Guys, you have no idea on the amount of effort that comes into standartizing and collecting the data. I work with data reserach and have to say that this site is incredible for the amount of internationally comparable data it provides for free. Of course, data here is "for reference only". If you want latest figures and pristine accuraccy, then you have to invest your own time and effort and visit all the national statistics webpages. It will take time. Or look up at organizations such as UN, OECD, IMF. In many cases, statistics of the same country are not even strictly comparable between one year and another because of methodology changes. Right, land area is probably the easiest to calculate. But I doubt folks at this site do data revisions or investigate methodology - they publish what they get from their sources. So if you want revisions - I suggest you write directly to CIA World Factbook Staff. The admins here are tasked more with data presentation/IT issues than actual data, and I must say, they do a very good job at it.
Mirage (RF) 1st February 2007
Russia has 17,075,400 sq km, not 16,995,800
Andrey 26th February 2006
Why don't I see Lithuania in this list.Isn't it larger than Bermuda?!
Daniel Yepez 26th January 2006
You are wrong with Spain. The Canary Island are from Spain, they aren't a dependence. Check the Spanish numbers!
samanticx 7th January 2006
Your site has has become frustrating! It used to be so easy to find things you want.. I just want to find the rankings of the largest islands in the world and im being sent everywhere!.. with no relief in sight!...And yeah, the rankings here re US, Canada, and China are so erroneous!
Ahmed 13th December 2005
I would like to point one more mistake in your website. Sudan is the largest country in africa, thus it should placed before Algeria.
Riku 13th December 2005
This is wrong. Finland has 304,473 sq km according to this. That makes it smaller than Norway even..
Actually Finland has 338,145 km² and is the 64th largest country ,not 68th..
Anoynoumous tipster 25th November 2005
Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world u douche of a site owner get the facts right u selfabsorbing american hippy.
David Bonaventure 21st November 2005
I think you forgot the Mongolia in your rating. Mongolia is about 1,5. Check again
Jordan 2nd November 2005
I think this web site needs a world map of what countries lie between which cause there has been a lot of research for this and it hasnt been found so that is how this can be improved.
Chris 21st October 2005
This site is full of misleading information. Word stuff how you will, I am informing my the Dean of Science at my university so it can be blacklisted as a source of reference.
SANTA 17th October 2005
Dear whoever make this website.
I'm sure by now relise that your list has quite a few mistakes not just this one but many, many other lists as well. Why not just send out a big apology for misinforming us all and fix your lists already. As I can see you've had complaints from last year, which some are valid points, yet no changes have been made??
Johnson 3rd October 2005
Even if you just count land area (not water), the other three sources I googled still put Canada second.
the_jimmer 16th September 2005
Love your site but have to point this out. Antarctica isn't a country and never will be! But you're totally right about Canada not being 2nd largest "by area"...guess nobody gets it!
Leoyd 8th June 2005
Your website is wrog about the largest countries.Russia then Canada and so on.
Edria Murray Staff Editor 21st April 2005
In response to Andy:
Land area is defined as area excluding the lakes and other waterways). Sudan has a total area of 2,505,810 sq km, which is made up of 2,376,000 sq km of land and 129,810 sq km of water.
In total area Sudan is the 10th largest country in the world (16th if territories such as Antarctica and oceans are included). Although the land area is quite large only 7% of it, or 164,330 sq km, is arable land (suitable for growing crops). Much of the remaining land is desert, especially in the north and some of the dry areas are becoming desert. Most of the towns and cities in Sudan are located along the Nile river or one of its tributaries, however Sudan has inadequate supplies of clean drinking water.
bernie 1st April 2005
I followed many of these stats with interest, I even thought they were official until I clicked on to the "largest" page. Now, I know we eat a lot of junk food and are becoming larger but the USA is not yet larger than the second largest nation in in the world; "Canada" Do the research! Look at some official data like an encyclopedia.
8th March 2005
When most people refer to the size of a country they cite the total area within the countries boundaries, rather than total land area (this statistic) which excludes inland water bodies such as rivers and lakes. The only reason Canada is the fourth largest inhabited country rather than the second is because it has an unusually large amount of fresh water coverage - 891,163 sq km. In contrast, the United States has the second largest amount of inland water but the amount, 470,131 sq km is just over half that of Canada. China has only 270,550 sq km of inland water, putting it in fourth place behind India.
Size is an important indicator of a lot of other features of a country. Apart from allowing a greater population, it is also a factor in biodiversity. The 12 megadiverse countries (Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mexico, Peru and the US) combine the features of a large size and a temperate or tropical location. Only two countries - Madagascar and Ecuador - do not have a land area more than one million sq kms, and only Ecuador is not in the top 50 countries with the largest land area, although it does lie between Peru and Colombia. Although large, Russia and Canada lie too far north to house a large diversity of life.
sercan 30th January 2005
wrong!Turkey has 780.000 sq km ,it must be corrected...
paterson 6th December 2004
wow we have some pretty small countries and i thought that antarctica was smaller than that cool !!!!
o.j. 13th November 2004
Canada has 9.9M sq km
USA 9.6M sq km
China 9.6M km
peter 10th November 2004
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You list in order, Russia...China...USA...Canada as the largest countries in the world................WRONG. This must have been written bt an American.
Whether you use both land and water or just land...Canada IS THE 2ND LARGEST COUNTRY on this planet.