Most Important Rivers of the World: Names, Length and Countries

Human life and civilizations have developed on the banks of rivers. All the inhabited continents in the world have their share of rivers. We have already published about major rivers of India. Following table enlists world’s most important rivers. Incidentally these are also the longest rivers in the world.

The Most Important Rivers of the World
# River Names Length (km) Outflow Countries Sharing Drainage Basin
1. The Nile – White-Nile – Kagera – Nyabarongo – Mwogo – Rukarara
(Learn about the longest river in the world)
7,088 Mediterranean Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Egypt, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan
2. Amazon – Ucayali – Tambo – Ene – Mantaro 6,992 Atlantic Ocean Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana
3. Yangtze (Chang Jiang; Long River) 6,418 East China Sea China
4. Mississippi – Missouri – Jefferson – Beaverhead – Red Rock – Hell Roaring
(Learn: Major rivers of the United States)
6,275 Gulf of Mexico United States (98.5%), Canada (1.5%)
5. Yenisei – Angara – Selenge – Ider 5,539 Kara Sea Russia (97%), Mongolia (2.9%)
6. Yellow River(Huang He) 5,464 Bohai Sea China
7. Ob – Irtysh 5,410 Gulf of Ob Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia
8. Río de la Plata – Paraná – Rio Grande 4,880 Río de la Plata Brazil (46.7%), Argentina (27.7%), Paraguay (13.5%), Bolivia (8.3%), Uruguay (3.8%)
9. Congo – Chambeshi(Zaïre) 4,700 Atlantic Ocean Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Cameroon, Zambia, Burundi, Rwanda
10. Amur – Argun – Kherlen(Heilong Jiang) 4,444 Sea of Okhotsk Russia, China, Mongolia
11. Lena 4,400 Laptev Sea Russia
12. Mekong(Lancang Jiang) 4,350 South China Sea China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam
13. Mackenzie – Slave – Peace – Finlay 4,241 Beaufort Sea Canada
14. Niger 4,200 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
15. Brahmaputra – Tsangpo
(Also see: Cross-country rivers in India)
3,848 Ganges India (58.0%), China (19.7%), Nepal (9.0%), Bangladesh (6.6%), Disputed India/China (4.2%), Bhutan (2.4%)
16. Murray – Darling – Culgoa – Balonne – Condamine 3,672 Southern Ocean Australia
17. Tocantins – Araguaia 3,650 Atlantic Ocean, Amazon Brazil
18. Volga 3,645 Caspian Sea Russia
19. Indus – Sênggê Zangbo 3,610 Arabian Sea Pakistan (93%), India and China
20. Shatt al-Arab – Euphrates – Murat 3,596 Persian Gulf Iraq (60.5%), Turkey (24.8%), Syria (14.7%)
21. Madeira – Mamoré – Grande – Caine – Rocha 3,380 Amazon Brazil, Bolivia, Peru
22. Purús 3,211 Amazon Brazil, Peru
23. Yukon 3,185 Bering Sea United States (59.8%), Canada (40.2%)
24. São Francisco 3,180 Atlantic Ocean Brazil
25. Syr Darya – Naryn 3,078 Aral Sea Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan
26. Salween(Nu Jiang) 3,060 Andaman Sea China (52.4%), Myanmar (43.9%), Thailand (3.7%)
27. Saint Lawrence – Niagara – Detroit – Saint Clair – Saint Marys – Saint Louis – North (Great Lakes) 3,058 Gulf of Saint Lawrence Canada (52.1%), United States (47.9%)
28. Rio Grande 3,057 Gulf of Mexico United States (52.1%), Mexico (47.9%)
29. Lower Tunguska 2,989 Yenisei Russia
30. Danube – Breg (Donau, Dunăre, Duna, Dunav, Dunaj) 2,888 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%), Ukraine (3.8%)
31. Irrawaddy River – N’Mai River – Dulong River – Kelaoluo – Gada Qu 2,727 Andaman Sea China, Myanmar
32. Zambezi(Zambesi) 2,693 Mozambique Channel Zambia (41.6%), Angola (18.4%), Zimbabwe (15.6%), Mozambique (11.8%), Malawi (8.0%), Tanzania (2.0%), Namibia, Botswana
33. Vilyuy 2,650 Lena Russia
34. Araguaia 2,627 Tocantins Brazil
35. Ganges – Hooghly – Padma (Ganga) 2,620 Bay of Bengal India, Bangladesh, Nepal
36. Amu Darya – Panj 2,620 Aral Sea Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan
37. Japurá (Rio Yapurá) 2,615 Amazon Brazil, Colombia
38. Nelson – Saskatchewan 2,570 Hudson Bay Canada, United States
39. Paraguay (Río-Paraguay) 2,549 Paraná Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina
40. Kolyma 2,513 East Siberian Sea Russia
41. Pilcomayo 2,500 Paraguay Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia
42. Upper Ob – Katun 2,490 Ob Russia
43. Ishim 2,450 Irtysh Kazakhstan, Russia
44. Juruá 2,410 Amazon Peru, Brazil
45. Ural 2,428 Caspian Sea Russia, Kazakhstan; Ural river is considered to be the dividing line between Europe and Asia.
46. Arkansas 2,348 Mississippi United States
47. Colorado (western U.S.) 2,333 Gulf of California United States, Mexico
48. Olenyok 2,292 Laptev Sea Russia
49. Dnieper 2,287 Black Sea Russia, Belarus, Ukraine
50. Aldan 2,273 Lena Russia
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