Map showing relative size of Africa

This is a cool map fitting counties into Africa to show its size. Often we visualize the world based on what we hear or how often we hear things. I recall arguing with a Canadian about if the new Russia (a few years after the breakup of the USSR) was bigger than his Country. People in the United States often think there states are bigger then they really are (at least in the east cost) while the small size of relatively powerful European countries often surprises us. For me India with over 1 billion people just seems much smaller then I think.

true-size-of-africa

Note: The mapper did not sort correctly when listing countries by size putting China 3 and USA 4 in the world rankings. The data on the web page correctly has the USA having a larger area so I am guessing it is an excel sort on the wrong variable.

About Matthew Mulbrandon

I really like maps, as I am a geographer, and with the help of my more artistic partner I make cool maps. My focus in work and education has been centred on urban problems particularly housing and transportation. I have built and am working on several agent-based housing models. I am also interested in developing innovative ways to combat urban congestion using buses and electric kick scooters. Also it has led me to more theoretical pursuits such as how we determine if a model or methodology is sound (epistemology). How individuals relate to their social and built environment and their resulting interactions (social theory). Cities and really all our institutions are made of people with all their issues, virtues, and dreams and cannot be discounted when examining policy or predicting behaviours.

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