The Longest River

Updated February 23, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

The Question:

What is the longest river in the world and how long is it and through what countries does it flow?

The Answer:

The Nile is the longest river in the world. It's 4,160 mi (6,695 km) long from its remotest headstream, the Luvironza River in Burundi, central Africa, to its delta on the Mediterranean Sea, NE Egypt. The Nile flows northward and drains c.1,100,000 sq mi (2,850,000 sq km), about one tenth of Africa, including parts of Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Congo (Kinshasa). Its waters support practically all agriculture in the most densely populated parts of Egypt, furnish water for more than 20% of Sudan's total crop area, and are widely used throughout the basin for navigation and hydroelectric power.

For more on long rivers see Principal Rivers of the World.

-The Fact Monster

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