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Islands of The World

LARGEST

A map of the Largest Islands

  • Greenland - (840,004 sq. miles) (2,175,600 sq. km)
  • New Guinea - (303,381 sq. miles) (785,753 sq. km)
  • Borneo - (288,869 sq. miles) (748,168 sq. km)
  • Madagascar - (226,917 sq. miles) (587,713 sq. km)
  • Baffin - (194,574 sq. miles) (503,944 sq. km)
  • Sumatra - (171,069 sq. miles) (443,066 sq. km)
  • Honshu - (88,982 sq. miles) (225,800 sq. km)
  • Great Britain - (80,823 sq. miles) (209,331 sq. km)
  • Victoria - (85,154 sq. miles) (220,548 sq. km)
  • Ellesmere - (71,029 sq. miles) (183,965 sq. km)

NOTE: Australia is widely considered as a continental landmass, not an island. It certainly is the largest island, with a size of (2,966,153 sq miles) (7,682,300 sq km).

Source: UNEP island database

LARGEST ISLAND COUNTRIES

  • Indonesia - (735,358 sq miles) (1,904,569 sq km)
  • Madagascar - (226,658 sq miles) (587,041 sq km)
  • Papua New Guinea - (178,704 sq miles) (462,840 sq km)
  • Japan - (145,898 sq miles) (377,873 sq km)
  • Malaysia - (127,355 sq miles) (329,847 sq km)
  • Philippines - (115,831 sq miles) (300,000 sq km)
  • New Zealand - (104,454 sq miles) (270,534 sq km)
  • Great Britain - (80,823 sq. miles) (209,331 sq. km)

NOTE: Great Britain is an island that combines the countries of England, Scotland, and Wales, and is a part of the country of the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland," commonly referred to as the UK.

  • Cuba - (42,804 sq miles) (110,861 sq km)
  • Iceland - (39,769 sq miles) (103,000 sq km)

Source: UNSTATS 

HIGHEST ISLANDS

  • New Guinea - (16,503 feet) (5,030 meters)
  • Hawaii, USA - (13,796 feet) (4,205 meters)
  • Borneo, Indonesia - (13,698 feet) (4,175 meters)
  • Formosa, China - (13,114 feet) (3,997 meters)
  • Sumatra, Indonesia - (12,484 feet) (3,805 meters)
  • Ross, Antarctica - (12,448 feet) (3,794 meters)
  • Honshu, Japan - (12,388 feet) (3,776 meters)
  • South Island, NZ - (12,349 feet) (3,764 meters)
  • Lombok, Indonesia - (12,224 feet) (3,726 meters)

LARGEST VOLCANIC ISLANDS

  • Sumatra, Indonesia - (171,069 sq. miles) (443,066 sq. km)
  • Honshu, Japan - (88,982 sq. miles) (225,800 sq. km)
  • Java, Indonesia - (53,589 sq miles) (138,794 sq km)
  • North Island, NZ - (43,082 sq miles) (111,583 sq km)
  • Luzon, Philippines - (42,458 sq miles) (109,965 sq km)
  • Iceland - (39,315 sq miles) (101,826 sq km)
  • Mindanao, Philippines - (37,657 sq miles) (97,530 sq km)
  • Hokkaido, Japan - (30,395 sq miles) (78,719 sq km)
  • New Britain, PNG - (13,569 sq miles) (35,145 sq km)
  • Halmahera, Indonesia - (6,965 sq miles) (18,040 sq km)

Source: UNEP island database

LARGEST LAKE ISLANDS

  • Manitoulin, Lake Huron - (1,068 sq miles) (2,766 sq km)
  • Vozrozhdeniya, Aral Sea - (888 sq miles) (2,300 sq km)
  • Rene-Lavasseur, Manicouagan Reservoir, Quebec, Canada - (780 sq miles) (2,000 sq km)
  • Olkhon, Lake Baykal - (282 sq miles) (730 sq km)
  • Samosir, Toba - (243 sq miles) (630 sq km)
  • Isle Royal, Lake Superior - (209 sq miles) (541 sq km)
  • Ukerewe, Lake Victoria - (205 sq miles) (530 sq km)
  • St. Joseph, Lake Huron - (141 sq miles) (365 sq km)
  • Drummond, Lake Huron - (134 sq miles) (347 sq km)
  • Idjwi, Lake Kivu, DRC - (110 sq miles) (285 sq km)

LARGEST ISLANDS in the USA

  • Hawaii, Hawaii - (4,029 sq miles) (10,434 sq km)
  • Kodiak, Alaska - (3,672 sq miles) (9,510 sq km)
  • Puerto Rico* - (3.588 sq miles) (8,710 sq km) 
  • Prince of Wales, Alaska - (2,577 sq miles) (6,675 sq km)
  • Chichagof, Alaska - (2,080 sq miles) (5,388 sq km)
  • Saint Lawrence, Alaska - (1,710 sq miles) (4,430 sq km)
  • Admiralty, Alaska - (1,684 sq miles) (4,362 sq km)
  • Nunivak, Alaska - (1,632 sq miles) (4,227 sq km)
  • Baranof, Alaska - (1569 sq miles) (4,064.5 sq km)
  • Unimak, Alaska - (1,590 sq miles) (4,119 sq km)
  • Long Island, NY - (1,401 sq miles) (3,629 sq km)

*US territory 

LARGEST ISLANDS in EUROPE

  • Great Britain - (80,823 sq. miles) (209,331 sq. km)
  • Iceland - (39,769 sq miles) (103,000 sq km)
  • Ireland - (31,521 sq miles) (81,638 sq km)
  • West Spitsbergen - (15,050 sq miles) (38,980 sq km)
  • Sicily - (9,908 sq miles) (25,662 sq km)
  • Sardinia - (9,247 sq miles) (23,949 sq km)
  • Nordaustlandet - (5,401 sq miles) (14,247 sq km)
  • Cyprus - (3,565 sq miles) (9,234 sq km)
  • Corsica - (3,375 sq miles) (8,741 sq km)
  • Crete - (3,260 sq miles) (8,450 sq km)

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This page was last updated on July 3, 2019.