List of peninsulas
A peninsula (Latin: paeninsula from paene "almost" and insula "island") is a piece of land that is bordered by water on three sides but connected to mainland. The surrounding water is usually understood to be continuous, though not necessarily named as such. A peninsula can also be a headland, cape, island promontory, bill, point, or spit. A point is generally considered a tapering piece of land projecting into a body of water that is less prominent than a cape. In English, the plural of peninsula is peninsulas or, less commonly, peninsulae. A river which courses through a very tight meander is also sometimes said to form a "peninsula" within the (almost closed) loop of water.
Presented below is a list of peninsulas.
The Horn of Africa is a peninsula in Northeast Africa that juts into the Guardafui Channel, and is the easternmost projection of the African continent. It denotes the region containing the countries of Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Ethiopia.
Indian subcontinent and South Asia
The whole land mass encompassing North and South Korea is a peninsula, surrounded by the Sea of Japan on the east, the East China Sea to the south, and the Yellow Sea to the west, with the Korea Strait connecting the first two bodies of water.
Europe is sometimes considered to be a large peninsula extending off Eurasia. As such, it is one of the largest peninsulas in the world and the only one to have the status as a full continent, largely as a matter of convention rather than science. It is composed of many smaller peninsulas, the four main and largest component peninsulas being the Scandinavian, Iberian, Balkan and Italian peninsulas.
- Chalkidiki, Greece
- Kassandra, Greece
- Mani Peninsula, Greece
- Mount Athos, Greece
- Peloponnese, Greece (now an island because of the Corinth Canal)
- Sithonia, Greece
- Pilio, Greece
- Istria, Croatia
- Piran Peninsula, Slovenia
- Pelješac, Croatia
- Prevlaka, Croatia
- Split, Croatia
- Zadar, Croatia
- Karaburun Peninsula, Albania
- Luštica, Montenegro
- Gallipoli, Turkey
- Crimean peninsula, disputed between Ukraine and Russia
- Curonian Spit, Kaliningrad Oblast (shared with Lithuania)
- Gusinaya Zemlya
- Kanin Peninsula
- Kola Peninsula
- Kurgalsky Peninsula
- Lokhaniemi Peninsula
- Nemetsky Peninsula
- Onega Peninsula
- Rybachy Peninsula
- Sambia Peninsula
- Soikinsky Peninsula
- Sredny Peninsula
- Turiy Peninsula
- Yugorsky Peninsula
Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe, with strong historical, cultural, and linguistic ties. The term Scandinavia in local usage covers the three kingdoms of Denmark, located on the Jutland Peninsula, and Norway and Sweden, located the on the Scandinavian Peninsula. In English usage, Scandinavia also sometimes refers to the Scandinavian Peninsula, or to the broader region including Finland and Iceland, which is always known locally as the Nordic countries.
The Scandinavian Peninsula, along with the islands, encompasses present-day Sweden, Norway, and the northwestern area of Finland.
