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Longest Coastlines in the World (Top 160 Countries)


Coastlines are different from one place to the next. But some of them worldwide have the most beautiful scenery and unique gifts from nature.
A country can be summed up by its coastline. Where a country’s borders meet, the sea is often where most people live, where important economic things happen, and sometimes where a place is so beautiful that it is known worldwide.
More than 70 percent of the world’s surface is covered by water, and the countries with the longest coastlines are the best able to use this natural resource.

What Are The Longest Coastlines in the World?

1. Canada

Canada has the world’s nicest and largest coastlines, comprising ten provinces and three territories. It is the second largest country worldwide regarding land area but possesses the world’s longest coastline.
Canada’s 202,080 km of coastline is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Arctic Ocean and. With such a vast coastline bordering multiple oceans, it is not surprising that the terrain along the coastline differs greatly depending on location.
The Canadian environment is one of the most pristine in the world because around 80 percent of the country is uninhabited. It is also home to several large land species, including moose, grizzly bears, polar bears, and bison. In addition, Canada’s coastline is a vital component of its economy, as it contains significant trading ports and provides access to some of the best fishing in the world.

2. Norway

The Norwegian capital is situated at the head of the Oslo fjord. In addition to being a famous tourist attraction, the Norwegian coast attracts travelers from around the world who wish to watch the majesty of the coastline and catch a sight of the aurora borealis along the country’s northern coastlines.
The continent is situated between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea. The entire coastline of Norway is extremely uneven and rocky, with several fjords and islands. The majority of Norwegians reside along the seaside.

3. Indonesia

Indonesia is the third country in the world with the longest coastline. It is not one of the top ten countries in terms of total land area, but it has many islands, putting it in third place.
Along the coasts of Papua, Kalimantan, Papua, and northeastern Sumatra, there are many mangrove forests. People often raise shrimp along the coasts of northern Java and southwestern Sulawesi.
The most beautiful parts of Indonesia’s coasts, which are also the most popular places for tourists to visit, are in eastern Indonesia, in the south of the island of Java, and on the island of Sumatra.

4. Greenland (Denmark)

Greenland might technically be a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, but it is a separate country. It also boasts a lengthy coastline of 44,086 kilometers. This frigid republic is between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, with Canada and Iceland as its nearest neighbors.
Contrary to its name, almost 80% of Greenland’s landmass is ice-covered. Due to the immense amount of ice that dominates the country’s interior, only the coastline regions are inhabited. These coastal regions are also home to diverse plants and animals, and the country’s largest national park is located in the northeast.
There are several fjords, glaciers, icebergs, and cliffs along the coastline of Greenland, all of which are remarkable. In addition, the country’s relative seclusion and harsh climate enhance its geographical attractiveness.

5. Russia

St. Petersburg, Yalta, Vladivostok, Magadan, Kaliningrad, Baltiysk, and many other significant Russian cities are situated along the country’s shores, making up a large portion of the country’s population.
As an independent nation in northern Eurasia, Russia contains a massive 37,653 kilometers of coastline. Russia has coastlines on five oceans: the Pacific to the east, the Atlantic to the west, the Arctic to the north, and the Baltic, Black, Sea of Azov, and Caspian to the southwest.

6. Philippines

The Philippines is a country consisting of 7,641 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Southeast Asia. It has a coastline of 36,289 kilometers. This country has a wavy coastline with numerous islets, bays, and gulfs. Over 60 percent of the country’s population and most of its major cities are concentrated along its beaches, making this region the most densely populated. Coastal fisheries provide income for a sizable portion of the Filipino population, accounting for 40-60% of the country’s overall fish catch. In addition, the Philippines’ economy benefits from the tens of thousands of tourists that flock to the country every year to marvel at the stunning beauty of its beaches.

7. Japan

Japan, a densely populated and technically advanced island country in East Asia, is located to the east of the Ocean, between the Sea of Okhotsk and the East China Sea. The country’s 6,852 islands are bounded by a coastline measuring 29,751 kilometers long. Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu are the nation’s four largest and most economically significant islands. The northern and western beaches of Honshu and the shoreline of Hokkaido have relatively straight contours. Meanwhile, the coastlines of Kyushu and eastern Honshu are significantly altered by the ages of tides and storms. Most of Japan’s major urban areas are situated along the country’s coastline, which is also home to some of the world’s largest international ports. Fishing, aquaculture, and whaling are among the key occupations that support the livelihoods of Japan’s coastal residents.

8. Australia

Australia is a diverse nation for many factors, and the fact that it’s almost its own continent is just one of them.
The coastline of this island country in Oceania is 25,760 km long. Australia has coastlines on the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Southern Ocean, just like the United States.
A lot of Australians live along the coast. Most likely, this is because Australian beaches are so beautiful, there are good job opportunities along the coast, and the interior of the country could be more friendly.
The coastlines of Australia are among the most visited tourist destinations worldwide. Located on Australia’s eastern shore, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world. It’s one of Australia’s 19 World Heritage Sites.

9. United States

The United States ranks among the world’s largest nations. Its 50 states encompass a wide variety of landscapes, from forested regions to deserts to mountain ranges to swampy lowlands. In addition, several minor territories exist off the coast of the United States’ main landmass.
The United States is unique in that it borders three separate oceans (the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Arctic). The Gulf of Mexico is also on its southern edge. As a result, the country’s climate and natural resources are reflected in the richness of its waters.
The overall coastline of this massive country is almost 19,924 kilometers long; nevertheless, which US state has the longest coastline? There is no contest; Alaska is correct.
Alaska has 10,686 kilometers of coastline (6,640 miles), with coastlines along both the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. As a result, Alaska is a central hub for fishing, tourism, and oil production despite its isolation from the rest of the United States.
Some of the most famous coastlines in the United States can be found in California, Florida, and Hawaii, in stark contrast to the icy coast of Alaska. Sandy beaches, warm water, and crowds of tourists—what that’s you can expect to find in this region.

