Top 10 Longest Rivers in the World

The measurement of the rivers is varies depending on the source and mouth of the rivers, so that is very difficult to calculate the exact length. The rivers lengths are given under estimations by some exploration till today. There are hundreds of rivers that exceed over 1000 km in length. Most of the longest rivers source is located in the middle of the regions or on the landscapes and many of the rivers taking birth from the high places such as Himalayas, Rain forests. Himalayas forms many rivers and outflow in Arabian and Bay of Bengal and Amazon is the largest rain forest in the world that created many rivers and outflow in Atlantic Ocean. Commonly rivers that are formed by Swamps, Ephemeral Streams.

Some Brazilian and Peruvian analyzes have hinted that the Amazon is the World’s Longest River by its longest linking tidal canal and Adjacent Para estuary. The Nile River has been considered longer traditionally with total length covers 6,650, The Amazon river has length 6,400 km only 250 km shorter than Nile, Anyway the latest studies in the future can change the Longest River in the World. The Following Top 10 longest rivers in the world are by the data provided by the different sources.

The Amazon river from the air Nile River


Rivers Name


Drainage Basin Countries


1 Nile 6,650 Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Egypt, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan Mediterranean Sea
2 Amazon 6,400 Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana Atlantic Ocean
3 Yongtze 6,300 China  East China Sea
4 Missouri – Mississippi 6,275  United States, Canada  Gulf of Mexico
5 Yenisei 5,539  Russia, Mongolia  Kara Sea
6 Yellow River 5,464 China Bohai Sea
7 Ob – Irtysh 5,410  Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia Gulf of Ob
8 Parana 4,880 Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay Rio de la Plata
9 Congo 4,700 Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Cameroon, Zambia, Burundi, Rwanda Atlantic Ocean
10 Amur 4,444 Russia, China, Mongolia  Sea of Okhotsk