List of the largest country subdivisions by area

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This is a list of the 50 largest country subdivisions and dependent territories by area (including surface water) in square kilometres.

List of the 50 largest country subdivisions by area[edit]

Largest country subdivisions by area
Rank Subdivision flag Subdivision name Capital
(and largest city if different)
Country Area (km2) Population Rank in country Population density
(people per km2)
1 Flag of Sakha.svg Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Yakutsk  Russia 3,083,523 990,538[1] 1 0.32
2 Flag of Western Australia.svg State of Western Australia Perth  Australia 2,642,753 2,685,165[2] 1 1
3 Flag of Krasnoyarsk Krai.svg Krasnoyarsk Krai Krasnoyarsk  Russia 2,366,797[3] 2,846,565[1] 2 1.2
4 Flag of Greenland.svg Greenland Nuuk Kingdom of Denmark 2,166,086[4][5] 56,081[6] 1 0.028
5 Flag of Nunavut.svg Territory of Nunavut Iqaluit  Canada 2,038,722 39,589[7] 1 0.02
6 Flag of Queensland.svg State of Queensland Brisbane  Australia 1,851,736 5,240,520[2] 2 2.83
7 Flag of Alaska.svg State of Alaska Juneau
(Largest city: Anchorage)
 United States 1,717,854 733,391[8] 1 0.42
8 N/A Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Ürümqi  China 1,664,897 25,852,345[9] 1 15.5
9 Bandeira do Amazonas.svg State of Amazonas Manaus  Brazil 1,559,167 4,269,995[10] 1 2.73
10 Flag of Quebec.svg Province of Quebec Quebec City

(Largest city: Montreal)

 Canada 1,542,056 8,631,147[7] 2 6.23
11 Flag of the Northern Territory.svg Northern Territory Darwin  Australia 1,419,630 245,865[2] 3 0.17
12 Flag of the Northwest Territories.svg Northwest Territories Yellowknife  Canada 1,346,106[11] 45,515[7] 3 0.03
13 Bandeira do Pará.svg State of Pará Belém  Brazil 1,245,870 8,777,124[12] 2 7.04
14 N/A Tibet Autonomous Region Lhasa  China 1,228,400 3,648,100[9] 2 2.96
15 N/A Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Hohhot

(Largest city: Baotou)

 China 1,183,000 24,049,155[9] 3 20.3
16 Flag of Ontario.svg Province of Ontario Toronto  Canada 1,076,395 14,915,270[7] 4 15.94
17 Flag of South Australia.svg State of South Australia Adelaide  Australia 1,044,353 1,772,787[2] 4 1.7
18 Flag of British Columbia.svg Province of British Columbia Victoria

(Largest city: Vancouver)

 Canada 944,735 5,249,635[7] 5 5.41
19 Bandeira de Mato Grosso.svg State of Mato Grosso Cuiabá  Brazil 903,207 3,567,234[13] 3 3.94
20 Flag of New South Wales.svg State of New South Wales Sydney  Australia 809,952 8,186,789[2] 5 10.1
21 Flag of Khabarovsk Krai.svg Khabarovsk Krai Khabarovsk  Russia 787,633 1,298,233[1] 3 1.65
22 Flag of Irkutsk Oblast.svg Irkutsk Oblast Irkutsk  Russia 774,876 2,356,542[1] 4 3.04
23 Flag of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District.svg Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Salekhard

(Largest city: Noyabrsk)

 Russia 769,250[14] 552,788[1] 5 0.72
24 Flag of Chukotka.svg Chukotka Autonomous Okrug Anadyr  Russia 721,481 50,294[1] 6 0.07
25 N/A Qinghai Province Xining  China 721,000 5,923,957[9] 4 8.2
26 Flag of Texas.svg State of Texas Austin

(Largest city: Houston)

 United States 696,241 29,145,505[8] 2 41.86
27 N/A Eastern Province Dammam  Saudi Arabia 672,522 5,148,598[15] 1 7.65
28 N/A Agadez Region Agadez  Niger 667,799 566,447 1 0.85
29 Flag of Alberta.svg Province of Alberta Edmonton

(Largest city: Calgary)

 Canada 661,848 4,464,170[7] 6 6.66
30 Flag of Saskatchewan.svg Province of Saskatchewan Regina

(Largest city: Saskatoon)

