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

Pictured above: West Virginia storing the Netherlands

Our maps show how different countries would fit inside West Virginia

West Virgninia isn't a very large state, its 24,230 square miles ranking it as the 41st largest by area, well below the median. However, if West Virginia were its own country, it would be in the middle of the pack by size. That's right: if West Virginia were to suddenly declare independence, it would be the 123rd largest country by area. With roughly 200 countries in existence, that means that there are about 88 sovereign nations that are smaller than West Virginia. In order to illustrate how some of these countries compare in size to West Virginia, we came up with a hypothetical scenario appropriate for SelfStorage.com: if West 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 West Virginia self storage unit.

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