Do you know what is the largest island in the world? If you thought Australia, we’re sorry to tell you this, but you’re wrong. It’s a continent. Although continental landmasses are entirely surrounded by water they are not classified as islands. Australia is usually considered to be the smallest of the four, the other three being the Americas, Antarctica, and Afro-Eurasia. As the smallest continent however, Australia is still three times bigger than the number one island on our list of the 25 largest islands in the world.
Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers just under five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the remainder and is located in the north-east of the island. The population of Ireland is approximately 6.4 million. Just under 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just under 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.
Mindanao is the second largest and easternmost island in the Philippines. It is also the name of one of the three island groups in the country (the other two being Luzon and the Visayas).
The most sparsely populated country in Europe, Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream. It has a temperate climate despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle.
This Caribbean Island nation with a population of just over 11 million is the 17th largest non continental landmass in the world. Once seen as one of the worlds richest countries, Cuba is now known for its planned economy. In 1959 Fidel Castro turned Cuba into a communist country.
Newfoundland is a large Canadian island off the east coast of the North American mainland, and the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.