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The 26 Largest Islands In The World Compared

The map above shows the relative size of the world’s 26 largest islands. Combined they cover 7.7 million square km (roughly the size of Australia) and have 540 million people living on them (behind only China and India).

If you’re curious to learn a bit more about them, below you can find their names, what country (or countries) they belong to, their areas and the population of each island (data from Wikipedia):

Greenland (autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark); area: 2,130,800 km2; population: 56,344

New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea); area: 785,753 km2; population: 11,306,940

Borneo (Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia); area: 748,168 km2; population: 19,804,064

Madagascar (Madagascar); area: 587,713 km2; population: 22,005,222

Baffin Island (Canada); area: 507,451 km2; population: 10,745

Sumatra (Indonesia); area: 480,848 km2; population: 50,365,538

Honshu (Japan); area: 225,800 km2; population: 103,000,000

Victoria Island (Canada); area: 217,291 km2; population: 1,875

Great Britain (United Kingdom); area: 209,331 km2; population: 60,800,000

Ellesmere Island (Canada); area: 196,236 km2; population: 146

Sulawesi (Indonesia); area: 180,681 km2; population: 18,455,058

South Island (New Zealand); area: 145,836 km2; population: 1,058,500

Java (Indonesia); area: 138,794 km2; population: 143,000,000

North Island (New Zealand); area: 111,583 km2; population: 3,450,800

Luzon (Philippines) area: 109,965 km2; population: 48,520,774

Newfoundland (Canada); area: 108,860 km2; population: 479,105

Cuba (Cuba); area: 104,556 km2; population: 11,167,325

Iceland (Iceland); area: 101,826 km2; population: 316,252

Mindanao (Philippines); area: 97,530 km2; population: 25,281,545

Ireland (Republic of Ireland and United Kingdom); area: 84,421 km2; population: 6,378,000

Hokkaido (Japan); area: 78,719 km2; population: 5,507,456

Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti) area: 76,480 km2; population: 19,442,012

Sakhalin (Russia) area: 72,493 km2; population: 580,000

Banks Island (Canada) area: 70,028 km2; population: 136

Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka)area: 65,268 km2; population: 20,277,597

Tasmania (Australia) area: 64,519 km2; population: 514,700

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