For a few centuries now we divide the world in to
continents and islands. There is no exact definition though what criteria’s
must be met in order to qualify as a continent. It is widely accepted that the
world is divided in to seven continents. Ranked by size we have Asia, Africa,
North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe and Australia. All other
landmasses are considered islands. Based on this categorisation the largest
island in the world is Greenland.
With an area of 2.1 million square kilometres Greenland
is by far the largest island in the world.
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It is almost three times the size of New Guinea which is
ranked second with an area of around 780,000 square kilometres. Third place
in the list of the biggest countries of the world takes Borneo with 748,000 square kilometres. The most populous island of the
world is the Indonesian island Java. 135 million people live on the island.
That is seven times more than the population of the continent Australia.
If one doesn’t distinguish between islands and continents
Afro-Eurasia would be the biggest landmass in earth surrounded by water. It covers an
area of almost 85 million square kilometres. In this ranking the Americas come
second, Antarctica third and Australia fourth.