The world's ten largest countries together cover nearly half of all land on Earth.
Comparing the size of countries in terms of area reveals some interesting findings. The list primarily includes countries from the Americas and Asia.
Although Russia, which has the largest area of any country in the world, is considered a European country, the vast majority of its territory is in Asia. Stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean, Russia encompasses a vastly different landscape, climate and land use. It is inhabited by people belonging to dozens of ethnic and ethnographic groups. The powerful country is very unevenly populated. Next to the big cities there are almost deserted areas with a very harsh climate where only a few people live.
Among the three largest countries in the world is China, which also leads the world in terms of population.
Their opposite is Canada, which with an area of almost 10 million square kilometers is a country with a relatively small number of inhabitants and low population density. This is primarily due to the location of this country in the northern part of North America, where the climate is very harsh, and large areas covered with taiga remain uninhabited.
Against the background of the largest countries in the world, it is interesting to compare them with the European Union. It consists of 28 European countries, but counted as a whole it would take only the seventh place in the ranking. Its area is smaller than Russia by more than 4 times.