Islands are at times divided between countries and nations. Some live peacefully, others have fought bloodily to get what is theirs. Here is just 1 list of Top 10 largest islands divided between 2 or more nation-states.
1. New Guinea
Sharing Countries: Indonesia/Papua New Guinea
Area: 785, 753 Km2
Description: This is the second largest island and is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Anthropologically New Guinea is a part of Melanesia. Politically, the western half of this island is divided into 2 provinces: Papua and West Papua (both Indonesian territories). The eastern half is its own country, Papua New Guinea.
Sharing Countries: Indonesia/Malaysia/Brunei
Area: 748, 168 km2
Description: This is the third largest island in the world and is near Java Island, Indonesia. 3 countries currently have a claim to the island. Here one can find the oldest rainforests in the world.
Sharing Countries: Cuba, USA
Area: 110, 861 km2
Description: The Island consists of one main island and several smaller islands. During the Spanish-American War, Spain relinquished its territories to the latter. Then territories included
Puerto Rico, Cuba Philippines and Guam in the Treaty of Paris in 1898. When taking office, Theodore Roosevelt abandoned the treaty and gave Cuba its independence in 1902. The loophole allowed US to retain rights to intervene in Cuban Affairs and allowed US to lease Guantanamo Bay from Cuba (Platt Agreement).
Sharing Countries: Ireland/UK
Area: 81,638.1 km2
Description: This is the third largest island in Europe and 20th largest in the world. The Island is split politically between Great Britain (North Ireland) and the Republic of Ireland.
Sharing Countries: Dominican Republic/Haiti
Area: 81, 638 km2
Description: This is a major island in the Caribbean. It recently made news in January of 2010 with a deadly earthquake in Haiti. The Dominican Republic side was unaffected. Both countries are different as Dominicans speak Spanish and Haitians speak French and Creole.
6. Tierra de Fuego:
Sharing Countries: Chile/Argentina
Area: 73, 929 km2
Description: This is an archipelago that is situated in the south of South America. The main island is divided between the two named countries. There are also smaller islands including Cape Horn (which is part of Chile).
Sharing Countries: Indonesia/East Timor
Area: 47, 401 km2
Description: This island is located in Maritime Southeast Asia. It contains the independent state of East Timor and West Timor which belongs to Indonesia. The word is Malay for east.
Sharing Countries: Turkey & Greece
Area: 28 418 km2
Description: Political tensions between the Greeks and Turkish factions of the country continue. The Turkish people also created the Turkish Cypriot State, which is not recognized by United Nations and other countries in the world.
9. Sebatik Island
Sharing Countries: Indonesia/Malaysia
Area: 452 km2
Description: The line that divides the two country stops at the eastern edge of Sebatik. Interestingly enough, Unarang Rock and some of the area in the East are disputed. This is especially the case when it comes to oil deposits in the Ambalat region.
Sharing Countries: Germany/Poland
Area: 445 km2
Description: This is essentially where Poland meets Germany. The island is known as a popular summer attraction ever since the 19th century.