An island is a land mass which is smaller than a continent and surrounded by water. Island nations are, therefore, autonomous regions. As of latest data, approximately the quarter of all the UN countries lies on islands. By the way, the percentage of democratic societies among island nations is higher, than that of continental countries. Also, during the history, islands showed the tendency towards higher political stability, than their continental counterparts.

Typically, island countries are small. However, there are exceptions, such as Indonesia and Japan. Australia was also once considered an island, although nowadays it is more often referred to as a continent. Many island countries are actually archipelagos (a collective group of several smaller islands), such as Micronesia and the Philippines (which consists of thousands of islands). Others island nation can just be a single island, such as Nauru, or even part of a bigger island, such as Haiti. Island nations come in many shapes and varieties.

Sovereign Island Nations

Antigua and Barbuda

Bahamas

Bahrain

Barbados

Brunei

Cape Verde

Comoros

Cuba

Cyprus

Dominica

Dominican Republic

East Timor

The Federated States of Micronesia

Fiji

Grenada

Haiti

Iceland

Indonesia

The Republic of Ireland

Jamaica

Japan

Kiribati

Madagascar

Maldives

Malta

Marshall Islands

Mauritius

Nauru

New Zealand

Palau

Papua New Guinea

Philippines

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

São Tomé and Príncipe

Seychelles

Singapore

Solomon Islands

Sri Lanka

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tuvalu

United Kingdom

Vanuatu

Dependent Islands

The below is a list of all the island dependencies of the various countries. These islands are not sovereign or independent countries.

Akrotiri and Dhekelia

Aland

Alderney

American Samoa

Anguilla

Aruba

Bermuda

The British Virgin Islands

Caribbean Netherlands

Cayman Islands

Christmas Island

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Cook Islands

Curaçao

Easter Island

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

French Polynesia

Greenland

Guadeloupe

Guam

Guernsey

Hawaii

The Isle of Man

Jersey

Martinique

Mayotte

Montserrat

Navassa Island

New Caledonia

Norfolk Island

Northern Cyprus

Northern Mariana Islands

Pitcairn Islands

Puerto Rico

Réunion

One Saint Barthélemy

Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Sint Maarten

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Svalbard

Taiwan

Tokelau

The Turks and Caicos Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands

Wallis and Futuna

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