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Countries with Multiple Big Islands

Name the countries that have two or more islands greater than 10,000 km2.
Includes islands shared with other countries
For the purposes of this quiz, Australia is a continent not an island
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Last updated: September 20, 2018
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First submittedApril 22, 2016
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Country
18
Canada
13
Indonesia
7
Philippines
6
Russia
4
Japan
2
Brazil
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Italy
2
New Zealand
2
Norway
2
Papua New Guinea
2
United Kingdom
101 Recent Comments
+21
Level 65
May 31, 2016
Very surprised at some. Some close calls that I found were USA (Big Island -10,434 km2 and Kodiak Island - 9,310 km2), Denmark (Greenland - 2,130,800 km2 and Qeqertarsuaq (Disko) - 8,612 km2), and Chile (Isla Grande Tierra del Fuego - 47,401 km2 and Chiloe - 8,478).

Really makes the American inside me have to learn the metric system :P

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Level 71
Mar 2, 2018
Yeah, I'm sure you would have fared *much* better, had the clues been in miles instead of km... ;)
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Level 89
Jun 30, 2018
Divide by 2½.
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Level 57
Jun 10, 2020
It’s in square kilometers, not kilometers (distance)
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Level 72
Apr 7, 2021
And that is why they said divide by 2 and a half, which is roughly correct
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Level 74
May 3, 2021
Also France is a near miss with Grande Terre (New Caledonia) at16,372 km2 and Corsica at 8741 km2.
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Level 66
Apr 17, 2023
It's strict not to consider Guadeloupe as one big island.
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Level 55
May 31, 2016
China? I know Taiwan is separate and Hong Kong is as well but don't we consider them part of China???
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Level 41
Nov 12, 2016
no, jetpunk doesn't consider Taiwan separate (it's complicated, consider looking up the history of the Republic of China), and i dont think Hong Kong is big enough
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Level 66
Dec 11, 2018
Jetpunk very definitely does consider Taiwan an independent country. Check the Countries of the World quiz.
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Level 62
Feb 23, 2017
Sure, you can consider them part of China if you feel like starting a war
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Level 81
Dec 11, 2018
Besides which, the next largest would be Hainan at 32,900 sq km.
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Level 55
Sep 16, 2020
No, Jetpunk undoubtedly considers Taiwan to be its own country. Most, if not all of the quizzes on here include Taiwan as a separate country from China.
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Level 47
May 31, 2016
I forgot the most obvious one: the UK :D
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Level 60
Aug 15, 2021
I doubt that is the most obvious one
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Level 32
May 31, 2016
The UK has 3; Britain, Ireland and The Falklands.
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Level 68
May 31, 2016
Falkland Islands are 4,170 sq Km.
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Level 62
Feb 23, 2017
I think he's just trying to start a war
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Level 59
May 31, 2016
lol
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Level 68
Dec 11, 2018
lol
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Level 64
Dec 11, 2018
maybe cyprus??
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Level 26
Jan 7, 2023
Thats one island
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Level 33
Aug 14, 2021
Falklands are disputed
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Level 55
Mar 18, 2024
By whom? Argentina? Certainly not by the Falklanders themselves.
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Level 60
Aug 15, 2021
Falklands are an archipelago
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Level 60
Aug 15, 2021
Falklands are an archipelago
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Level 69
Oct 19, 2022
I'm sorry, could you repeat that one more time?
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Level 37
Mar 18, 2024
Falklands are an archipelago
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Level 63
May 31, 2016
Doesn't Hawaii count?
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Level 72
May 31, 2016
Sadly, the Big Island is the only one that is bigger than 10,000 km². Puerto Rico (and some islands in Alaska I guess) miss the cut by less than 1,000 km²
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Level 66
May 31, 2016
Nice one!
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Level 65
May 31, 2016
Denmark? Zealand and Greenland
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Level 60
Aug 15, 2021
Zealand isn’t big enough. Have you ever seen denmark on the world map, then compared it to say, Sicily?
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Level 57
May 31, 2016
What's the name of PNG's 2nd island?
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Level 49
Jun 1, 2016
New Britain
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Level 89
Jun 30, 2018
Near Hartford?
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Level 69
May 24, 2019
I never realised papua new guinea had another island than the one it shares.... It is nice to learn something new ! the last time was a few months ago when I first got on this site, on the countries of the world quiz, embarrassed to say, some of the countries were new to me.. But I have remembered all of them since :)
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Level 52
May 31, 2016
Denmark had greenland and iceland
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Level 60
Jul 29, 2020
Sure. And Kingdom of Jerusalem holds the Holy Land. Get out from that time machine of yours and give the technology to the world finally.
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Level 60
Aug 15, 2021
Denmark does NOT own Iceland
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Level 55
Mar 18, 2024
Yes, at least when it comes to football, Denmark does still OWN iceland... record of 20 wins, 3 draws, no losses:

