According to the UN, an island is classified as a
"natural landmass surrounded by water, which is above
the water surface". Greenland, New Guinea, Borneo,
Madagascar and Baffin Island (north of Canada) are the
largest islands in the world. The world's smallest
island is aptly called "Just enough island". Countryaah
has listed the countries with the most islands in the
world. We start at the bottom of the list.
Thailand, 1,430 islands
In eleventh place, the Swedes' favorite
destination. That there are many beautiful islands in
Thailand is nothing new. But probably fewer than you
think, compared to the rest of the world. Thailand has
1,430 islands, both in the Gulf of Thailand and the
10. Greece, 6,000 islands
The number of inhabited islands out of a total of
6,000 in the country known for their fine boating is
between 166 and 227. The islands are divided into
clusters: the Ionian Islands, the Saronic Islands, the
Sporades, the Northeast Aegean Islands, the Dodecanese
Islands and the Cyclades. Crete is the largest island
and is not part of these clusters.
9. England, 6,289 islands
England itself is an island in the archipelago of
Great Britain, the largest of the British Isles, the
largest European island and the ninth largest island in
the world. But in addition, the country has well over
6,000 islands, more specifically 6,289. Jersey, the Isle
of Wight, the Isle of Man, and the Isles of Scilly are
8. Japan, 6,853 islands
Of Japan's total 6,853 islands, around 430 are
inhabited. The three largest islands are Honshu,
Hokkaido and Kyushu.
7. Philippines, 7,107 islands
The Philippine archipelago is the epitome of paradise
and a given destination for diving enthusiasts. There
are 7,107 islands of varying sizes, often with swaying
palm trees, crystal clear turquoise water and powdery
sand. Over 5,000 of the islands are still unnamed.
6. Australia, 8,222 islands
The country "down under" boasts 8,222 islands, of
which Tasmania, Melville island and Kangaroo island are
the three largest.
5. Indonesia, 17,508 islands
The Indonesian archipelago consists of 17,508
islands, of which the three largest islands are New
Guinea, Borneo and Sumatra.
4. Canada, 52,455 islands
Canada is one of the world's most sparsely populated
countries. However, there are plenty of islands. Canada
comes in fourth place and can list over 50,000 islands
scattered across the Atlantic and Pacific.
3. Norway, 55,000 islands
The nature in Norway is characterized by fjords,
glaciers and 55,000 islands. The three largest islands
are Spitsbergen, Nordaustlandet (Svalbard) and Edgeøya (Svalbard).
2. Finland, 188,000 islands
"A thousand lakes land" can also boast several
thousand islands, including Åland, Karlö and Ålörunt. Around
300 of the islands are located in the beautiful Helsinki
1. Sweden, 221,800 islands
In the Kingdom of Sweden, there are many different
archipelago areas, not only on the coasts but also in
lakes. In the Gulf of Bothnia archipelago, for example,
there are over 4,000 islands and 30,000 in the Stockholm
archipelago. Other large archipelagos are found in
Gothenburg, Bohuslän, Blekinge, Luleå, Sundsvall,
Fjällbacka and Oskarshamn. Together, all these
archipelagos, including our largest islands such as
Öland, Gotland, Södertörn, Orust, Hisingen and Värmdö
make Sweden a superior winner in the number of islands
in the world.