Top 10 Countries in the World 2023: Discover the Exotic

Top 10 Countries in World 2023. These are figuratively the largest nations on earth.

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Embark on a journey across the globe as we unveil the top 10 countries in the world 2023, each a unique gem waiting to be explored. From the enchanting landscapes of New Zealand to the vibrant culture of Japan, these destinations promise unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

  • Whether you crave adventure, seek tranquility, or are a culture enthusiast, these countries offer a diverse range of attractions that cater to every wanderlust.
  • Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Australia’s diverse terrains, indulge in the culinary delights of Italy, or lose yourself in the historical marvels of Greece.
  • This guide is your passport to discovering the most captivating destinations, providing insight into each country’s must-see landmarks, local cuisines, and distinct traditions.
  • Prepare to ignite your sense of wanderlust as we navigate through the top 10 countries that are set to redefine travel in 2023, promising an odyssey of unforgettable moments and unparalleled discoveries.

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10 Russia: St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, 17,098,242 km2

Top 10 Countries in World 2023. These are figuratively the largest nations on earth.

Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral in Russia. Images provided by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
With a total area of 17,098,242 km2, Russia is the largest country in the world. It occupies about 11% of the planet’s landmass and is about twice the size of Canada. Russia is so big that it extends from northeastern Europe to the entirety of northern Asia.

Over 60% of Russia is uninhabitable due to permafrost. Due to some of it melting, some people in the nation go mammoth tusk hunting.

Russia is another country on our list with a population of little under 145 million. Traveling to Russia is not advised due to the ongoing violence caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

09 Canada. 9,984,670 km2

Top 10 Countries in World 2023. These are figuratively the largest nations on earth.

The Canadian Rockies’ Sawback Range
The Canadian Rockies’ Sawback Range. Imagination provided by Emil Muench/Archive Photos/Getty Images
With a total size of 9,984,670 km2, Canada is the second-biggest country in the globe and, after the United States, the largest country in North America.

Canada has a very small population compared to its size. The UN predicts that just 38.7 million people will live in Canada in 2023. For comparison, the UK has a population of 67.7 million people. Even if it is blanketed in snow and ice, Canada has space if that is what you’re looking for.

The country contains the longest coastline in the world (which is made up of more than 52 thousand islands), Niagara Falls, vast woods home to bears, wolves, and mountain lions, bison in its prairies, and other wildlife. Canada is home to up to 2 million lakes, which is said to be more than the rest of the planet put together. Lake Superior, Lake Huron, and Great Bear Lake are just a few of these.

08 Arizona, has 9,833,517 square kilometers,

Top 10 Countries in World 2023. These are figuratively the largest nations on earth.

in the United States. Image by LightRocket/Wolfgang Kaehler via Getty Images
The United States is the second-largest country in North America, with a total size of 9,833,517 km2.

In 1776, the United States of America won its freedom from British domination. The history of the country of the free and the home of the brave is one of battle, wealth, and a significant role in international politics.

The USA is a nation full of natural and man-made wonders because of its Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes, Yellowstone National Park, Death Valley, powerful rivers, and so much more (including the Grand Canyon).

In the United States, where there are thought to be slightly under 340 million people, there is a lot of territory to discover.

07 China – 9,596,960 km2

Top 10 Countries in World 2023. These are figuratively the largest nations on earth.

China’s Jinshanling Great Wall is located in Luanping County.
China’s Luanping County’s Jinshanling Great Wall. Yang Dong/VCG via Getty Images
The largest nation entirely within Asia is China. Its 9,596,960 km2 total area is only surpassed by three other countries.

China ranks second in terms of people and is the fourth-largest country in the world in terms of total area. China is thought to have a population of little over 1.425 billion people, according to the UN.

China is an exceptionally old nation, having existed as far back as the 13th Century BC. The Great Wall, Giant Pandas, ‘floating’ Zhangjiajie Mountains, and the Forbidden City are just some of the picturesque locations that have made the communist country famous today.

06 Brazil, 8,515,770 km2.

Top 10 Countries in World 2023. These are figuratively the largest nations on earth.

View from above of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Aerial image of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Images provided by Buda Mendes/Getty Images
Brazil is the biggest nation in both South America and the southern hemisphere, with an overall area of 8,515,770 km2.

Brazil is well-known for many things, including its passion for football (no country has won more FIFA World Cups than Brazil), the Amazon rainforest, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, and much more.

Brazil is the most populated nation in South America with a population of just over 216.35 million. After being under Portuguese domination for more than three centuries, the country attained full independence in 1822.

05 Australia, 7,741,220 km2

Top 10 Countries in World 2023. These are figuratively the largest nations on earth.

Australia’s Sydney Opera House
Australia’s Sydney Opera House. Image source: Getty
Australia is so big that it counts as a separate continent. The territory down under is more than twice the size of India, covering a total area of 7,741,220 km2.

Australia is known for many things, including its shrimp on the Barbie, unusual and dangerous animals (such as saltwater crocodiles, koalas, and kangaroos), the Outback, Ayers Rock, and a whole lot more, not to mention the Great Barrier Reef.

