Top 10 European Countries by Coastline

Name the countries that have the longest coastlines in the continent of Europe.
Estimated coastline within Europe only. Includes marginal seas such as the Mediterranean.
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Last updated: April 18, 2019
First submittedApril 26, 2016
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Kilometers
Country
27,400
Norway
20,200
Russia
12,100
United Kingdom
9,480
Greece
6,520
Sweden
Kilometers
Country
6,020
Italy
5,200
Iceland
5,100
Denmark
4,810
France
4,190
Finland
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Level ∞
Apr 18, 2019
Redid the quiz to use our new and better source, but with some modifications to remove non-European coastlines.
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Level 76
Apr 18, 2019
Croatia got the short end of the stick from that new source.
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Level 59
Apr 19, 2019
Is Iceland on the European continent?
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Level ∞
Apr 19, 2019
They are IN the continent of Europe.
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Level 74
Mar 2, 2021
They are a European island, much like Cyprus is an Asian one...
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Level 66
Jan 10, 2022
Cyprus might be Asian on this site, but it's a European country (hence its entry into the European Union, among other things).
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Level 56
Jan 10, 2022
Tectonic plates don’t define continents. Continents are made-up boundaries.
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Level 62
Sep 30, 2020
No. Neither is the UK, Ireland or Malta.
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Level 55
May 13, 2021
what
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Level 50
Jan 10, 2022
Strictly speaking, no islands are ON the European continent, but many (including Iceland) are considered part of Europe as A continent.
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Level 60
Feb 10, 2022
It's usually considered to be in the European Continent, while some might say that its not entirely in the European Continent, because it is located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
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Level 83
Apr 19, 2019
yeah what happened to Croatia? Must be a very different way of figuring. They used to be top 20 in the world and now they're not even top 10 in Europe.
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Level 59
Apr 25, 2019
Unfortunately, the coastline paradox makes it so that no answer is truly the right one.
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Level 60
Jan 10, 2022
True. But you would be crazy to suggest that Singapore has anything but a lot less of a coastline that the USA.
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Level 74
Apr 30, 2019
Croatia?
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Level 50
Jan 29, 2021
Smol.
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Level 20
Jun 2, 2019
Really expected Spain to be on this list.
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Level 65
Jun 11, 2019
The lack of significant fjords seems to hurt. Also, there's a large portion of coastline taken by Portugal
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Level 20
Jun 3, 2020
same
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Level 25
Jan 22, 2021
if you check the source, it does list Spain above Finland
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Level 55
Jan 11, 2022
That uses all of Spain’s coastline though, such as the Canary Islands, whereas this quiz only includes European Spain, which puts it below Finland
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Level 24
Jun 11, 2019
Coastline paradox
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Level 70
Jun 11, 2019
"Name the countries that have the largest coastline in the continent of Europe." Longest, surely?
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Level ∞
Jun 12, 2019
Yes, of course. Fixed.
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Level 40
Dec 26, 2019
Why isn't there Canada???
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Level 43
Jan 5, 2020
This is Europe, Canadá is from North America
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Level 48
Jan 14, 2020
Croatia?
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Level 20
Jun 3, 2020
all but russia :(
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Level 60
Jun 17, 2020
how is croatia or ireland not on this list?
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Level 49
Dec 22, 2021
They are too small to have such a longer coastline than others to be on the top 10 list.
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Level 46
Jul 15, 2020
like everybody suprised about the lack of croatia on this list, croatias claim to fame
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Level 84
Oct 21, 2020
Can anyone explain how Norway has a longer coastline than Russia?
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Level 72
Oct 21, 2020
Fjords. The new source also only takes the European part of Russia's coastline.
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Level 57
Oct 21, 2020
Norway actually has the second longest in the world due to fjord, only behind Canada.
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Level 57
Feb 28, 2021
We have 1190 fjords
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Level 42
Jun 2, 2021
it's a fjord fiesta
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Level 53
Nov 26, 2020
but... Coastline paradox
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Level 55
Dec 3, 2020
Spain has a longer coastline than France within Europe is the Belaric sea the culprit?
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Level 44
Jan 26, 2021
As a Swede im offended. The total length of our coast is 48000 km if islands are counted. But i guess its hard to obtain exact measurements for all countries.
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Level 44
Jan 26, 2021
Ok, im not really offended
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Level 46
Mar 8, 2021
Spain??? 4964 km according to my source.
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Level 41
Mar 11, 2021
not trying to brag but i got 10/10 with 0:49 left
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Level 74
Mar 31, 2021
0:51 left.
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Level 45
May 24, 2021
How on earth did I forget Russia?
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Level 45
Jun 6, 2021
I never remember Russia, because in my mind it's part of Asia not Europe...
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Level 33
Jul 28, 2021
HOW ON EARTH DID I FORGET ABOUT PIZZA BOI
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Level 59
Jan 10, 2022
!!!
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Level 59
Aug 14, 2021
Got Iceland with 4 seconds remaining
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Level 49
Dec 22, 2021
The source shows that Spain has a coastline of 5010 KM? So it must be in top, right?
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Level 69
Jan 10, 2022
when in the caveats it says ‘coastline within europe only’ is that including greenland?
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Level 27
Jan 11, 2022
No, Greenland is in North America
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Level 36
Jan 10, 2022
Nice but you forgot Spain, obviously it has Canary Islands and It was at Iberian Peninsula,
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Level 57
Jan 10, 2022
Full set with 1.01min remaining.
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Level 37
Jan 10, 2022
Too easy
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Level 36
Feb 10, 2022
jojo mysli si cype
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Level 69
Jan 10, 2022
Coastline paradox = this is necessarily not entirely objective. Still got them all anyway, so maybe there is some shared subjectivity. :)
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Level 81
Jan 10, 2022
Iceland appears to include the North American portion of the coastline.
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Level 65
Jan 10, 2022
Iceland is in Europe.
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Level 55
Jan 10, 2022
when has iceland ever been considered to be in north america, and how could an island be in both continents?
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Level 74
Feb 10, 2022
If you take plates as the deciding factor for continents, an island like Iceland, that sits on two plates, could be seen as belonging to two continents.
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Level 43
Feb 10, 2022
But plates don't necessarily define which continent a country belong to.
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Level 36
Feb 10, 2022
Ukraine and black sea?
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Level 43
Feb 10, 2022
Croatia has more than 6000 km?!
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Level 51
Feb 14, 2022
there is no way italy has less than greece, spain isnt here, and russia isnt #1. European part of russia isnt russia, european countries has russia so it should count all of russia.