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Comparing Size of Coastlines

Australia is the sixth largest country and also has the sixth longest coastline. Tourists from all over the world come to enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in the world along our Australian coastline. Just remember to swim between the flags!

The coastline numbers shown below for each country is the total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea.
 

Country Coastline in km Area in km2  
 1. Canada 202,080     9,984,670   
 2. Indonesia 54,716     1,919,440   
 3. Greenland 44,087     2,166,086   
 4. Philippines 36,289     300,000   
 5. Japan 29,751     377,835   
 6. Australia 25,760     7,686,850 *
 7. Norway 21,925 ** 324,220   
 8. USA 19,924      9,629,091   
Country Coastline in km Area in km2      
    9. Antarctica 17,968    14,000,000 ***
   10. New Zealand 15,134    268,680      
   11. China 14,500    9,596,960      
   12. Greece 13,676    131,940      
   13. United Kingdom 12,429    244,820      
   14. Mexico 9,330    1,972,550      
   15. Italy 7,600    301,230      
 

   * Area includes Lord Howe Island and Macquarie Island.
 ** Coastline size includes islands, fjords, and indentations.
*** Area is 280,000 sq km ice-free plus 13,720,000 sq km ice-covered
Statistics are from the CIA World Factbook and other sources. Visit their website for more information.

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