 Canada 651,900 1,180,867[7] 7 1.91
31 Flag of Manitoba.svg Province of Manitoba Winnipeg  Canada 649,950 1,386,333[7] 8 2.13
32 Flag of Arkhangelsk Oblast.svg Arkhangelsk Oblast[16] Arkhangelsk  Russia 589,913 1,113,155[1] 7 1.89
33 Bandeira de Minas Gerais.svg State of Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte  Brazil 586,514 21,411,923[17] 4 36.5
34 Bandeira da Bahia.svg State of Bahia Salvador  Brazil 564,760 14,985,284[18] 5 26.5
35 N/A Tamanrasset Province Tamanrasset  Algeria 556,200[19] 204,540[20][21] 1 0.34
36 Flag of Yugra.svg Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug Khanty-Mansiysk

(Largest city: Surgut)

 Russia 534,801[14] 1,702,452[1] 8 3.18
37 N/A Tombouctou Region Timbuktu  Mali 496,611 681,691[22] 1 1.4
38 N/A Sichuan Province Chengdu  China 485,000 83,674,866[9] 5 172.5
39 Flag of Yukon.svg Yukon Territory Whitehorse  Canada 482,443 43,095[7] 9 0.08
40 N/A Kufra District Al Jawf  Libya 479,160[19] 50,104[23] 1 0.1
41 Flag of Kamchatka Krai.svg Kamchatka Krai Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky  Russia 464,275 312,337[1] 9 0.67
42 Flag of Magadan Oblast.svg Magadan Oblast Magadan  Russia 462,464 137,529[1] 10 0.3
43 N/A Heilongjiang Province Harbin  China 460,000 31,850,088[9] 6 69.2
44 N/A Gansu Province Lanzhou  China 454,000 25,019,831[9] 7 55.1
45 Old Flag of New Valley Governorate, Egypt.svg New Valley Governorate Kharga  Egypt 440,098 256,088[24][25] 1 0.58
46 Flag of Zabaykalsky Krai.svg Zabaykalsky Krai Chita  Russia 431,892 1,042,993[1] 11 2.41
47 Flag of Karagandy Oblast.svg Karaganda Region Karaganda  Kazakhstan 427,982 1,378,863[26] 1 3.2
48 N/A Adrar Province Adrar  Algeria 424,948 402,197[20] 2 0.95
49 Flag of California.svg State of California Sacramento

(Largest city: Los Angeles)

United States United States 423,967 39,538,223[8] 3 93.2
50 Flag of Komi 1991.svg Komi Republic Syktyvkar Russia Russia 416,774 803,208[1] 12 1.93
Area in square kilometers Number of country subdivisions
2,000,000+ 5
1,500,000–1,999,999 5
1,000,000–1,499,999 7
500,000–999,999 19
415,900–499,999 14
Total 50
Country Number of subdivisions
Russia 12
Canada 9
China 7
Australia and Brazil 5
United States 3
Algeria 2
Denmark, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Libya, Mali, Niger, and Saudi Arabia 1
Total 50

Second-level list[edit]

Second-level divisions are those under first level (provinces, regions, and states etc.) and they are cities, counties or districts, but the names vary by country.

