Longest Coastlines in the World

The 10 Countries in the World With the Longest Coastlines

Coast Line
Empty road on coastline. James O'Neil Creative #: 563374595 Getty

There are just under 200 independent countries in the world today. Each of them significantly varies culturally, politically, and geographically. Some of them are very large in area, such as Canada or Russia, while others are very small, like Monaco. More importantly, some of the world's countries are landlocked and others have very long coastlines that have enabled some of them to become powerful across the globe.

The following is a list of the world's countries with the longest coastlines. The top 10 have been included from longest to shortest.

1) Canada
Length: 125,567 miles (202,080 km)

2) Indonesia
Length: 33,998 miles (54,716 km)

3) Russia
Length: 23,397 miles (37,65 km)

4) The Philippines
Length: 22,549 miles (36,289 km)

5) Japan
Length: 18,486 miles (29,751 km)

6) Australia
Length: 16,006 miles (25,760 km)

7) Norway
Length: 15,626 miles (25,148 km)

8) United States
Length: 12,380 miles (19,924 km)

9) New Zealand
Length: 9,404 miles (15,134 km)

10) China
Length: 9,010 miles (14,500 km)


Wikipedia.org. (20 September 2011). List of Countries by Length of Coastline - Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_length_of_coastline