Bonus List


The longest and largest rivers in the world don't necessarily drain the largest number of countries. The river in the world with the most water--the Amazon--only gets water from parts of 7 countries, and the "Mighty Mississippi" only drains parts of 2 countries. However, rivers that drain smaller countries, like the Danube or the Zambezi, rank higher, despite the smaller drainage areas of the rivers.

Countries listed below include all drainage areas, including desert areas where the land technically drains towards the river but yet water will only flow during very rare rain events (these countries are starred). In a few cases where national borders are aligned with divides between river basins, such as the Central African Republic-Sudan border (the C.A.R. side drains towards the Congo; the Sudan side drains towards the Nile), there are probably very small spots where the border does not perfectly align (and a tiny piece of Sudan might drain towards the Congo); these are not included.

1. Danube (19)--
Albania, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine
2. Niger (11)--
Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote D'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania*, Niger, Nigeria
3. Nile (10)--
Burundi, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
4. Congo (9)--
Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Congo (Rep.), Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia
5. Rhine (8)--
Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland
5. Zambezi (8)--
Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
7. Amazon (7)--
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Venezuela
7. Tigris/Euphrates (7)--
Iran, Iraq, Jordan*, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia*, Syria, Turkey
9. Brahmaputra/Ganges (6)--
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, China, India, Nepal
9. Mekong (6)--
Burma, Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
9. Volta (6)--
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Togo

* Entire "drainage" area is desert where water will only drain during rare and extreme rain events.

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