Top 15 longest rivers in the World

Determining the precise length of a river is a rather difficult task, still, the approximate length is calculated and published as official data. This article lists top 15 longest rivers in the world.

Nile river
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Top 15 longest rivers in the World

1. Nile

  • Length: 6,650 km(4,132 miles)
  • Countries: Burundi, Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda(11 countries)
  • Mouth: Mediterranean sea
  • Discharge: 2,800 m3/s

*Some unofficial researches suggest Amazon to be longer.

2. Amazon

  • Length: 6,400 km(3,977 miles)
  • Countries: Brazil, Colombia, Peru
  • Mouth: Atlantic ocean
  • Discharge: 209,000 m3/s

*Amazon is the largest river by discharge.

*Amazon is the longest river in South America.

3. Yangtze

  • Length: 6,300 km(3,915 miles)
  • Countries: China
  • Mouth: East China sea
  • Discharge: 31,900 m3/s

*Yangtze is the longest river in Asia.

4. Mississippi-Missouri

  • Length: 6,275 km(3899 miles)
  • Countries: USA
  • Mouth: Gulf of Mexico
  • Discharge: 16,200 m3/s

5. Yenisei-Angara

  • Length: 5.539 km(3442 miles)
  • Countries: Mongolia, Russia
  • Mouth: Kara Sea
  • Discharge: 19,600 m3/s

6. Yellow

  • Length: 5,464 km(3395 miles)
  • Countries: China
  • Mouth: Bohai Sea
  • Discharge: 2,110 m3/s

7. Ob-Irtysh

  • Length: 5,410 km(3,362 miles)
  • Countries: China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia
  • Mouth: Gulf of Ob
  • Discharge: 12,800 m3/s

8. Río de la Plata-Paraná

  • Length: 4,880 km(3,032 miles)
  • Countries: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay
  • Mouth: Río de la Plata
  • DIscharge: 18,000 m3/s

9. Congo

  • Length:4,700 km(2,920 miles)
  • Countries: Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo
  • Mouth: Atlantic ocean
  • Discharge: 41,800 m3/s

10. Amur-Argun-Kherlen

  • Length:4,444 km(2,761 miles)
  • Countries: China, Mongolia, Russia
  • Mouth: Sea of Okhotsk
  • Discharge: 11,400 m3/s

11. Lena

  • Length: 4,400 km(2,734 miles)
  • Countries: Russia
  • Mouth: Laptev sea
  • Discharge: 17,100 m3/s

12. Mekong

  • Length: 4,350 km(2,703 miles)
  • Countries: China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Mouth: South China sea
  • Discharge: 16,000 m3/s

13. Mackenzie-Slave-Peace-FInlay

  • Length: 4,241 km(2,635 miles)
  • Countries: Canada
  • Mouth: Beaufort Sea
  • Discharge: 10,300 m3/s

14. Niger

  • Length: 4,180 km (2,597 miles)
  • Countries: Benin, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria
  • Mouth: Gulf of Guinea
  • Discharge: 9,570 m3/s

15. Brahmaputra-Tsangpo

  • Length: 3,848 km(2,391 miles)
  • Countries: Bangladesh, China, India,
  • Mouth: Ganges(Ganga)
  • Discharge: 19,800 m3/s

Note: The list contains some river systems so as to rank the length from the farthest point of origin to the mouth. Sometimes the length from the origin of a tributary to the mouth is greater than the length from the origin of the main river to the mouth.

Disclaimer: The stats may change with time.

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