The 6 Largest Countries In The World By Land Mass

These largest countries in the world are ranked by land mass which measures thousands of square kilometres. Russia top the list as the largest country with a total land mass of 17,075,200 Km; followed by Canada with a land mass 7090530 Km2 less than that of Russia.

The 6 Largest Countries In The World

6. Australia

The 6 Largest Countries In The World By Land Mass

Capital: Canberra

Land Mass ( 7,686,850

Population (2013): 23,342,553

Australia is a country, and continent, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal, but its capital, Canberra, is inland and nicknamed the “Bush Capital.” The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, the vast Outback (interior desert wilderness) and unique animal species including kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.

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5. Brazil

The 6 Largest Countries In The World By Land Mass

Capital: Brasília

Land Mass: 8,511,965

Population (2013): 200,361,925

Brazil, a vast South American country, stretches from the Amazon Basin in the north to vineyards and massive Iguaçu Falls in the south. Rio de Janeiro, symbolized by its 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mt. Corcovado, is famed for its busy Copacabana and Ipanema beaches as well as its enormous, raucous Carnival festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba.

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4. China

The 6 Largest Countries In The World By Land Mass

Capital: Beijing

Land Mass ( 9,596,960

Population 2013: 1,385,566,537

China, a communist nation in East Asia, is the world’s most populous country. Its vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountain ranges, lakes, rivers and 14,500km of coastline. Beijing, the capital, mixes modern architecture with historic sites including sprawling Tiananmen Square. Its largest city, Shanghai, is a skyscraper-studded global financial center. The iconic Great Wall of China fortification runs east-west across the country’s north.

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3. United State of America (USA)

The 6 Largest Countries In The World By Land Mass

Capital: Washington, D.C.

Land Mass ( 9,826,630

Population 2013: 320,050,716

The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the extreme Northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major cities include New York, a global finance and culture center, and Washington, DC, the capital, both on the Atlantic Coast; Los Angeles, famed for filmmaking, on the Pacific Coast; and the Midwestern metropolis Chicago.

2. Canada

The 6 Largest Countries In The World By Land Mass

Capital: Ottawa

Land Mass( 9,984,670

Population 2013: 35,181,704

Canada, stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north, is filled with vibrant cities including massive, multicultural Toronto; predominantly French-speaking Montréal and Québec City; Vancouver and Halifax on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, respectively; and Ottawa, the capital. It’s also crossed by the Rocky Mountains and home to vast swaths of protected wilderness.

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1. Russia

The 6 Largest Countries In The World By Land Mass

Capital: Moscow

Land Mass( 17,075,200

Population 2013:  142,833,689

Among the largest countries in the world, Russia is known as the largest. It’s borders lies with European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans, landscape ranging from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. It’s famous for novelists Tolstoy and  Dostoevsky, plus the Bolshoi and Mariinsky ballet companies. St. Petersburg, founded by legendary Russian leader Peter the Great, features the baroque Winter Palace, now housing part of the Hermitage Museum’s art collection.