What are the sizes of countries in fact

Everyone is accustomed to the size of the countries of the world as they are shown on a standard map of the world, which is shown in geography lessons and is often published in the media, and an incorrect image of the ratio of the territory of some countries to others is created.

In fact, it’s not like that at all. If you look at the real size of the countries, then the territory of Russia no longer seems so big compared to, for example, the United States, and Libya is not so small compared to the US territory, but Iraq or Afghanistan are not that big.

China is much larger than the United States and not so much smaller than Russia, which is comparable to the territory of the United States and Canada combined, and if we put together the territory of the United States and Alaska, even more so.

If we take for example all the countries of Europe that took the side of Germany in the Second World War, then the total territory of these countries becomes very impressive and it becomes clear why this war was so cruel and bloody for Russia.

In order to show what kind of world actually IT professionals James Talmage and Damon Manis created the True Size project.

On the familiar maps of the world, it is shown in the way it was portrayed by the Flemish geographer Gerard Mercator in the 16th century. But the fact is that his projection of the world distorts the real dimensions of the countries (the lines of the longitude are parallel to each other, although in reality they intersect at the poles – as a result, the objects at the poles are much larger in size than those at the equator).

On the map of the True Size project, you can estimate this distortion. On the left, there is a search box at the top where the name of the country is hammered, it is allocated on the map and it can be moved to the territory of another country to compare their sizes.