https://www.11v11.com/teams/iceland/tab/opposingTeams/opposition/Denmark/

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Level 85
Jun 1, 2016
Dang it. I always forget Papua.
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Level 40
Jul 2, 2016
Good quiz really made me think but maybe too much time given
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Level 39
Dec 21, 2016
I was surprised not to see France (Corsica) on this list.
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Level 60
Jul 29, 2020
Yep. Really surprising not to see country with ONE island on a list of countries with MULTIPLE islands.
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Level 67
Apr 7, 2021
The main island of New Caledonia is the only one over 10,000 km2 (16,000+). Corsica is 8,000+ and the biggest of the Kerguelen islands is 6,000+. The others, including french departments, all are less than 3,000.
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Level 64
Feb 21, 2017
Brazil you dog! Not today!

100%!!!!!!!!

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Level 63
Apr 28, 2017
Quite good.
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Level 65
Sep 22, 2017
Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis have the two main islands in their name?
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Level 62
Sep 5, 2020
Those islands aren't even close to being over 10,000km² big
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Level 44
Mar 9, 2018
facepalm I forgot Japan lol
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Level 43
Dec 11, 2018
hell Norway
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Level 45
Dec 11, 2018
You should add Denmark, it has Greenland and Svalbard
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Level 47
Dec 11, 2018
Svalbard is Norwegian.
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Level 72
Dec 11, 2018
And Svalbard is not an island it's an archipelago
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Level 60
Aug 15, 2021
I think svalbard is reason Norway is here. And Greenland would be the only one for Denmark.
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Level 37
Dec 12, 2018
Gah!! 9/10 Spelled Papua New Guinea wrong. =(
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Level 60
Jun 25, 2019
Just type PNG
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Level 60
Jul 29, 2020
The day I learned you can do that changed my life forever. :-D Sad to admit it wasn't that long time ago.
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Level 35
Dec 14, 2018
I don't know why, I forget about the existence of the Philippines in every quiz!
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Level 50
Dec 20, 2018
I appreciate questions like this might start wars, but why is it OK to include all of Ireland as part of the UK, and not any of Taiwan as part of China? And why do none of the Antarctic claims count? Its almost as though some quizzes need to explain the political position of the quizmaster in order to eliminate the red herrings.
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Level 59
Jan 3, 2019
"Includes islands shared with other countries"

The UK has Northern Ireland, while China doesn't have any portion of Taiwan. And for Antarctica, there is a treaty that doesn't recognize any claim on the continent. And it's a continent, not an island, so it doesn't matter here anyway.

