mauritania 58.18 m 2013
24 New Zealand 45.82 m 2013
25 Croatia 44.69 m 2013
26 Costa Rica 42.59 m 2013
27 Norway 42.35 m 2013
28 Finland 37.98 m 2013
29 United Arab Emirates 36.54 m 2013
30 Denmark 35.99 m 2013
31 Sierra Leone 35.63 m 2013
32 Papua New Guinea 31.1 m 2013
33 Sweden 21.93 m 2013
34 Dominican Republic 19.57 m 2013
35 Greece 18.56 m 2013
36 Portugal 18.52 m 2013
37 Senegal 15.04 m 2013
38 Guatemala 13.91 m 2013
39 Cambodia 13.15 m 2013
40 Chile 11.62 m 2013
41 Sri Lanka 9.23 m 2013
42 Romania 9.18 m 2013
43 Australia 8.98 m 2013
44 Cote d'Ivoire 8.93 m 2013
45 Madagascar 8.85 m 2013
46 Ghana 7.94 m 2013
47 Yemen 7.87 m 2013
48 Venezuela 7.03 m 2013
49 Malaysia 6.75 m 2013
50 Peru 6.7 m 2013
51 Ecuador 6.48 m 2013
52 Morocco 6.13 m 2013
53 Canada 5.79 m 2013
54 Sudan 5.74 m 2013
55 Argentina 4.69 m 2013
56 Kenya 4.54 m 2013
57 Ukraine 4.49 m 2013
58 Colombia 4.37 m 2013
59 South Africa 4.12 m 2013
60 Burma 3.63 m 2013
61 Italy 3.25 m 2013
62 France 3.03 m 2013
63 Thailand 2.97 m 2013
64 Germany 2.46 m 2013
65 Egypt 2.34 m 2013
66 Vietnam 2.16 m 2013
67 Mexico 1.72 m 2013
68 Russia 1.4 m 2013
69 Nigeria 1.15 m 2013
70 Pakistan 1.03 m 2013
71 Brazil 0.995 m 2013
72 India 0.164 m 2013
73 China 0.148 m 2013

Citation

"All countries compared for Geography > Maritime claims > Continental shelf per million people", CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Geography/Maritime-claims/Continental-shelf-per-million-people

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