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Stretch of coast in Cornwall, Great Britain   Great Britain is the largest of the European islands, although in the world it is only in 9th place.

   The 6 biggest islands are located in the central-northern area of the Continent, Sicily is the largest as regards those in southern Europe and, like the others of this list and geographical area, it is located in the Mediterranean Sea.

   The Baltic Sea also has islands of a decent size, unlike the Black Sea; altogether there are 9 European islands over 10,000 square kilometers, four of which are located entirely above the Arctic Circle.


Island Area (km▓)
Area (sq mi)
Country
Great Britain (1) 209,331 80,823 United Kingdom
Iceland 102,724 39,662 Iceland
Ireland 84,421 32,595 Ireland, United Kingdom
Severny Novaya Zemlya (2) 48,904 18,882 Russia
Spitsbergen (3) 37,673 14,546 Norway (Svalbard)
Yuzhny Novaya Zemlya 33,275 12,848 Russia
Sicily (4) 25,426 9,817 Italy
Sardinia 23,813 9,194 Italy
Nordaustlandet 14,467 5,586 Norway (Svalbard)
Corsica 8,680 3,351 France
Crete (5) 8,265 3,191 Greece
Zealand 7,049 2,722 Denmark
Edge°ya 5,073 1,959 Norway (Svalbard)
Kolguyev 4,968 1,918 Russia
Vendsyssel-Thy 4,674 1,805 Denmark
Euboea 3,652 1,410 Greece
Mallorca 3,604 1,392 Spain
Vaygach 3,383 1,306 Russia
Gotland 2,994 1,156 Sweden
Funen 2,989 1,154 Denmark
Zemlya Georga 2,821 1,089 Russia
Saaremaa 2,671 1,031 Estonia
Hinn°ya 2,205 851 Norway
Wilczek Land 2,203 851 Russia
Lewis and Harris (6) 2,179 841 United Kingdom


(1) In the world ranking it is only in ninth place by extension, but third by number of inhabitants.
(2) The largest of the European islands north of the Arctic Circle.
(3) The largest in the Svalbard archipelago, a Norwegian dependency.
(4) It is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and also the one in Europe where the highest altitude is reached (Etna 3,326 meters).
(5) The southernmost of the major European islands.
(6) Despite the double name it is a single island, it is called Lewis in the greater northern part, Harris in the southern one.