- South West Peninsula (western part of the West Country comprising the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, and Dorset)
- Dengie peninsula, Essex
- The centre of the city of Durham, County Durham
- The Fylde, Lancashire
- Brixham Peninsula, South Devon
- Hoo, Kent
- Roseland, Mid Cornwall
- Bere Peninsula, Devon
- Isle of Dogs, London
- Cartmel Peninsula, Cumbria
- Furness Peninsula, Cumbria
- Greenwich Peninsula, London
- Gosport, Hampshire
- Isle of Thanet, Kent
- The Lizard, Cornwall
- Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve, South Devon
- Manhood Peninsula, West Sussex
- Morte Point, North Devon
- Penwith, Cornwall
- Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
- Isle of Portland, Dorset
- Rotherhithe, London
- Spurn, East Riding of Yorkshire
- Shotley Peninsula, Suffolk
- Tendring, Essex
- Wirral, Cheshire/Merseyside
- Ardnamurchan, Lochaber
- Black Isle, Ross and Cromarty
- Cowal, Argyll and Bute
- Doonie Point, Aberdeenshire
- Dunnet Head, Caithness
- Faraid Head, Sutherland
- Kintyre, Argyll and Bute
- Knoydart, Lochaber
- The Machars, Dumfries and Galloway
- Morvern, Lochaber
- Northmavine, Shetland
- Rhins of Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway
- Rosneath peninsula, Argyll and Bute (formerly Dunbartonshire)
- Strathy Point, Sutherland
- Point of Hellia, Orkney
- Point or the Eye peninsula, Western Isles
Other peninsulas in Europe
- Absheron peninsula, Azerbaijan
- Akranes, Iceland
- Au peninsula, Au, Zurich, Switzerland
- Butjadingen, Germany
- Curonian Spit, Lithuania (shared with Russia)
- Fischland-Darß-Zingst, Germany
- Hel Peninsula, Poland
- Heracles Peninsula, disputed between Ukraine and Russia
- Kakumäe Peninsula, Estonia
- Kerch Peninsula, disputed between Ukraine and Russia
- Karpass Peninsula, Cyprus
- North Holland, the Netherlands
- Nesebar Peninsula, Bulgaria
- Sozopol Peninsula, Bulgaria
- Sõrve Peninsula, Estonia
- Tihany, Hungary
- Walcheren, the Netherlands
- Zuid-Beveland, the Netherlands
- Placencia Peninsula, Belize
- Dunlas Peninsula, Melville Island, Northwest Territories/Nunavut
- Labrador Peninsula, encompassing all of Labrador and most of Quebec
- Natkusiak Peninsula, Victoria Island, Northwest Territories/Nunavut
- Storkerson Peninsula, Victoria Island, Northwest Territories/Nunavut
- Wollaston Peninsula, Victoria Island, Northwest Territories/Nunavut
- Cynthia Peninsula (in Lake Temagami)
- Joan Peninsula (in Lake Temagami)
- McLean Peninsula (in Lake Temagami)
- North Peninsula (in Lake Nipigon)
- Ontario Peninsula
- Prince Edward Peninsula (in Lake Ontario)
- Sibley Peninsula (in Lake Superior)
- Península de Azuero, Panama
- Balboa Peninsula – in Newport Beach, Orange County.
- Monterey Peninsula – between Monterey Bay, the Salinas Valley, and the Santa Lucia Range in Monterey County.
- Palos Verdes Peninsula – along the Pacific between Santa Monica Bay and San Pedro Bay, in the South Bay Region of Los Angeles County.
- Point Loma Peninsula – between San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean in San Diego.
- San Francisco Peninsula – between the central−south San Francisco Bay and the Pacific in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Santa Cruz Mountains are a 'spine' along the middle & lower sections.
- Samoa Peninsula – the northern landform between Humboldt Bay and the Pacific
- Tiburon Peninsula – between Richardson Bay and San Pablo Bay in east Marin County of the northern San Francisco Bay Area.
Florida is a well-known example of a large peninsula, with its land area divided between the larger Florida peninsula and the smaller Florida panhandle on the north and west. It has several smaller peninsulas within it:
- The St. Johns River creates a large peninsula over 75 miles in length that stretches from eastern Jacksonville down to the border of Flagler and Volusia counties, where the river emanates from Lake George.
- Fairpoint Peninsula
- Pinellas peninsula, including St. Petersburg and Clearwater
- Much of Tampa lies on a peninsula called Interbay Peninsula jutting out into Tampa Bay
- Cape Sable
- Maryland shares the Delmarva Peninsula east of Chesapeake Bay with Delaware and Virginia.
- St. Mary's Peninsula is defined by the Patuxent River, the Potomac River, and Chesapeake Bay.
- Calvert Peninsula lies between Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River.
