Depending on the minimum size to take into account, there are hundreds of thousands or possibly even millions of islands in the world ranging from little uninhabited islets occupying just a few acres to huge islands spanning over thousands of kilometers. Just Greece alone, for example, is estimated to have up to 6,000 islands. Some islands actually make whole countries. Madagascar, Great Britain, Cuba or Iceland – all of these beautiful islands are also countries. We have already published a few posts dedicated to islands such as these 25 Breathtaking European Islands You’ll Want To Spend The Rest Of Your Life On, these 25 Amazing Caribbean Islands That You’ll Wish You Could Visit, or these 25 Weird Islands That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head. Today, we are going to take you on yet another amazing tour around some of the most beautiful and interesting islands, but this time around, we will focus on islands that you might be familiar with but probably don’t know who they actually belong to. Everybody knows that the Hawaiian Islands belong to the United States and Ibiza is a part of Spain but how about Bermuda, the Easter Islands, Bora Bora or Greenland? To find out who these islands actually belong to, check out today´s post with 25 Beautiful Islands You Might Not Know Who They Belong To.
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Occupying a total area of a staggering 2,130,800 sq km (822,700 sq mi), Greenland is by far the largest island in the world. With its enormous size, the Arctic island could easily be a large country on its own, but it is not. In fact, Greenland is a part of the Danish Realm.
Located in the southern Pacific Ocean, the Pitcairn Islands are a group of four tropical islands of volcanic origin. Inhabited by just 56 people who all live in the “capital town” of Adamstown, these islands officially belong to the British Overseas Territory (UK).
Discovered on Christmas Day in 1643 (hence the name), the Christmas Island is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. Famous for its biodiversity and many endemic animal and plant species, the island is an external territory of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Located in the North Pacific Ocean, Sakhalin is the largest island of Russia. Sakhalin was claimed by both Russia and Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries and these disputes sometimes even involved military conflicts. Since the end of the WWII, it officially belongs to Russia.
A popular tourist destination, Curacao is a little tropical island in the Southern Caribbean Sea, approximately 65 km (40 mi) north of the Venezuelan coast. Home to over 150,000 people, the picturesque island is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.