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Which countries have the most islands? Croatia makes the list

Croatia in top 30 of countries with the most islands

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Croatia is known for being a country with a lot of islands. In fact there are 1,244 islands, islets and rocks in Croatia.

Recently Croatia set up a Register of Islands which is a cartographic recording of all 78 islands, 524 islets and 642 rocks that are part of the territory of Croatia.  

132,756 people live on 50 inhabited islands, including the Pelješac peninsula, in Croatia. 69.5% of the Croatian coast is islands. he island of Cres has the largest area, whilst Krk is the most populated with over 19,000 residents.  

According to a recent report from World Atlas, Croatia’s 1,244 islands puts them at no.22 on the list of 50 countries in the world with the most islands. 

On top of the list is Sweden, closely followed by Norway, which have over 200,000 islands each within their borders.

Croatia in top 30 of countries with the most islands

Sweden

“Sweden has 221,831 islands, about 24,000 of which are open to the public. Though Sweden is the country with the most islands in the world, less than 1,000 of them are inhabited,” World Atlas said. 

Norway is close behind in second place with 239,057 counted islands. Finland is third with 178,947, followed by Canada (52,455) and the United States (18,617).

According to the report, Greenland is the largest island in the world, whilst Canada has the longest coastline in the world, bordering three oceans.

Croatia in top 30 of countries with the most islands

Croatia

Croatia is just ahead of India, Maldives, Marshall Islands and the UK on the list. 

Which Countries Have The Most Islands?

  1. Sweden – 267,570
  2. Norway – 239,057
  3. Finland – 178,947
  4. Canada – 52,455
  5. United States – 18,617
  6. Indonesia – 17,504
  7. Australia – 8,222
  8. Philippines – 7,641
  9. Japan – 6,852
  10. Chile – 5,000
  11. China – 5,000
  12. South Korea – 4,400
  13. Cuba – 4,195
  14. Vietnam – 4,000
  15. North Korea – 3,579
  16. Greece – 3,054
  17. Estonia – 1,520
  18. Thailand – 1,430
  19. Denmark – 1,419
  20. Papua New Guinea – 1,400
  21. Saudi Arabia – 1,285
  22. CROATIA – 1,244
  23. India – 1,200
  24. Maldives – 1,196
  25. Marshall Islands – 1,156
  26. United Kingdom – 1,000
  27. Burma – 1,000
  28. Solomon Islands – 900

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