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World Straits

Written by Muhammad Ali Asif Javaid 7:01 pm Infographics & Charts, Published Content

Important Straits in the World

The most important maritime passages in the world include the Strait of Malacca, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, the Turkish Straits, and the Danish Straits. These waterways facilitate international trade, connect continents, and shape global geopolitics, serving as vital conduits for economic prosperity and global security.
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Muhammad Ali Asif Javaid is currently pursuing his passion for medicine at the International Medical University (IMU), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is also an expert graphic designer.

As maritime passages and chokepoints, straits play a vital role in international trade, security, and navigation in the world. Among the famous straits of the world, the Strait of Malacca—situated between the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra—holds the position of a crucial chokepoint with the ability to disrupt 40% of the world’s trade flow. In Europe, the Turkish Straits—comprising the Bosporus (the site for the Istanbul Canal) and the Dardanelles—the Danish Straits, and the Strait of Gibraltar are crucial passages regulating trade across Asia, Africa, and Europe.

The Panama Canal and Suez Canal are two man-made waterways that have proven to be engineering marvels and revolutionized global maritime trade by providing a shortcut for ships. While the Panama Canal connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in Central America, the Suez Canal, located in Egypt, connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, providing a vital shortcut for ships traveling between Europe and Asia.

Straits in the World
Strait of Malacca
Strait of Gibraltar
Turkish Straits
Danish Straits
Panama Canal
Suez Canal

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