- Numerous smaller tidal tributaries form smaller peninsulas on both the Eastern and Western shores of Chesapeake Bay. Named examples include the Broadneck Peninsula in Anne Arundel County and the Elk Neck Peninsula in Cecil County.
- Leelanau Peninsula
- Lost Peninsula
- Old Mission Peninsula
- Pointe Mouillee
- Presque Isle Peninsula
- Tawas Point
- The Thumb
- Waugoshance Point
- Woodtick Peninsula
The rifle-shaped Upper Peninsula of Michigan contains:
- Barnegat Peninsula
- Cape May Peninsula
- Sandy Hook
- New Barbadoes Neck lies between the Hackensack River and Passaic River
- Caven Point in Jersey City is a part of Liberty State Park and Port Liberte.
- Bergen Point and Constable Hook are two peninsulas in Bayonne, which itself lies on peninsula surrounded by Upper New York Bay, Newark Bay, and the Kill van Kull, formerly known as Bergen Neck
- Droyer's Point and Kearny Point mark the mouth of the Hackensack River
- MOTBY and Port Jersey are man-made peninsulas extending in Upper New York Bay
- The Bronx, New York, and Yonkers, New York
- Long Island was once a peninsula connected to North America during the great Ice Ages, and includes two large peninsulas at its east end: the South Fork and the North Fork.
- Cumberland Head
- Coney Island was an island until it was expanded through land reclamation into the Coney Island Creek, thus becoming a peninsula.
- Rockaway Peninsula in southeastern Queens
- Irondequoit, NY (geographical headland)
- Delmarva Peninsula, encompassing parts of Maryland and Virginia, and most of Delaware
- Bark Point, Wisconsin in Lake Superior
- Bayfield Peninsula, Wisconsin in Lake Superior
- Chequamegon Point, Wisconsin in Lake Superior
- Door Peninsula, Wisconsin, in Lake Michigan
- Jones Island, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in Lake Michigan
- Little Tail Point, Wisconsin in Green Bay (Lake Michigan)
- Marshall's Point, Wisconsin on North Bay in Lake Michigan
- Mawikwe Point, Wisconsin on Mawikwe Bay in Lake Superior
- Mokapu, Hawaii
- Presque Isle, Erie, Pennsylvania
- Port Bolivar, Texas
- Roman Point on Siskiwit Bay, Wisconsin, in Lake Superior
- Toft Point between Bailey's Harbor, Wisconsin and Moonlight Bay, Wisconsin in Lake Michigan
- Encinal Peninsula, Flour Bluff, Corpus Christi, Texas
- Kentucky Bend, Kentucky
- Araya Peninsula, Venezuela
- Paraguana, Venezuela
- Paria Peninsula, Venezuela
- Guajira Peninsula, Venezuela/Colombia
- Illescas Peninsula, Peru
- Paracas Peninsula, Peru
- Verde Peninsula, Argentina
- Valdes Peninsula, Argentina
- Punta del Este, Uruguay
- Taitao Peninsula, Chile
- Brunswick Peninsula, Chile
- Itapagipe Peninsula, Brazil
- Cabo de São Tomé, Brazil
- Beecroft Peninsula, New South Wales
- Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria
- Cape York Peninsula, Queensland
- Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory
- Kurnell Peninsula, New South Wales
- Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia
- Dudley Peninsula, South Australia
- Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
- Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia
- Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania
- Inskip Peninsula, Queensland
- Jervis Bay, Australian Capital Territory
- Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
- Redcliffe, Queensland
- Sir Richard Peninsula, South Australia
- Stockton, New South Wales
- Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania
- Wilsons Promontory, Victoria
- Woy Woy, New South Wales
- Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
- Younghusband Peninsula, South Australia
- In the North Island
- In the South Island
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A large peninsula in north-western Europe, occupied by Norway and Sweden … A cultural region consisting of the countries of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark and sometimes also of Iceland, Finland, and the Faroe Islands
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Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland work together in the official Nordic co-operation.