Rivers

There are about 165 major rivers in the world. These major rivers are long and wide enough to be classified as major rivers with large volumes of water flowing through them every day. They have tributaries and provide fresh water to billions of people
River Length (km) Length (miles) Outflow Countries in the drainage basin
Nile – Kagera 6,650 4,132 Mediterranean Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Egypt, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan
-6,853 -4,258
Amazon – Ucayali – Apurímac 6,400 3,976 Atlantic Ocean Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana
-6,992 -4,345
Yangtze 6,300 3,917 East China Sea China
(Chang Jiang) -6,418 -3,988
Mississippi–Missouri–Jefferson 6,275 3,902 Gulf of Mexico United States (98.5%), Canada (1.5%)
Yenisei–Angara–Selenge 5,539 3,445 Kara Sea Russia (97%), Mongolia (2.9%)
Yellow River 5,464 3,395 Bohai Sea China
(Huang He)
Ob–Irtysh 5,410 3,364 Gulf of Ob Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia
Paraná – Río de la Plata 4,880 3,030 Río de la Plata Brazil (46.7%), Argentina (27.7%), Paraguay (13.5%), Bolivia (8.3%), Uruguay (3.8%)
Congo–Chambeshi 4,700 2,922 Atlantic Ocean Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Cameroon, Zambia, Burundi, Rwanda
(Zaïre)
Amur–Argun 4,444 2,763 Sea of Okhotsk Russia, China, Mongolia
(Heilong Jiang)
Lena 4,400 2,736 Laptev Sea Russia
Mekong 4,350 2,705 South China Sea China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam
(Lancang Jiang)
Mackenzie–Slave–Peace–Finlay 4,241 2,637 Beaufort Sea Canada
Niger 4,200 2,611 Gulf of Guinea Nigeria (26.6%), Mali (25.6%), Niger (23.6%), Algeria (7.6%), Guinea (4.5%), Cameroon (4.2%), Burkina Faso (3.9%), Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Chad
Murray–Darling 3,672 2,282 Southern Ocean Australia
Tocantins–Araguaia 3,650 2,270 Atlantic Ocean, Amazon Brazil
Volga 3,645 2,266 Caspian Sea Russia
Shatt al-Arab – Euphrates 3,596 2,236 Persian Gulf Iraq (60.5%), Turkey (24.8%), Syria (14.7%)
Madeira–Mamoré–Grande–Caine–Rocha 3,380 2,100 Amazon Brazil, Bolivia, Peru
Purús 3,211 1,995 Amazon Brazil, Peru
Yukon 3,185 1,980 Bering Sea United States (59.8%), Canada (40.2%)
Indus 3,180 1,976 Arabian Sea Pakistan (93%), India, China
São Francisco 3,180* 1,976* Atlantic Ocean Brazil
-2,900 -1,802
Syr Darya – Naryn 3,078 1,913 Aral Sea Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan
Salween 3,060 1,901 Andaman Sea China (52.4%), Myanmar (43.9%), Thailand (3.7%)
(Nu Jiang)
Saint Lawrence – Niagara – Detroit – Saint Clair – Saint Marys – Saint Louis 3,058 1,900 Gulf of Saint Lawrence Canada (52.1%), United States (47.9%)
Rio Grande 3,057 1,900 Gulf of Mexico United States (52.1%), Mexico (47.9%)
-2,896 -1,799
Lower Tunguska 2,989 1,857 Yenisei Russia
Brahmaputra–Tsangpo 2,948* 1,832* Ganges India (58.0%), China (19.7%), Nepal (9.0%), Bangladesh (6.6%), Disputed India/China (4.2%), Bhutan (2.4%)
Danube–Breg 2,888* 1,795* Black Sea Romania (28.9%), Hungary (11.7%), Austria (10.3%), Serbia (10.3%), Germany (7.5%), Slovakia (5.8%), Bulgaria (5.2%), Croatia (4.5%),
 
 
(Duna)
Zambezi 2,693* 1,673* Mozambique Channel Zambia (41.6%), Angola (18.4%), Zimbabwe (15.6%), Mozambique (11.8%), Malawi (8.0%), Tanzania (2.0%), Namibia, Botswana
(Zambesi)
Vilyuy 2,650 1,647 Lena Russia
Araguaia 2,627 1,632 Tocantins Brazil
Ganges–Hooghly–Padma 2,620 1,628 Bay of Bengal India, Bangladesh, Nepal, China
 
 
(Ganga)
Amu Darya — Panj 2,620 1,628 Aral Sea Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan
