Lengths of Selected Countries

These calculations are performed with the assumption of nullification of Antarctic claims. These diagrams are generated using the daftlogic wrapper over Google Maps.

(And in case these maps constitute obscuring copyright, these maps are ©Gregorian 2017 Google, INEGI, ORION-ME.)

For reference, the equatorial circumference of the Earth is 40075 km, so 20037 km is the furthest apart two points on Earth can be.

France: 18168 km

france_18168

United Kingdom, according to British claims: 16139 km

united_kingdom

United States: 15326 km

united_states

Norge (Norway): 15098 km

norge

United Kingdom, according to Mauritian, but not Argentinian, claims: 13589 km

united_kingdom_mauritian_claims

United Kingdom, according to Argentinian and Mauritian claims: 10989 km

united_kingdom_mauritian_argentinian
(Sidenote: the longest distance from the Shetlands to Tristan da Cunha just barely edges out the longest distance from Grand Cayman to Dhekelia, that is, by about 60 km, so we will not have to also address British-Cypriot territorial disputes.)

Россия (Russia), according to Russian claims: 8188 km

russia_all_russian_claims

Nederland (Netherlands): 8057 km

nederland

Россия (Russia), according to Ukrainian, but not Japanese, claims: 7974 km

russia_russian_claims

Россия (Russia), according to Ukrainian and Japanese claims: 7941 km

russia_japanese_claims

Australia: 7869 km

australia

中國 (China), according to claims of the Republic: 5750 km

china_republic_claims

Aotearoa (New Zealand): 5721 km

aotearoa

中国 (China), according to claims of the People’s Republic: 5582 km

china_peoples_republic_claims

Canada: 5555 km

canada

Indonesia: 5365 km

indonesia

Argentina, according to Argentinian claims: 5197 km

argentina_argentinian_claims

中国 (China), according to territory actually controlled by the People’s Republic: 5161 km

china_actually_controlled_by_pr

Brasil (Brazil): 5055 km

brasil

Chile: 4655 km

chile

Kiribati: 4570 km

kiribati

Danmark (Denmark): 4054 km

danmark

भारत (India), according to Indian claims: 3929 km

india_indian_claims

Argentina, according to British claims: 3702 km

argentina_british_claims

इंडिया (India), according to Pakistani claims: 3457 km

india_pakistani_claims

México (Mexico): 3364 km

mexico

日本 (Japan), according to Japanese claims: 3304 km

japan_japanese_claims

日本 (Japan), according to Russian claims: 3070 km

japan_russian_claims

Қазақстан (Kazakhstan): 2956 km

kazakhstan

Micronesia: 2795 km

micronesia

España (Spain): 2534 km

espana

Colombia, according to Colombian claims: 2492 km

colombia_colombian_claims

Colombia, according to Honduran, but not American or Nicaraguan, claims: 2436 km

colombia_honduran_claims

Монгол Улс (Mongolia), according to Mongolian claims: 2399 km

mongolia

Repubilika ya Kôngo ya Dimokalasi (Dem. Rep. of Congo): 2364 km

drc

Colombia, according to American or Nicaraguan claims: 2332 km

colombia_american_claims

ایران (Iran): 2277 km

iran

المملكة العربية السعودية (Saudi Arabia): 2276 km

saudi_arabia

Maurice (Mauritius), according to Mauritian claims: 2197 km

mauritius_mauritian_claims

Malaysia, according to Malaysian claims: 2176 km

malaysia_malaysian_claims

ⴷⵣⴰⵢⴻⵔ (Algeria): 2141 km

algeria

الصومال (Somalia), according to Somalian claims: 2136 km

somalia_somali_claims

Portugal: 2129 km

portugal

မြန်မာနိုင်ငံတော်‌ (Myanmar): 2075 km

myanmar

Malaysia, according to Philippine and Indonesian claims: 2039 km

malaysia_philippine_claims

Việt Nam (Vietnam), according to Vietnamese claims and territory actually controlled by Vietnam: 2023 km

vietnam_territory_actually_controlled

Pilipinas (Philippines), according to Philippine claims: 1929 km

pilipinas_philippine_claims

پاکستان (Pakistan), according to Pakistani claims: 1912 km

pakistan_pakistani_claims

Pilipinas (Philippines), according to Malaysian claims and territory actually controlled by the Philippines: 1882 km

pilipinas

Ngola (Angola): 1881 km

angola

Mali: 1856 km

mali

الصومال (Somalia), according to Yemeni claims: 1849 km

somalia_yemeni_claims

Ecuador: 1835 km

ecuador

پاکستان (Pakistan), according to Indian claims: 1736 km

pakistan_according_to_indian_claims

Papua New Guinea: 1721 km

papua_new_guinea

Türkiye (Turkey): 1691 km

turkiye

Venezuela: 1691 km

venezuela

Việt Nam (Vietnam), according to Chinese claims: 1668 km

vietnam_chinese_claims

ประเทศไทย (Thailand): 1656 km

thailand

Sverige (Sweden): 1574 km

sverige

Namibia: 1510 km

namibia

Україна (Ukraine): 1319 km

ukraine_ukrainian_claims

Italia (Italy): 1292 km

italia

Maurice (Mauritius), according to British claims: 1283 km

maritius_british_claims

Sesel (Seychelles): 1219 km

sesel

Cuba: 1139 km

cuba

한국/조선 (Korea), according to claims of either the Republic or the Democratic People’s Republic: 1138 km

korea_claims

Honduras, according to Honduran claims: 1050 km

honduras_honduran_claims

Nicaragua, according to Nicaraguan claims: 1040 km

nicaragua_nicaraguan_claims

Nicaragua, according to Jamaican, but not American or Colombian, claims: 922 km

nicaragua_jamaican_claims

Deutschland (Germany): 903 km

deutschland

Bahamas: 880 km

bahamas

조선 (Korea), according to territory actually controlled by the Democratic People’s Republic: 741 km

north_korea_controlled

中國 (China), according to territory actually controlled by the Republic: 740 km

china_territory_controlled_by_republic

Honduras, according to American, Colombian, or Nicaraguan claims: 739 km

honduras_nicaraguan_claim

한국 (Korea), according to territory actually controlled by the Republic: 679 km

south_korea_control
(Sidenote: South Korea could also be 641 km long (Jeju to Ulleungdo), but through a view that is not consistent with the claims or the control of any country, that is, assuming Japanese sovereignty over the Dokdo/Takeshima dispute. This is not consistent with South Korean claims because South Korea claims North Korea, this is not consistent with North Korean claims because North Korea claims South Korea, and this is not consistent with Japanese claims because Japan does not recognize North Korea, and thus via Japanese claims the longest distance within Korean Republic lands is not Jeju to Ulleungdo. A North Korean resolution of ownership of Dokdo does not add a new possibility for the length of North Korea either, as recognizing North Korean claims North Korea would extend to Jeju and be a longer length.)

Nicaragua, according to American or Colombian claims: 574 km

nicaragua_minimal

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2 thoughts on “Lengths of Selected Countries

  1. FYI: in Hindi, the word for “India” is “भारत” (translit: ‘Bharat”), not इंडिया, which is merely the transliteration of the English ‘India’. The more you know!

    1. Okay; I have used this term previously on this blog (https://zyxyvy.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/nativenames.png), but India’s always a tough choice for settling on a native language name due to its wide palette of languages, despite Hindi being the most common (although it seems a lot of languages use “Hindustan”). In this post, I originally settled on इंडिया because after deliberating a bit about this quandary I decided to choose what Google translate has to offer. I’ll change the name back to भारत.

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