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Worlds Biggest Islands
Island and location. Area. square miles. square km. 1. Greenland. 822,700. 2,130,800.
41. Yuzhny Novaya Zemlya Russia
Yuzhny is the southern island of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, lying north of Russia. It has an area of 33,275 square kilometres, which while smaller than the northern island of Severny, makes it one of the largest islands in the world.
42. Vancouver Island Canada
Vancouver Island, off Canada s Pacific Coast, is known for its mild climate and thriving arts community. On its southern tip is Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, and its boatlined Inner Harbour, neobaroque Parliament Buildings, grand Fairmont Empress Hotel and Englishstyle gardens. With abundant parkland, the island is a destination for hiking, biking, and camping. Its rugged west coast is popular for surfing.
43. Timor Indonesia East Timor
The Indonesian invasion of East Timor began on 7 December 1975 when the Indonesian military invaded East Timor under the pretext of anticolonialism.
44. Sicily Italy
Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is just off the toe of Italys boot. It has been a crossroads of cultures for 3,000 years, a history reflected in its diverse architecture, cuisine and ancient ruins. Palermo, the capital, offers colorful street life, bustling markets and Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina. On Sicily s eastern edge is Mt. Etna, Europe s highest active volcano.
45. Somerset Island Canada
In the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Somerset Island is a large, uninhabited island separated by the 2 km wide Bellot Strait from the Boothia Peninsula in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada, lying between Peel Sound and Prince Regent Inlet.
46. Sardinia Italy
Sardinia, a large island in the Mediterranean Sea, has nearly 2,000km of coastline, sandy beaches and a mountainous interior popular for hiking. Its rugged landscape is dotted with thousands of nuraghi ruins of mysterious Bronzeage stone structures shaped like beehives. The southern capital, Cagliari, has a medieval quarter called Castello, with narrow streets, 14thcentury palaces and a 13thcentury cathedral.
47. Bananal Tocantins Brazil
Bananal Island is a large river island formed from the bisection of the Araguaia River, in southwestern Tocantins, Brazil. The island is formed by a fork in a very flat section of the Araguaia River.
48. Shikoku Japan
Shikoku, the smallest of Japan s major islands, is famously encircled by a 1,200km, 88temple Buddhist pilgrimage route (henro) honoring the 9thcentury monk Kukai. Shikokus major cities include Matsuyama, home to 8 of the pilgrimage temples, plus feudal Matsuyama Castle (1603) and Dogo Onsen, one of Japan s earliest known hotspring spas. The island s rural, mountainous interior has hiking trails and gorges for whitewater rafting.
49. Halmahera Indonesia
Halmahera, formerly known as Jilolo, Gilolo, or Jailolo, is the largest island in the Maluku Islands. It is part of the North Maluku province of Indonesia and Sofifi, the capital of the province, is located on the west coast of the island.
50. Ceram Indonesia
Seram is the largest and main island of Maluku province of Indonesia, despite Ambon Islands historical importance. It is located just north of smaller Ambon Island.
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