Japurá 2,615* 1,625* Amazon Brazil, Colombia
(Rio Yapurá)
Nelson–Saskatchewan 2,570 1,597 Hudson Bay Canada, United States
Paraguay 2,549 1,584 Paraná Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina
(Rio Paraguay)
Kolyma 2,513 1,562 East Siberian Sea Russia
Pilcomayo 2,500 1,553 Paraguay Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia
Upper Ob — Katun 2,490 1,547 Ob Russia
Ishim 2,450 1,522 Irtysh Kazakhstan, Russia
Juruá 2,410 1,498 Amazon Peru, Brazil
Ural 2,428 1,509 Caspian Sea Russia, Kazakhstan
Arkansas 2,348 1,459 Mississippi United States
Colorado (western U.S.) 2,333 1,450 Gulf of California United States, Mexico
Olenyok 2,292 1,424 Laptev Sea Russia
Dnieper 2,287 1,421 Black Sea Russia, Belarus, Ukraine
Aldan 2,273 1,412 Lena Russia
Ubangi–Uele 2,270 1,410 Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo
Negro 2,250 1,450 Amazon Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia
Columbia 2,250 (1,953) 1,450 (1,214) Pacific Ocean United States, Canada
Pearl – Zhu Jiang 2,200 1,376 South China Sea China (98.5%), Vietnam (1.5%)
Red (USA) 2,188 1,360 Mississippi United States
Ayeyarwady 2,170 1,348 Andaman Sea Myanmar
(Irrawaddy)
Kasai 2,153 1,338 Congo Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ohio–Allegheny 2,102 1,306 Mississippi United States
Orinoco 2,101 1,306 Atlantic Ocean Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana
Tarim 2,100 1,305 Lop Nur P. R. China
Xingu 2,100 1,305 Amazon Brazil
Orange 2,092 1,300 Atlantic Ocean South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho
Northern Salado 2,010 1,249 Paraná Argentina
Vitim 1,978 1,229 Lena Russia
Tigris 1,950 1,212 Shatt al-Arab Turkey, Iraq, Syria
Songhua 1,927 1,197 Amur P. R. China
Tapajós 1,900 1,181 Amazon Brazil
Don 1,870 1,162 Sea of Azov Russia, Ukraine
Stony Tunguska 1,865 1,159 Yenisei Russia
Pechora 1,809 1,124 Barents Sea Russia
Kama 1,805 1,122 Volga Russia
Limpopo 1,800 1,118 Indian Ocean Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana
Guaporé (Itenez) 1,749 1,087 Mamoré Brazil, Bolivia
Indigirka 1,726 1,072 East Siberian Sea Russia
Snake 1,670 1,038 Columbia United States
Senegal 1,641 1,020 Atlantic Ocean Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania
Uruguay 1,610 1,000 Atlantic Ocean Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil
Murrumbidgee River 1,600 994 Murray River Australia
Blue Nile 1,600 994 Nile Ethiopia, Sudan
Churchill 1,600 994 Hudson Bay Canada
Khatanga 1,600 994 Laptev Sea Russia
Okavango 1,600 994 Okavango Delta Namibia, Angola, Botswana
Volta 1,600 994 Gulf of Guinea Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin
Beni 1,599 994 Madeira Bolivia
Platte 1,594 990 Missouri United States
Tobol 1,591 989 Irtysh Kazakhstan, Russia
Jubba–Shebelle 1,580* 982* Indian Ocean Ethiopia, Somalia
Içá (Putumayo) 1,575 979 Amazon Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador
Magdalena 1,550 963 Caribbean Colombia
Han 1,532 952 Yangtze P. R. China
Oka 1,500 932 Volga Russia
Pecos 1,490 926 Rio Grande United States
Upper Yenisei — Little Yenisei (Kaa-Hem) 1,480 920 Yenisei Russia, Mongolia
Godavari 1,465 910 Bay of Bengal India
Colorado (Texas) 1,438 894 Gulf of Mexico United States
Río Grande (Guapay) 1,438 894 Ichilo Bolivia
Belaya 1,420 882 Kama Russia
Cooper–Barcoo 1,420 880 Lake Eyre Australia
Marañón 1,415 879 Amazon Peru
Dniester 1,411 (1,352) 877 (840) Black Sea Ukraine, Moldova
Benue 1,400 870 Niger Cameroon, Nigeria
Ili 1,400 870 Lake Balkhash P. R. China, Kazakhstan
(Yili)
Warburton–Georgina 1,400 870 Lake Eyre Australia
