Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Biggest Landlocked countries

A landlocked country has no coastline. This means that it has no direct access to the sea and fishing. Also, people and goods traveling to and from the country must go through another country. This may be difficult or expensive.
There are more than 40 landlocked countries in the world. The largest, Kazakhstan, has a coast on the Caspian Sea – which is a landlocked sea. The largest landlocked European country is Hungary (92,300 sq km). Europe also contains the world’s smallest landlocked countries- Andorra, Liechtenstein, San Marino and Vatican City. All are less than 500 sq km in size. Liechtenstein and Uzbekistan are both double-landlocked. This means that they are surrounded by other landlocked countries.

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