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Geography > Maritime claims > Territorial sea: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: 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 LOS Convention (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. A full and definitive definition can be found in the Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
=1 Liberia 200 nautical mile 2013
=1 Congo, Republic of the 200 nautical mile 2013
=1 Ecuador 200 nautical mile 2013
=1 Somalia 200 nautical mile 2013
=1 Peru 200 nautical mile 2013
=1 Benin 200 nautical mile 2013
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 34.12 nautical mile 2013
7 Togo 30 nautical mile 2013
Latin America and Caribbean average (profile) 23.06 nautical mile 2013
Emerging markets average (profile) 19.91 nautical mile 2013
Hot countries average (profile) 19.58 nautical mile 2010
Former British colonies average (profile) 15.95 nautical mile 2013
=8 Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Canada 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 East Timor 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Saint Helena 12 nautical mile 2011
=8 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Kingman Reef 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Cameroon 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Cocos (Keeling) Islands 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Ashmore and Cartier Islands 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Dominica 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Netherlands 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Tanzania 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Christmas Island 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Monaco 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Wallis and Futuna 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Madagascar 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 South Korea 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 France 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Vanuatu 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Nauru 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Norway 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Montenegro 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Bassas da India 12 nautical mile 2006
=8 Virgin Islands 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Dominican Republic 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Bahrain 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Indonesia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Libya 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Finland 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Bangladesh 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Wake Island 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Mauritius 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Portugal 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Turks and Caicos Islands 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Malaysia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Clipperton Island 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Barbados 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Isle of Man 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Guinea 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Panama 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Costa Rica 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 American Samoa 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Ireland 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Nigeria 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Australia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 El Salvador 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Tuvalu 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Netherlands Antilles 12 nautical mile 2008
=8 Thailand 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Belize 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Sierra Leone 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Georgia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Denmark 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Morocco 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Estonia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Norfolk Island 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Lebanon 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Colombia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Taiwan 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Fiji 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Baker Island 12 nautical mile 2006
=8 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Qatar 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Italy 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Sudan 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Maldives 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Suriname 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Israel 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Venezuela 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Senegal 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Papua New Guinea 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Martinique 12 nautical mile 2006
=8 Mauritania 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Trinidad and Tobago 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Syria 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Guadeloupe 12 nautical mile 2006
=8 Mexico 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 United Kingdom 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Jarvis Island 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Greece 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 French Guiana 12 nautical mile 2006
=8 Sao Tome and Principe 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Lithuania 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Cambodia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 The Gambia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Aruba 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Argentina 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Ghana 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Saudi Arabia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Cape Verde 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Slovenia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Guatemala 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Johnston Atoll 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 The Bahamas 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Spain 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Glorioso Islands 12 nautical mile 2006
=8 Pakistan 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Oman 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Gabon 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Niue 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Samoa 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 New Zealand 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Yemen 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Jamaica 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Albania 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Equatorial Guinea 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 United Arab Emirates 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Guam 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 India 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Kenya 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Eritrea 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Solomon Islands 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Saint Lucia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Cyprus 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Europa Island 12 nautical mile 2006
=8 Bermuda 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Howland Island 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Cote d'Ivoire 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Cook Islands 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Federated States of Micronesia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Cuba 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Saint Kitts and Nevis 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 China 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Ukraine 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Tonga 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Tromelin Island 12 nautical mile 2006
=8 Cayman Islands 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 United States 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Sweden 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Vietnam 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Russia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Bulgaria 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Romania 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Angola 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 South Africa 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Tokelau 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 12 nautical mile 2008
=8 Latvia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Mozambique 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Japan 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Juan de Nova Island 12 nautical mile 2006
=8 Brazil 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Northern Mariana Islands 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Brunei 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Iran 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Algeria 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Midway Islands 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Marshall Islands 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Chile 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Puerto Rico 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Belgium 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Kiribati 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Haiti 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Iraq 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Croatia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 French Polynesia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Guinea-Bissau 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Grenada 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Navassa Island 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Seychelles 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Uruguay 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Egypt 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Djibouti 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Heard Island and McDonald Islands 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Antigua and Barbuda 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Reunion 12 nautical mile 2006
=8 Nicaragua 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Malta 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Democratic Republic of the Congo 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Palmyra Atoll 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Kuwait 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Iceland 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Germany 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Poland 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Mayotte 12 nautical mile 2011
=8 New Caledonia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 North Korea 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Guyana 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Burma 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Honduras 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Tunisia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 French Southern and Antarctic Lands 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Sri Lanka 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Namibia 12 nautical mile 2013
=8 Comoros 12 nautical mile 2013
Eurozone average (profile) 12 nautical mile 2013
European Union average (profile) 12 nautical mile 2013
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 12 nautical mile 2013
High income OECD countries average (profile) 12 nautical mile 2013
OPEC countries average (profile) 12 nautical mile 2013
NATO countries average (profile) 11.74 nautical mile 2013
Heavily indebted countries average (profile) 11.53 nautical mile 2013
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 11.5 nautical mile 2013
East Asia and Pacific average (profile) 11.36 nautical mile 2013
194 Turkey 6 nautical mile 2013
=195 Svalbard 4 nautical mile 2013
=195 Jan Mayen 4 nautical mile 2013
=195 Bouvet Island 4 nautical mile 2013
=198 Jersey 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 Gibraltar 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 Palau 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 Pitcairn Islands 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 Hong Kong 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 Guernsey 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 Anguilla 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 Jordan 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 Coral Sea Islands 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 Greenland 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 British Indian Ocean Territory 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 British Virgin Islands 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 Faroe Islands 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 Montserrat 3 nautical mile 2013
=198 Singapore 3 nautical mile 2013

Citation

"Countries Compared by Geography > Maritime claims > Territorial sea. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Geography/Maritime-claims/Territorial-sea

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Interesting observations about Geography > Maritime claims > Territorial sea

  • Somalia ranked first for maritime claims > territorial sea amongst Hot countries in 2013.
  • Ecuador ranked first for maritime claims > territorial sea amongst Christian countries in 2013.
  • Italy ranked first for maritime claims > territorial sea amongst Heavily indebted countries in 2013.
  • Israel ranked first for maritime claims > territorial sea amongst Densely populated countries in 2013.
  • Peru ranked first for maritime claims > territorial sea amongst Emerging markets in 2013.
  • Benin ranked second for maritime claims > territorial sea globally in 2013.
  • United States ranked #7 for maritime claims > territorial sea amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2013.
  • Papua New Guinea ranked first for maritime claims > territorial sea amongst East Asia and Pacific in 2013.
  • Senegal ranked second for maritime claims > territorial sea amongst Muslim countries in 2013.
  • France ranked first for maritime claims > territorial sea amongst Non-religious countries in 2013.
  • Venezuela ranked last for maritime claims > territorial sea amongst Latin America and Caribbean in 2013.
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