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

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Virginia could be described as a small-to-medium sized state, its 42,774 square miles ranking it as the 35th largest US state by area, just behind neighboring Ohio and ahead of neighboring Tennessee. But as it turns out, you could also describe Virginia that way relative to the world's countries -- in fact, Virginia would move into the solidly medium-sized territory. If Virginia were a country, it would be the 104th largest by area, falling just behind Bulgaria and ahead of Cuba. With 200 or so countries in the world, that means that there are 95 sovereign nations that are actually smaller than Virginia. In order to illustrate how some of these countries compare in size to Virgninia, we came up with a hypothetical scenario appropriate for SelfStorage.com: if Virginia were a storage unit, how would other countries 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 Virginia self storage unit.

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