The largest country in the world is the Russian
Federation or as most called it: Russia. It has an area of 17.1 million square
kilometres (6593 square miles). Russia is so massive it spans a total of 9
time zones. The European part alone makes up for 40% of Europe’s landmass. The
whole of Northern Asia is basically Russia. It is a gigantic country although
only the eighth populous one. The second largest country in the world is Canada, followed
by the US and China.
All three have an area in between 9.5 to 10 million
square kilometres. They are fairly similar in size. Next in this ranking of
the largest countries in the world are Brazil with 8.5 square kilometres,
Australia – its own continent but still only in sixth place – with 7.7 million
square kilometres and India with 3.3 million square kilometres.
The remaining three in the top 10 of the biggest
countries are Argentina, Kazakhstan (a former part of the Soviet Union) and
Algeria. Up until 1991 the Soviet Union held the title of the largest country
with a staggering 22,400,200 square kilometres. If Antarctica would be
recognised as a country it would be in second place by the way with an area of
around 14 million square kilometres.