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All About Islands and Archipelagos

This is a scheduled post.  Our country will be experiencing Typhoon Haiyan,  so there may not be time to blog. I hope you’ll enjoy reading this post, which contains some surprising facts.

There are more than 7,100 islands in the country where I live.  The Philippines is an archipelago, which means a large group of islands. The Philippines is part of a bigger archipelago – the Malay Archipelago.  This group of islands is composed of over 25,000 islands and is the largest archipelago by land area.  It is ranked as  the fourth largest group of islands in the world.

The Republic of Indonesia has 17,000 islands.  Out of these,  8,844 islands have been named, and only 922 are permanently inhabited. It is the largest archipelagic state in the world by area and population.

Out of the 7,100 islands of the Republic of the Philippines, only about 2,000 are inhabited.The islands are clustered into the three major island groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Singapore’s geography is always changing, because of massive land reclamation work which has removed much of the natural islands and islets.  A few new islands have been created, and at present Singapore has over 60 islands.

In Malaysia, there are 878 islands and 510 offshore geographical features.  Timor Leste (East Timor) is composed of three islands.

The 5 largest archipelagos in the world by number of islands are:

  1. Swedish east coast archipelago with 65,666 islands.  Stockholm has 28,945 islands
  2. Archipelago Sea (Finland) with 50,000 islands
  3. Canadian Arctic Archipelago has 36,563 islands
  4. Malay Archipelago which has 25,000-30,000 islands
  5. Caribbean islands, with 7,000 islands.  Bahamas alone has 3,200 islands
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