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Sometimes, people claim that Europe is tiny compared to the US, often when talking about public transportation, or about electrical power distribution, or internet access proliferation. These people are wrong. Here are the figures, retrieved from teh goog.

  • Area of Europe: 3.931M mi²
  • Area of US: 3.797M mi².
  • Area of continental US: 3.12M mi².

The area of Continental Europe is still over 3.9M mi², and so not really worth calculating for the purpose of arguing on the interwebs.

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I've also seen it claimed that you could comfortably park Japan inside of California, because of their relative areas.

  • Area of California: 163,696 mi².
  • Shape of California: Bent Blob.
  • Area of Japan: 145,936 mi².
  • Shape of Japan: Expanded.

So yeah, California has more land area, but Japan will not fit inside of California, unless you crumple it up. It would be interesting to see if the various pieces of Japan could physically be fit into California without any squishing, though.

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