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

Pictured: California storing the UK

Our maps show how different countries would fit inside California

Everyone knows that California is huge, ranking as the third largest US state. But did you know that, at 155,779 square miles of land area, California would also be one of the larger countries in the world, ranking at 59th largest by land area, to be exact. That means that, with roughly 200 countries in existence (depending on your definition) there are approximately 141 countries smaller than California. In order to illustrate how some of these countries compare in size with California, we came up with a crazy hypothetical scenario: if California 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 California self storage unit.

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