If Alaska Were a Storage Unit, What Countries Would Fit Inside?

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Our maps show how different countries would fit inside Alaska

Everyone knows that Alaska is our largest state. In the self-storage world, Alaska would be a 10x30 storage unit, the biggest of the bunch. But many people aren't aware of just how big Alaska is relative to the rest of the world. As it turns out, if Alaska were its own country it would be the 17th largest, weighing in just behind Libya and ahead of Iran. Since there are give-or-take 200 countries out there depending on your definition, that means that there are roughly 183 sovereign nations that would fit inside Alaska. In order to illustrate how some of these countries compare to Alaska, we came up with a zany hypothetical scenario: if Alaska were a storage unit, what countries could fit inside?

Of course, using maps to illustrate size is a tricky matter, since most 2D map projections distort size in favor of shape. This includes the Mercator Projection used by Google Maps. Fortunately, we found thetruesize.com, a tool which runs on top of Google Maps and accounts for these distortions, allowing for accurate size comparisons. Now you can see exactly how these countries would fit inside of your Alaska storage unit.

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