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Level 49
Sep 26, 2020
you could argue that under the ice, the actual land is divided between one big continental mass and many islands
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Level 69
May 24, 2019
All of ireland isnt include as part of the uk, just northern ireland, which actually IS part of the uk ( united kingdom)
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Level 75
Jun 25, 2019
Quiz 9 / 10, comments 10 / 10
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Level 79
Jun 25, 2019
I was somehow expecting Denmark and Greece.
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Level 40
Oct 26, 2019
10/11 didnt get italy somehow
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Level 45
Apr 9, 2020
Love it; great quiz
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Level 70
Apr 10, 2020
Thanks!!!
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Level 57
Apr 21, 2020
I get that Australia isn't considered an island and all but the reasoning doesn't make sense to me. Basically Australia isn't considered an Islands because it's as large as a continent. However even if the Suez and Panama canals are considered (which are man made) Eurasia counts as it is a connected land mass. Based off that Australia would be smaller than every other continent including Antarctica. Therefore the argument to not classify Australia as an island doesn't make sense, as it is all based off the idea that 2 connected landmasses aren't considered 1 continent.
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Level 60
Jul 29, 2020
Every other continent has a mainland and adjacent islands. Why should Australia (Oceania) be comprised only of islands? Why would it even be called a continent then?
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Level 49
Sep 26, 2020
well, i once saw the argument that australia is the smallest landmass with many different natural areas(idk the word, like desert and forest etc)
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Level 71
Jul 18, 2023
First off: "continents" are a convenient convention, how many continents there are varies around the world and only even started in order to distinguish three shorelines of the Mediterranean from each other. There's no set of "rules" which will "make sense" to everyone because at some point, it comes down to arbitrary judgement calls and what people think "feels" right. But it's for sure the case that (for example), we consider North American and South America to be distinct continents, and that's certainly not universal around the world.

The main reason that people who don't consider Australia to be an island think that way is that we would like to consider it to be part of a continent, along with Oceania--in order to make things neat and tidy, not in order to elucidate some deep geographical truth. Each continent has a main land mass which isn't, on its own considered an island. For Oceania, Australia is that land mass.

That's really it: convenience in grouping.

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Level 36
Jun 10, 2020
100%!! Woohoo
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Level 65
Oct 2, 2020
Brazil is a tricky one. Bananal is not much known even between the average Brazilians. Is an island formed by Javaés and Araguaia rivers (world's biggest fluvial island also), in the transition between amazon rainforest and the Brazilian savannah (cerrado).
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Level 38
Mar 22, 2021
i think instead of 2 for UK, make it 1 and 1/4
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Level 71
Apr 7, 2021
Do overseas territories count or not?
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Level 68
Apr 7, 2021
No difference in the list if they do count or not.
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Level 55
Apr 7, 2021
Austrailia still has Tazmania, so its an island not on the mainland.
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Level 68
May 10, 2021
It doesn't have two or more.
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Level 56
Apr 17, 2023
Tazmania? Or do you mean Tasmania?
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Level 39
Apr 7, 2021
It was all going fine until I have one left.... After mentally picturing a map for ages, eventually had to give up. Darn Brazil! Wouldn't have thought of it in a million years.
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Level 69
Apr 8, 2021
I had no idea Brazil even had any islands to speak of!
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Level 59
Apr 8, 2021
Fooling around in Africa with one left, and I realize, duh, New Zealand! *facepalm*
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Level 23
Apr 8, 2021
Missed Italy and Norway *facepalm* can't believe it
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Level 56
Apr 8, 2021
any of you guys from China?
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Level 56
Apr 8, 2021
cos then that would explain why so many people say Taiwan is part of China even though it is not.
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Level 55
Apr 11, 2021
Why did I think Sweden would be on this list?
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Level 45
Oct 22, 2021
because it has a crap ton of islands but that are tiny
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Level 45
Oct 22, 2021
HOW DID I FORGET CANADA
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Level 53
Jan 7, 2022
terrible quiz
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Level 70
Jan 8, 2022
How so?
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Level 61
Apr 17, 2023
I seriously did that on my old account lol.
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Level 34
Jan 13, 2022
BRUH I MISSED ITALY
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Level 67
Feb 1, 2023
Just missed New Zealand
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Level 60
Apr 17, 2023
Australia technically has the third largest river island after Marajó and Bananal (the two islands putting Brazil in this list).

The island is formed by the Billabong, Edward and Murrumbidgee river systems. If that island is counted, then Australia should be in this list.

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Level 68
Apr 23, 2023
What is the name of that island, how big is it, and where can we find the source?
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Level 67
Apr 18, 2023
1:16
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Level 31
May 25, 2023
I thought for two minutes and the one I missed was russia 😭
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Level 18
Sep 10, 2023
Sorry to burst anyone's bubble, But Australia is a Country, Island AND Continent so it should be included.
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Level 19
Mar 18, 2024
I think I'm blind because why do i just put brazil as a joke and it worked. I even have the world map in front of me and i dont see any brazilian island