Sutlej 1,372 852 Chenab China, India, Pakistan
Yamuna 1,370 851 Ganges India
Vyatka 1,370 851 Kama Russia
Fraser 1,368 850 Pacific Ocean Canada
Mtkvari (Kura) 1,364 848 Caspian Sea Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Iran
Grande 1,360 845 Paraná Brazil
Brazos 1,352 840 Gulf of Mexico United States
Cauca 1,350 839 Magdalena Colombia
Liao 1,345 836 Bohai Sea P. R. China
Yalong 1,323 822 Yangtze P. R. China
Iguaçu 1,320 820 Paraná Brazil, Argentina
Olyokma 1,320 820 Lena Russia
Northern Dvina – Sukhona 1,302 809 White Sea Russia
Krishna 1,300 808 Bay of Bengal India
Iriri 1,300 808 Xingu Brazil
Narmada 1,289 801 Arabian Sea India
Lomami 1,280 795 Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ottawa 1,271 790 Saint Lawrence Canada
Lerma – Rio Grande de Santiago 1,270 789 Pacific Mexico
Elbe–Vltava 1,252 778 North Sea Germany, Czech Republic
Zeya 1,242 772 Amur Russia
Juruena 1,240 771 Tapajós Brazil
Upper Mississippi 1,236 768 Mississippi United States
Rhine 1,233 768 North Sea Germany, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy (minimal), Belgium, Luxembourg
Athabasca 1,231 765 Mackenzie Canada
Canadian 1,223 760 Arkansas United States
North Saskatchewan 1,220 758 Saskatchewan Canada
Vaal 1,210 752 Orange South Africa
Shire 1,200 746 Zambezi Mozambique, Malawi
Nen 1,190 739 Songhua P. R. China
(Nonni)
Kızıl River 1,182 734 Black Sea Turkey
Green 1,175 730 Colorado (western U.S.) United States
Milk 1,173 729 Missouri United States, Canada
Chindwin 1,158 720 Ayeyarwady Myanmar
Sankuru 1,150 715 Kasai Democratic Republic of the Congo
Wu 1,150 715 Yangtze River China
Red (Asia) 1,149 714 Gulf of Tonkin China, Vietnam
James (Dakotas) 1,143 710 Missouri United States
Kapuas 1,143 710 South China Sea Indonesia
Desna 1,130 702 Dnieper Russia, Belarus, Ukraine
Helmand 1,130 702 Hamun-i-Helmand Afghanistan, Iran
Madre de Dios 1,130 702 Beni Peru, Bolivia
Tietê 1,130 702 Paraná Brazil
Vychegda 1,130 702 Northern Dvina Russia
Sepik 1,126 700 Pacific Ocean Papua New Guinea, Indonesia
Cimarron 1,123 698 Arkansas United States
Anadyr 1,120 696 Gulf of Anadyr Russia
Paraíba do Sul 1,120 696 Atlantic Ocean Brazil
Jialing River 1,119 695 Yangtze P. R. China
Liard 1,115 693 Mackenzie Canada
Cumberland 1,105 687 Mississippi United States
White 1,102 685 Mississippi United States
Huallaga 1,100 684 Marañón Peru
Kwango 1,100 684 Kasai Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Draa 1,100 684 Atlantic Morocco
Gambia 1,094 680 Atlantic The Gambia, Senegal, Guinea
Chenab 1,086 675 Indus India, Pakistan
Yellowstone 1,080 671 Missouri United States
Ghaghara 1,080 671 Ganges India, Nepal, China
Huai River 1,078 670 none China
Aras 1,072 665 Kura Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran
Chu River 1,067 663 none Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan
Seversky Donets 1,078 (1,053) 670 (654) Don Russia, Ukraine
Bermejo 1,050 652 Paraguay Argentina, Bolivia
Fly 1,050 652 Gulf of Papua Papua New Guinea, Indonesia
Guaviare 1,050 652 Orinoco Colombia
Kuskokwim 1,050 652 Bering Sea United States
Tennessee 1,049 652 Ohio United States
Vistula 1,047 630 Baltic Sea Poland
Aruwimi 1,030 640 Congo River Democratic Republic of the Congo
Daugava 1,020 634 Gulf of Riga Latvia, Belarus, Russia
Gila 1,015 631 Colorado (western U.S.) United States
Loire 1,012 629 Atlantic Ocean France
Essequibo 1,010 628 Atlantic Ocean Guyana
Khoper 1,010 628 Don Russia
Tagus 1,006 625 Atlantic Ocean Spain, Portugal
(Tajo/Tejo)

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