The 7 Longest Rivers in the World

7 longest rivers in the world
7 longest rivers in the world

When it comes to measuring the length of a river, it’s really not straight forward. In fact, even in 2016, we have approximates when it comes to the length of rivers around the world.

There’s a long-standing debate of Amazon vs. Nile, as in, which is the longest river. But for this post, we will rely on data provided by Wikipedia. And according to Wikipedia, Nile is the longest river.

Without further due, here’s the list of 10 longest rivers in the world.

1. Nile River

Longest river in the world is the Nile river
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At 4,135 miles is the longest river in the world. It runs through 10 countries, namely, Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Egypt.

2. Amazon River

Second longest river in the world The Amazon River
Image credit: BBC

At 4,000 miles, the Amazon River is the second longest river in the world. As mentioned earlier, there are some skeptics who believe it should be crowned as the longest river in the world because of its sheer volume. But when it comes to approximate length, Nile river is the longest even if it might not be the largest.

3. Yangtze River

third longest river in the world Yangtze River
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At 3,917 miles, the Yangtze River, or Chang Jiang is the third-longest river in the world and the longest river in Asia.

4. Mississippi River

Mississippi River
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At 3,902 miles, the Mississippi River is the largest river system in North America and fourth longest in the world.

5. Yenisei River

Yenisei River
Image credit: Wikipedia

At 3,445 miles, Yenisei river is the largest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean and the fifth longest river in the world.

6. Yellow River

Yellow River
Image credit: PBS

At 3,395 miles, the Yellow River or Huang He, formerly spelled Hwang Ho, is the second-longest river in China after the Yangtze and the sixth-longest in the world.

7. Ob River

Ob River
Image credit: The Telegraph

At 3,364 miles, the Ob River, also Obi, is the biggest river in western Siberia, Russia and is the world’s seventh longest river.

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