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Ranking of the 10 Longest Rivers in the World


You know, taking the measurements correctly is never easy ... It always happens that you run away a few cm.
Then imagine if you have to calculate the exact length of a river; take our word for it: it's a really complicated matter! Not surprisingly, there has always been a dispute over which one it is the longest river in the world between the Nile and the Amazon.

Ma what are the difficulties in the measurements? For example, it is not clear how the length of a river crossing a lake should be measured, or it is not always possible to establish with certainty its source and mouth, as a river often has many tributaries, or it may have an estuary. particularly large. In short, all these reasons make it difficult, if not impossible, to establish an unequivocal record. However, some recent studies have allowed for the creation of a rather accurate ranking. here are the 10 longest rivers in the world.



10 - Lena, 4.400 Km

Let's start our ranking from Lena. It flows into Russian territory for 4.400 km until it flows into the Laptev Sea

  • Countries crossed by the river: Russia
  • Where it is born: Mountains of Baikal
  • It flows into the Laptev Sea

9 - Amur, 4.444 Km

Amur, or Heilong Jiang, is the ninth longest river on the planet, with 4.444 km. It forms the border between the Russian east and north-east China.

  • Countries crossed by the river: Russia, China
  • Where it was born: Hėntij Province (Mongolia)
  • It flows into: Nikolaevsk-na-Amure (Strait of Tartars)

8 - Mekong, 4.880 Km

Higher up is the Mekong, with a length of 4.880 km. It flows through six countries and flows into the South China Sea.



  • Countries crossed by the river: China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam
  • Where it originates: Tibet Plateau
  • Where it flows: South China Sea

7 - Ob, 5.410 Km

The Ob and its major tributary Irtys are placed in seventh place with an overall length of 5.410 km.

  • Countries crossed by the river: Russia
  • Where it was born: Monti Altaj
  • Where it flows: Sea of ​​Kara

6 - Yellow River, 5.464 Km

The Yellow River, or Huang He, is the second longest river in China after the Yangtze and the sixth longest in the world. Its estimated length is 5.464 kilometers.

  • Countries crossed by the river: China
  • Where it was born: Bayan Har Mountains (Yushu Prefecture)
  • Where it flows: Bo Hai (Kenli County)

5 - Enisej, 5.550 Km

Together with its tributaries it forms the Enisej-Angara-Selenga river system. It is the largest river that flows into the Arctic Ocean

  • Countries crossed by the river: Russia
  • Where it was born: Monti Altaj
  • Where it flows: Sea of ​​Kara

4 - Blue River, 5.797 Km

The Yangtze River, or Chang Jiang, is the longest in Asia, and the fourth longest in the world. It starts from the glaciers of Qinghai-Tibet and runs for 5.797 km.


  • Countries crossed by the river: China
  • Where it was born: Qinghai
  • Where it flows: East China Sea

3 - Mississippi, 5.970 Km

Mississippi flows entirely in the United States. It rises in the north of Minnesota and winds south for 5.970 km



  • Countries crossed by the river: USA
  • Where it is born: Lake Itasca
  • Where it flows: Gulf of Mexico

2 - Amazon River, 6.400 Km

The Amazon River in South America is the longest river in the world, as well as the one with the largest water flow.


  • Countries crossed by the river: Peru, Colombia, Brazil
  • Where it was born: Nevado Mismi
  • Where it flows: Atlantic Ocean

1 - Nile, 6.650 Km

The Nile is the second longest river in the world and the most important in history. It flows in north-eastern Africa and crosses ten countries.

  • Countries crossed by the river: Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Egypt
  • Where it was born: Mount Kikizi (Rutovu)
  • Where it flows: Mediterranean Sea

Curiosities about the rivers of the world

  • How many rivers are there in the world? On the earth's surface there are approximately 773.000 square kilometers of rivers and streams.
  • What are the shortest rivers in the world? Today they are the Tamborasi in Indonesia and the Kovasselva in Norway (both twenty meters long), the Reprua in Georia (about 27 meters) and the Roe in Montana-USA (61 meters).
  • Which country has the largest number of rivers? Russia with 36 rivers.
  • What are Naga fireballs? The Mekong River in Thailand is famous for some fireballs emerging from the water, which have inspired many legends; it is assumed to be the result of methane gas leaks.
  • Who is Fabio Arcella? He is an Italian-Slovenian swimmer, better known by the name of Martin Strel, who has swam the entire length of the Mississippi, Amazon, Danube and Yangtze rivers, setting several world records.
  • Can the flow of a river be reversed? Yes, it happened on the Mississippi River during the New Madrid earthquakes (some of the most powerful in US history).
  • What is the most polluted river? Some recent studies have shown that it would be the Yangtze in China.
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