Large Islands of the World
The following table lists the world's largest islands including the name, location, political affiliation, and land area. Greenland is the world's largest island covering 2,175,597 square kilometers.
| || ||Area|
|Island ||Location and political affiliation||sq. mi. ||sq. km|
|Greenland ||North Atlantic (Danish) ||839,999 ||2,175,597|
|New Guinea ||Southwest Pacific (West Papua [Irian Jaya], Indonesia, western part; Papua New Guinea, eastern part) ||309,000 ||800,311|
|Borneo ||West mid-Pacific (Indonesian, south part; Brunei and Malaysian, north part) ||287,300 ||744,108|
|Madagascar ||Indian Ocean (Malagasy Republic) ||227,000 ||587,931|
|Baffin ||North Atlantic (Canadian) ||195,926 ||507,451|
|Sumatra ||Northeast Indian Ocean (Indonesian) ||182,859 ||473,605|
|Honshu ||Sea of Japan–Pacific (Japanese) ||89,176 ||230,966|
|Great Britain ||Off coast of NW Europe (England, Scotland, and Wales) ||88,795 ||229,979|
|Victoria ||Arctic Ocean (Canadian) ||83,896 ||217,291|
|Ellesmere ||Arctic Ocean (Canadian) ||75,767 ||196,236|
|Sulawesi (Celebes) ||West mid-Pacific (Indonesian) ||73,057 ||189,218|
|South Island ||South Pacific (New Zealand) ||58,384 ||151,215|
|Java ||Indian Ocean (Indonesian) ||51,038 ||132,189|
|North Island ||South Pacific (New Zealand) ||44,702 ||115,778|
|Cuba ||Caribbean Sea (republic)||42,803 ||110,860|
|Newfoundland ||North Atlantic (Canadian) ||42,031 ||108,860|
|Luzon ||West mid-Pacific (Philippines) ||40,420 ||104,688|
|Iceland ||North Atlantic (republic) ||39,800 ||103,082|
|Mindanao ||West mid-Pacific (Philippines) ||36,537 ||94,631|
|Ireland ||West of Great Britain (republic, south part; United Kingdom, north part) ||32,597 ||84,426|
|Hokkaido ||Sea of Japan–Pacific (Japanese) ||32,245 ||83,515|
|Sakhalin (Karafuto) ||North of Japan (Russian) ||29,500 ||76,405|
|Hispaniola ||Caribbean Sea (Dominican Republic, east part; Haiti, west part) ||29,300 ||75,887|
|Banks ||Arctic Ocean (Canadian) ||27,038 ||70,028|
|Tasmania ||South of Australia (Australian) ||26,200 ||67,858|
|Sri Lanka (Ceylon) ||Indian Ocean (republic) ||24,900 ||64,491|
|Devon ||Arctic Ocean (Canadian) ||21,331 ||55,247|
|Tierra del Fuego ||Southern tip of South America (Argentinian, east part; Chilean, west part) ||18,605 ||48,187|
|Axel Heiberg ||Arctic Ocean (Canadian) ||16,671 ||43,178|
|Melville ||Arctic Ocean (Canadian) ||16,274 ||42,149|
|Kyushu ||Sea of Japan–Pacific (Japanese) ||16,223 ||42,018|
|Southampton ||Hudson Bay (Canadian) ||15,913 ||41,214|
NOTE: Australia is not included in this list because it is defined as a continent rather than an island.
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