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It may sometimes be tempting to assume that the country with the largest population has the largest land mass. However as we will see in this article, that is not necessarily true. The land mass of a country includes the land area as well as all waters within its territorial boundaries. Based on this, we will now look at the top five largest countries in the world.

Russia

Russia

Right at the top and surpassing the runner up Canada almost twice is the Russia Federation with a total area of 17 million square miles. This country that strides two continents Europe and Asia is by far the largest country in the world. The part of Russia that falls within the European continent makes up the largest country in Europe while the part that falls in Asia is the largest country in Asia. This country that covers most of Northern Asia has nine different time zones.

Canada

Canada

Located in the North American continent, Canada covers an area of 9.9 million square miles. This country which is one of the world’s largest economies is home to a culturally diverse population. It is found between the Pacific Ocean in the West and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, bordered to the south by United States of America and to the north by the Arctic Ocean. Canada is home to the Great Lakes and the Appalachians Mountains.

China

China

The People’s Republic of China that has the largest world population is the third largest country in the world in terms of territorial boundaries that includes territorial waters. It has covers a total area of approximately 9.6 million square miles. Its landscape ranges from alluvial plains in the east, plateaus in the north and mountain ranges in the south. China is home to vast species of flora and fauna and is one the seventeen mega diverse countries in the world.

United States of America

United States of America

The United States of America has a total area of 9.5 million square miles just a little under the total area of China. It is bounded to the east and west by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans respectively and to the North and South by respectively Canada and the South American Continent. This is the country with the largest economy in the world is blessed with many natural resources and a highly productive human resources. The country boasts of all climate types, from tropical to arid. It is made up of fifty states only two, Alaska and Hawaii, are not found in the central part of North America. It shares the great lakes and the Appalachian Mountains with Canada

Brazil

Brazil

The Federative Republic of Brazil found in the South American continent has a total area of 8.5 million square miles. This former Portuguese colony is a border to all the South American countries except two, Chile and Ecuador. To the west it is bordered by the South Atlantic Ocean. Its huge biodiversity has helped to earn it a place among the seventeen megadiverse countries in the world. This is the only country on the equator that has territories outside the tropical zone. The country has four time zones

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