When we talk about the coastline, we mean the land which meets the sea. Most countries across the globe have coastlines and its only a few, a fifth are landlocked. When you have access to the sea, which comes with a thousand advantages from ports, beaches, and easy access to trade.
Here are the top 10 countries with the largest coastlines
It has 5000 islands, with its coastlines totaling 14,500 kilometers. China is located on the west of the Pacific Ocean, eastern part of Asia. It has a population of 1.3 billion people making it the world’s most populated country, and based on land area, it is the world’s second largest country. Though it has one of the longest coastline, most of its population lives inland.
9. New Zealand
It boasts of a coastline which has a total length of 15,134 kilometers. It is an island country which is in the Southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean. It is a group of islands which are located in the Oceania. Fishing accounts for 5% of its export products. New Zealand has an exclusive economic zone of 1.3 million square nautical miles.
8. United States of America
America is the third largest country in the world based on the total area and it boasts of being the world largest economy. Even if most of its states are landlocked, it has some of the best beaches in the world with Hawaii and US Virgin islands leading the pack.
It has a total coastline of 25,148 square kilometers and it is best known for its deeply coastline and narrow arms of the sea with steep cliffs surrounding it. Most of its harbors and cities are situated along the coastlines. Norway is located in northern Europe and its coastline face the Barents Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
It has a coastline length totaling to 25,760 kilometers. It is the world’s 6th largest country in relation to the land area and it is the 12th largest economy in the world. You will find the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest reef, in Australia. It contains the world’s most diverse range of sea creatures. The Australian coastline has more than ten thousand beaches. Surfers and tourists visiting Australia love visiting Bondi Beach. 85% of the Australian population live very close to the beach.
It has a coastline with a total length of 29,751 kilometers. Being an island nation which is located in East Asia, it consists of 6,852 islands. It is the world’s 3rd largest economy after the United States being number one and China number two.
Philippines has a total coastline length of 36,280 kilometers. It is located in the western part of the Pacific Ocean and it is a state in South East Asia. It is a country with more than 7,000 islands and has a diverse range of sea creatures in its waters. Most of the Filipinos live a few minutes away from the coastline and fish industry is one of the largest industry in the Philippines. One of the famous beaches include Boracay, which was named the best island in the world over in 2012.
Russia has a total coastline length of 37,653 kilometers. It is the largest country in the world based on territory and its coastline is along the pacific ocean and arctic. Ice covers the coastline which is on the east and north of Russia.
It has a coastline length totaling to 54,716 kilometers with a total of 17,000 islands. It is an important trade area due to its accessibility to both land and sea. It has the second largest biodiversity with Brazil topping up. It is the world’s 16th largest country with its northern coastline consisting of swampy and low areas of mangrove forests while the southern coast like the Bali and Java are exposed to the swells of the Indian Ocean.
With a coastline length totaling to 202,080 kilometers, coming from a total of 52,455 islands, it is the world’s number one country with the largest coastline. Canada borders three oceans; the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans. Nearly a 3rd of the world’s fresh water is in this country.
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