The world showcases a great diversity in terms of geographical features, from mountains to plateaus, deserts, plains, beaches and islands. There are countless big and small islands around the world, which vary in size; some are big, others are small, some are inhabited, others are solitary.
Here are top 10 largest islands around the world:
10. Ellesmere Island, Canada
The tenth largest island in the world, with a total area of 196235 sq km, is the Ellesmere Island in Canada, also the third largest in the country. However, it happens to be among least inhabited ones, with just 146 residents living here, as per 2006 census.
9. Great Britain, United Kingdom
Great Britain occupies the ninth position in the list of top 10 largest islands around the world, with a total area of 209331 sq km. It is the third most populous island in the world, right behind Java and Honshu and has nearly 62 million people residing on it. it is also the largest island in Europe.
8. Victoria Island, Canada
The eighth largest island in the world is located in Canada and it is the Victoria Island, which covers an area of 217291 sq km, making it second largest island of Canada, right behind the Baffin Island. Located in north Canada, the island is a little bigger than the Great Britain in size, but has a very small population, which is merely that of 2000 inhabitants.
7. Honshu, Japan
Honshu is the largest island of Japan and the seventh largest island of the world, measuring an area of 230500 sq km. Honshu is also considered as the most densely populated island in the country, with its population surpassing 103 million in 2005.
6. Sumatra, Indonesia
The sixth position on the list of top 10 largest islands around the world is occupied by Sumatra in Indonesia, which is also the largest island in Indonesia. The island is spread over an area of 473481 sq km and is home to a huge population, which was estimated to cross the 50 million mark in 2010.
5. Baffin Island, Canada
Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada, in addition to being the fifth largest island in the world. Lying in the north of the country, it covers an area of 507451 km, but surprisingly, this large island is inhabited only by 11000 people.
4. Madagascar Island
Madagascar, which has an area of 587713 sq km, happens to be the fourth largest island in the world. It is a poor country which lies off the east coast of southern Africa. The country boasts of diverse species of plants and animals, which makes it a center of attraction for tourists from around the world.
3. Borneo, Asia
Featuring next among the biggest islands in the world is the island of Borneo in South East Asia, which is spread over an area of 743330 sq km, and encompasses three countries, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. The total population of Borneo is 18.59 million.
2. New Guinea, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
New Guinea, with an area of 786000 sq km is the second largest island in the world. The island, which has a great area yet to be explored and is inhabited by a large number of tribal clans, has a total population of 7.5 million. It also boasts of rich diversity in flora and fauna.
1. Greenland, Denmark
The list of top 10 largest islands in the world is topped by the island of Greenland in Denmark, which is a massive sheet of ice measuring nearly 2166086 sq km. However, the population of the island is just around 56000, because of the hard weather and difficult living conditions here. The island also features the second largest ice sheet in the world.
All these islands are regarded as the largest in the world on the basis of area covered by it.