This is a list of the sovereign states and dependent territories of the world, sorted by total area, including all entities on the ISO standard ISO 3166-1.
For statistical purposes, dependent territories are listed separately from their sovereign states and are set off in italics. The figures represent total areas, covering land and inland water bodies (lakes, reservoirs, rivers). Marine internal waters (coastal waters), territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zones are not included.
Also not included in the list are uninhabited dependent territories – including various countries' claims to parts of the continent of Antarctica(14,400,000 km2/5,600,000 sq mi) – and entities such as the European Union(4,324,782 km2/1,669,808 sq mi total area) that have some degree of sovereignty but do not consider themselves to be sovereign countries or dependent territories. The total land area of the world is 148,940,000 km2 (57,510,000 sq mi)(about 29.1% of the Earth's surface area).