10. New Zealand

New Zealand is a small island nation in the southwestern part of the vast Pacific Ocean. Nobody would blame you for being taken aback by the fact that this nation boasts such a massive coastline. Unfortunately, it’s easy to miss New Zealand because its neighbor, Australia, is so much larger. Even an entire Subreddit is devoted to maps that omit the country altogether.
The 15,134 kilometers of coastline in New Zealand are home to much of the country’s famed biodiversity. Three major islands and an additional 500 or smaller islands make up the country. These islands provide New Zealand with its extensive Pacific and Tasman Seas coastline.
New Zealand is well-known for its imposing national rugby squad and the widespread distribution of its wines.

11. China

China ranked 11th on the Longest coastline in the world. However, natural factors, such as tectonics, typhoons, and river currents, have changed China’s shoreline by, for instance, depositing silt on beaches. Regarding sediment load, the Yellow River is the largest in the world, whereas the Yangtze is only fourth in terms of water output.

12. Greece

Greece has the most extensive shoreline in the Mediterranean. They boast Europe’s third-longest coastline. Greece’s coastline is famous for its pristine beaches and blue waters. There are various coastal features, such as caves, sheltered coves, and bays. Tourism is widely established in the region.

The following is the list of the longest coastlines in the world.

RanksCountryCoastlines (in km)
1 Canada202,080
2 Norway83,281
3 Indonesia54,716
4 Greenland(Denmark)44,087
5 Russia37,653
6 Philippines36,289
7 Japan29,751
8 Australia25,760
9 United States19,924
10 New Zealand15,134
11 China14,500
12 Greece13,676
13 United Kingdom12,429
14 Mexico9,330
15 Italy7,600
16 Brazil7,491
17 Denmark7,314
18 Turkey7,200
19 India7,000
20 Chile6,435
22 Croatia5,835
23 Solomon Islands5,313
24 Papua New Guinea5,152
25 Argentina4,989
26 Iceland4,970
27 Spain4,964
28 France4,853
29 Madagascar4,828
30 Malaysia4,675
31 Estonia3,794
32 Cuba3,735
33 The Bahamas3,542
34 Vietnam3,444
35 Somalia3,333
36 Thailand3,219
37 Sweden3,218
38 Colombia3,208
39 Morocco2,945
40 Venezuela2,800
41 South Africa2,798
42 Ukraine2,782
43 Saudi Arabia2,640
44 Vanuatu2,528
45 North Korea2,495
46 Panama2,490
47 Mozambique2,470
48 Egypt2,450
49 Iran2,440
50 Peru2,414
51South Korea2,413
52 Germany2,389
53 Ecuador2,237
54 Eritrea2,234
55 Oman2,092
56 Myanmar1,930
57 Yemen1,906
58 Portugal1,793
59 Haiti1,771
60 Libya1,770
61 Angola1,600
62 Namibia1,572
63Taiwan (ROC)1,566.30
64 Palau1,519
65 Ireland1,448
66 Tanzania1,424
67 Sri Lanka1,340
68 UAE1,318
69 Costa Rica1,290
70 Dominican Republic1,288
71 Finland1,250
72 Tunisia1,148
73 Kiribati1,143
74 Fiji1,129
75 Pakistan1,046
76 Jamaica1,022
77 Algeria998
78 Cape Verde965
79 Nicaragua910
80 Gabon885
81 Nigeria853
82 Sudan853
83 Honduras832
84 Mauritania754
85 Hong Kong (SAR)733
86 Timor-Leste706
87 Uruguay660
88 Cyprus648
89 Maldives644
90 Bangladesh580
91 Liberia579
92 Qatar563
93 Ghana539
94 Kenya536
95 Senegal531
96Ivory Coast515
97 Kuwait499
98 Latvia498
99 Seychelles491
100 Guyana459
101 Netherlands451
102 Cambodia443
103 Poland440
104 Tonga419
105 Samoa403
106 Cameroon402
107 Sierra Leone402
108 Guatemala400
109 Belize386
110 Suriname386
111 Marshall Islands370.4
112 Albania362
113 Trinidad and Tobago362
114 Bulgaria354
115 Guinea-Bissau350
116 Comoros340
117 Guinea320
118 Djibouti314
119 Georgia310
120 El Salvador307
121 Equatorial Guinea296
122 Montenegro293.5
123 Israel273
124 Malta252.8
125 Lebanon225
126 Romania225
127 São Tomé and Príncipe209
128 Singapore193
129 Syria193
130 Mauritius177
131 Congo, Republic of the169
132 Bahrain161
133 Brunei161
134 Saint Lucia158
135 Antigua and Barbuda153
136 Dominica148
137 Saint Kitts and Nevis135
138 Benin121
139 Grenada121
140 Cook Islands120
141 Barbados97
142 Lithuania90
143 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines84
144 Gambia80
145 Aruba68.5
146 Belgium66.5
147 Niue64
148 Iraq58
149 Togo56
150 Slovenia46.6
151 Macau41
152 Montserrat40
153 DR Congo37
154 Nauru30
156 Jordan26
157 Tuvalu24
158 Bosnia and Herzegovina20
159 Gibraltar12
160 Monaco4.09

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