Australia is the least populated country on our list, coming in just behind Kazakhstan, with a population of just under 26.5 million. For at least 60,000 years, Aboriginal Australians have been residing in what is now Australia. Of course, the country joined the British Empire and was infamous for housing more than 150,000 prisoners of war.

04 India, 3,287,263 km2.

Top 10 Countries in World 2023. These are figuratively the largest nations on earth.

In India, at Agra, there is the Taj Mahal.
In India, at Agra, there is the Taj Mahal. Julian Finney/Getty Images provided the picture
India is the seventh-largest country in the world, with a total area of 3,287,263 km2. The wettest place on Earth is also located there.

Since the third and second millennia BC, when the Indus Valley civilization first arrived, people have lived on the grounds of this historic and ancient country, formerly regarded as the Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire. India is well-known for its religious structures and palaces, as well as for its tiger and elephant populations, as well as for its diverse and rich topography, which includes mountains, deserts, and the Ganges River.

India is the most densely populated nation on our list and will have the highest population on Earth in 2023 (yep, it will surpass China), with a projected population of almost 1.43 billion.

03 Argentina, 2,780,400 km2.

Top 10 Countries in World 2023. These are figuratively the largest nations on earth.

Argentina’s Mount Fitz Roy, close to El Chalten
Argentina’s Mount Fitz Roy, close to El Chalten. AFP/Ronaldo Schemid/Getty Images, in the picture
Argentina covers 2,780,400 km2 in total. The South American country, known for giving us two of the greatest football players the world has ever seen, is now ranked eighth among the largest nations in the globe.

Argentina is a bustling country with a population of over 45.75 million, 4,989 kilometers of coastline, and beautiful terrain.

In 1816, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay joined forces to form the United Provinces of the Ro de la Plata, which gained independence from Spain. Argentina evolved into the nation we know today after the other three South American countries broke apart. Argentina is renowned for its beaches, the Andes highlands, the Telampaya National Park, and its breathtaking waterfalls in addition to football.

02 Kazakhstan, with 2,724,900 km2.

Top 10 Countries in World 2023. These are figuratively the largest nations on earth.

Kazakhstan’s Druzhba region’s grassland
Grassland close to Kazakhstan’s Druzhba. Image by LightRocket/Wolfgang Kaehler via Getty Images
The overall area of Kazakhstan is 2,724,900 km2. The vast nation of Central Asia extends into Europe on the western bank of the Ural River.

Kazakhstan is one of the countries on this list with one of the lower populations, with an estimated population of slightly under 19.6 million.

After years of domination and repression, the country won its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. In the ten years that followed the country’s independence, over a million ethnic Kazakhs returned.

The enormous Kazakh Steppe is a famous region of the world home to Bronze Age petroglyphs, mountains, canyons, and more. It is known for being the biggest landlocked nation in the world. The Baikonur Cosmodrome and other space missions are launched from there as well.

01 Algeria, 2,381,740 km2

Top 10 Countries in World 2023. These are figuratively the largest nations on earth.

Algerian rock sculptures show cows
Cows are carved into rocks in Algeria’s Tassili N’Ajjer National Park. Picture taken by Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis and shared via Getty Images
Algeria, with a total size of 2,381,740 km2, serves as the starting point of our quick tour of the ten largest nations in the globe.

After an eight-year conflict with French occupiers, this country in North Africa gained independence in 1962. Prior to this, the nation and its citizens had to endure centuries of foreign rule, beginning all the way back in the third century BC with the Numidians.

Algeria, which will have a population of about 45.5 million in 2023, is well-known for its Saharan deserts and Mediterranean temperature, featuring Tassili n’Ajjer, which is renowned for its numerous examples of rock art and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

Some Frequently asked questions about the biggest countries in the world

Which is the biggest country in Asia?

By far the largest country in terms of area is Russia, with more than 17 million km², of which 13 million km² (77%) are in Asia. The second-largest Asian country is China, with an area of 9.6 million km².

How many countries in Asia?

Asia consists of 51 countries with a total land area of 45 million km² (17 million square miles), representing 30% of the Earth’s habitable surface. Asia’s coastlines have a combined length of 220,266 km (136,896 miles).

What is the world’s smallest country?

The smallest country in the world is Vatican City, with a landmass of just 0.49 square kilometers (0.19 square miles). Rome encircles Vatican City, an independent state.


These ten biggest countries in the world each possess a distinct identity shaped by their vast territories and rich diversity. From the frozen landscapes of Russia to the tropical wonders of Brazil, from the ancient cultures of India to the dynamic metropolises of the United States, these nations stand as marvels of our planet’s grandeur. As we delve into their histories, cultures, and breathtaking landscapes, we are reminded of the boundless beauty and infinite variety that Earth has to offer. May we continue to cherish and protect these vast treasures for generations to come.

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Zainab Hashmi

I'm Zainab Hashmi, and I'm the Head Editor of I'm uncovering the world's wonders and presenting you with the most interesting top ten lists in many categories. I've been as a guest on various national radio and television networks.

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