Largest country subdivisions by area
Rank Subdivision flag Subdivision name Capital Subdivision Country Area (km2) Population Rank in country Rank in subdivision
1 none Qikiqtaaluk Region Iqaluit Nunavut Nunavut Canada Canada 989,879.35 18,988 1 1
2 none Northeast Greenland National Park Unincorporated Areas Greenland Greenland[4] Danish Realm Kingdom of Denmark 972,000 No permanent population 1 1
3 Flag of Taymyr Autonomous Okrug.svg Taymyrsky Dolgano-Nenetsky District Dudinka Krasnoyarsk Krai Krasnoyarsk Krai Russia Russia 897,900 34,432 1 1
4 Flag of Evenkia.svg Evenkiysky District Tura Krasnoyarsk Krai Krasnoyarsk Krai Russia Russia 763,200 16,253 2 2
5 none Nord-du-Québec No seat Quebec Quebec Canada Canada 747,191.93 44,561 2 1
6 none Outback Communities Authority Port Augusta, Andamooka South Australia South Australia Australia Australia 624,339 3,524 1 1
7 none Al-Ahsa Governorate Al-Hofuf Eastern Province Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 534,000 1,063,112 1 1
8 none Sermersooq Nuuk Greenland Greenland[4] Danish Realm Kingdom of Denmark 531,900 23,123 2 2
9 none Avannaata Ilulissat Greenland Greenland[4] Danish Realm Kingdom of Denmark 522,700 10,726 3 3
10 Flag of Yukon.svg Yukon Territory[27] Whitehorse Yukon Yukon Canada Canada 482,443 41,293 3 1
11 none Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture Korla Xinjiang  China 472,472.1 1,278,486 1 1
12 none Nagqu Prefecture-level City Nagqu Tibet China China 450,537 462,382 2 1
13 none Kivalliq Region Rankin Inlet Nunavut Nunavut Canada Canada 444,621.71 10,413 4 2
14 none Kitikmeot Region Cambridge Bay Nunavut Nunavut Canada Canada 443,277.47 6,543 5 3
15 none Kenora District Kenora Ontario Ontario Canada Canada 407,213.01 65,533 6 1
16 none Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area No seat Alaska Alaska United States United States 382,810 5,230 1 1
17 none Shire of East Pilbara Newman Western Australia Western Australia Australia Australia 379,571 10,591 2 1
18 none Timbuktu Cercle Timbuktu Tombouctou Region Mali Mali 347,488 124,546 1 1
19 none Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture Delingha Qinghai China China 325,785 489,338 3 1
20 none Barkly Region Tennant Creek Northern Territory Northern Territory Australia Australia 322,713 7,392 3 1
21 Flag of Olenyoksky District.svg Olenyoksky District Olenyok Yakutia Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Russia Russia 318,000 4,127 3 1
22 none Ngari Prefecture Shiquanhe Tibet China China 304,683 95,465 4 2
23 none Côte-Nord Baie-Comeau Quebec Quebec Canada Canada 300,281.83 92,518 7 2
24 none Bilma Department Bilma Agadez Region Niger Niger 296,279 17,935 1 1
25 Anadyrsky District Flag.png Anadyrsky District Anadyr Chukotka Autonomous Okrug Chukotka Autonomous Okrug Russia Russia 287,900 8,079 4 1
26 none Central Desert Region Alice Springs Northern Territory Northern Territory Australia Australia 281,312 4,208 4 2
27 none Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture Yining Xinjiang China China 268,778 [28] 4,582,500 [28] 5 2
28 none MacDonnell Region Alice Springs Northern Territory Northern Territory Australia Australia 268,329 6,863 5 3
29 none Alxa League Alxa Left Banner Inner Mongolia China China 267,574 231,334 6 1
30 none Hulunbuir Prefecture-level City Hailar District Inner Mongolia China China 263,953 2,549,278 7 2
31 none Hotan Prefecture Hotan Xinjiang China China 247,800 2,014,362 8 3
32 none North Slope Borough, Alaska Utqiaġvik Alaska Alaska United States United States 245,520 9,430 2 2
33 Flag of Bulunsky District.svg Bulunsky District Tiksi Yakutia Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Russia Russia 223,600 9,054 5 2
34 none Arlit Department Arlit Agadez Region Niger Niger 216,744 105,025 2 1
35 none Xilingol League Xilinhot Inner Mongolia China China 211,866 1,028,022 8 3
36 Flag of Turukhansky rayon (Krasnoyarsk krai).png Turukhansky District Turukhansk Krasnoyarsk Krai Krasnoyarsk Krai Russia Russia 211,189 18,708 6 3
37 none Division No. 10, Newfoundland and Labrador Labrador City,

Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador Canada Canada 199,703.36 24,639 8 1
38 none Jiuquan Prefecture-level City Suzhou District Gansu China China 191,342 1,095,947 9 1
39 none Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture Gyêgu Tibet China China 188,794 378,439 10 3
40 none Roper Gulf Region Katherine Northern Territory Northern Territory Australia Australia 185,210 7,397 6 4
41 none Shire of Wiluna Wiluna Western Australia Western Australia Australia Australia 182,155.8 742 7 2
42 none Shigatse Prefecture-level City Samzhubzê District Tibet China China 182,000 703,292 11 4
43 none Shire of Laverton Laverton Western Australia Western Australia Australia Australia 179,797.8 1153 8 3
44 none Bilibinsky District Bilibino Chukotka Autonomous Okrug Chukotka Autonomous Okrug Russia Russia 174,652 7,866 7 2
45 Flag of Tazovsky rayon (Yamal Nenetsia).svg Tazovsky District Tazovsky Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Russia Russia 174,343.92 16,537 8 1
46 Flag of Zapolyarny rayon (Nenetsia).svg Zapolyarny District Iskateley Nenets Autonomous Okrug Nenets Autonomous Okrug Russia Russia 170,000 20,432 9 1
47 Flag of Ayano-Maysky rayon (Khabarovsk kray).png Ayano-Maysky District Ayan Khabarovsk Krai Khabarovsk Krai Russia Russia 167,200 2,292 10 1
48 Flag of Mirninsky rayon (Yakutia).png Mirninsky District Mirny Yakutia Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Russia Russia 165,800 38,802 11 3
49 Flag of Olyokminsky rayon (Yakutia).png Olyokminsky District Olyokminsk Yakutia Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Russia Russia 160,800 26,785 12 4
50 none Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku Warburton Western Australia Western Australia Australia Australia 160,732.9 1,606 9 4

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Federal State Statistics Service (January 30, 2022). ""Оценка численности постоянного населения по субъектам Российской Федерации"".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e "National, state and territory population, September 2021 | Australian Bureau of Statistics". www.abs.gov.au. 2022-03-17. Retrieved 2022-03-27.
  3. ^ Includes the 897,900 km2 Taymyrsky Dolgano-Nenetsky District
  4. ^ a b c d Greenland is a subdivision of the Kingdom of Denmark; it is uncertain whether Greenland is better classified as a sovereign state subdivision or as a country in its own right.
  5. ^ If Greenland would be listed as a country its two largest municipalities (Sermersooq and Avannaata) should both be listed as numbers 35 and 37 with areas of 531,900 and 522,700 km2 respectively, being then the first order subdivision
  6. ^ Statistical Greenland. ""Population and Population Growth 1901-2020"". Retrieved March 27, 2022.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (2022-03-17). "Population estimates, quarterly". www150.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2022-03-26.
  8. ^ a b c United States Census Bureau. ""Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2010 to April 1, 2020"" (PDF).
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Main Data of the Seventh National Population Census". www.stats.gov.cn. Retrieved 2022-03-26.
  10. ^ "Amazonas | Cidades e Estados | IBGE". www.ibge.gov.br. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  11. ^ The area of the Northwest Territories in Canada was 3,439,296 km2, making it the world's largest subdivision, until 1999, when the territory of Nunavut was split off from the Northwest Territories.
  12. ^ "Pará | Cidades e Estados | IBGE". www.ibge.gov.br. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  13. ^ "Mato Grosso | Cidades e Estados | IBGE". www.ibge.gov.br. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  14. ^ a b The Tyumen Oblast contains the Khanty–Mansi and the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrugs, but all three are considered to be federal subjects of Russia. The total area for the oblast (with autonomous okrugs included) is 1,433,270 km2.
  15. ^ General Authority for Statistics (Saudi Arabia). ""السكان في المنطقة الشرقية حسب الجنس وفئات العمر والجنسية (سعوديون / غير سعوديين)" (in Arabic)".
  16. ^ Including Nenets Autonomous Okrug
  17. ^ "Minas Gerais | Cidades e Estados | IBGE". www.ibge.gov.br. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  18. ^ "Bahia | Cidades e Estados | IBGE". www.ibge.gov.br. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  19. ^ a b These figures cannot be verified by their Wikipedia page.
  20. ^ a b as of 2008
  21. ^ "Office National des Statistiques, Recensement General de la Population et de l'Habitat 2008". 2008-07-24. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  22. ^ as of 2009
  23. ^ as of 2006
  24. ^ "الجهاز المركزي للتعبئة العامة والإحصاء". www.capmas.gov.eg. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  25. ^ "Egypt: Governorates, Major Cities & Towns - Population Statistics, Maps, Charts, Weather and Web Information". citypopulation.de. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  26. ^ "Численность населения Республики Казахстан по полу в разрезе областей, городов, районов и районных центров и поселков".
  27. ^ Yukon Territory has no census divisions, so the entire territory is counted as a single census division.
  28. ^ a b Includes Tacheng and Altay prefectures, both under its administration.

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