Largest Islands in the World That are Tremendously Giant

Greenland is the largest island in the world
Ever wondered which are the largest islands in the world? Buzzle has just the information for you...
Greenland or Greenlands?
It is a widely accepted theory that under the permanent ice sheet Greenland is actually composed of three islands, but the unified landmass is considered a single entity.
Less than 30% of the Earth's surface is occupied by land, seven giant continents make up the overwhelming majority. But a considerable number of islands dot the Earth's surface, and are in fact some of the most populous regions in the world.

The seven continents are technically islands, since they are landmasses surrounded entirely by water. However, they are not usually considered among the largest islands in the world, since even the smallest continent, Australia, is more than four times larger than the largest 'island', Greenland. By the strict definition though, the seven continents are actually the largest islands in the world.
Asia: 44,579,000 sq km (17,210,000 sq mi)
Asia map
Africa: 30,221,532 sq km (11,670,000 sq mi)
Africa map
North America: 24,709,000 sq km (9,540,000 sq mi)
North America map
South America: 17,840,000 sq km (6,890,000 sq mi)
South America map
Antarctica: 14,000,000 sq km (5,405,000 sq mi)
Antarctica map
Europe: 10,180,000 sq km (3,931,000 sq mi)
Europe map
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Australia: 8,500,000 sq km (3,270,000 sq mi)
Australia map
Asia is also the most populous continent, and hence the most populous island, in the world.

Moving on to non-continental islands, here are the world's largest islands in order.
Largest Islands in the World
Island
Area
Country
Greenland (Main Island)
2,130,800 sq km (822, 706 sq mi)
Greenland (part of the Kingdom of Denmark)

New Guinea
785, 753 sq km (303, 381 sq mi)
Papua New Guinea (largely within New Guinea), Indonesia

Borneo
748, 168 sq km (288, 869 sq mi)
Brunei (entirely on Borneo), Indonesia, Malaysia

Madagascar
587, 713 sq km (226, 917 sq mi)
Madagascar (largely within the island)

Baffin Island
507, 451 sq km (195, 928 sq mi)
Canada

Sumatra
473, 481 sq km (184, 954 sq mi)
Indonesia

Honshū
225, 800 sq km (87, 182 sq mi)
Japan

Victoria Island
217, 291 sq km (83, 897 sq mi)
Canada

Great Britain
209, 331 sq km (80, 823 sq mi)
England, Scotland, Wales (Great Britain)

Ellesmere Island
196, 236 sq km (75, 767 sq mi)
Canada

Sulawesi
180, 681 sq km (69, 761 sq mi)
Indonesia

South Island
145, 836 sq km (56, 308 sq mi)
New Zealand

Java
136, 794 sq km (53, 589 sq mi)
Indonesia

North Island
112, 583 sq km (43, 082 sq mi)
New Zealand

Luzon
109, 965 sq km (42, 458 sq mi)
Philippines
These are the largest islands in the world by area. However, in human terms, just because they are the largest does not mean they are suitable for habitation. Some of the largest islands in the world are also some of the most sparsely populated regions in the world. Greenland and Baffin Island, for instance, lie close to or in the Arctic circle, and hence only have sporadic human habitation. In contrast, tropical islands are some of the most densely populated islands in the world. Here are the largest islands in the world by population.

Note: The numbers are rounded off to the nearest hundred thousand.
Most Populous Islands in the World
Java (Indonesia)
135,000,000

Honshū (Japan)
103,000,000

Great Britain (Great Britain)
61,000,000

Luzon (Philippines)
48,500,000

Sumatra (Indonesia)
47,000,000

Taiwan (Republic of China)
23,000,000

Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka)
21,000,000

Madagascar (Madagascar)
20,500,000
Mindanao (Philippines)
20,300,000

Hispaniola (Dominican Republic, Haiti)
20,000,000

Borneo (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia)
19,700,000

Sulawesi (Indonesia)
17,000,000

Salsette Island (India)
15,000,000

Kyūshū (Japan)
13,000,000

Cuba (Cuba)
11,000,000

Hainan (PR China)
8,700,000
At just 619 sq km, Salsette Island is the smallest and most densely populated island in this list. It houses the city of Mumbai, and is, in fact, the ninth most populated island in the world.

USA contains many islands, even excluding the Hawaii archipelago. Many of these are concentrated in Alaska. Here are the 10 largest islands in the US (excluding Puerto Rico).
Largest Islands in the United States
Island
Area
State

Hawaii
10,456 sq km (4037 sq mi)
Hawaii

Kodiak Island
9,510 sq km (3,672 sq mi)
Alaska

Prince of Wales Island
6,700 sq km (2,587 sq mi)
Alaska

Chichagof Island
5,400 sq km (2,085 sq mi)
Alaska

Saint Lawrence Island
4,430 sq km (1,710 sq mi)
Alaska

Admiralty Island
4,270 sq km (1,649 sq mi)
Alaska

Baranof Island
4,237 sq km (1,636 sq mi)
Alaska

Nunivak Island
4,210 sq km (1,625 sq mi)
Alaska

Unimak Island
4,160 sq km (1,606 sq mi)
Alaska

Long Island
3,629 sq km (1,401 sq mi)
New York
Long Island is the largest island in the 48 contiguous states of the US.
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