Sep 22

How big is Colombia really? Colombia vs. the World Map

how big is colombia

 

That might seem like a strange question, right?! You’re all (surely) thinking: “well, Chris, it’s exactly 1,141,748km2 since you asked!” Aha, but I’m not talking about exact sizes: if we want to be exact then we can state that Colombia is, in terms of area, the 25th largest country on earth, right between South Africa and Ethiopia. It also has the 28th largest population in the world…but those aren’t the things we’re looking at: what we are looking at is how big Colombia is really. Thanks to a funny little mapmaking quirk named the “Mercator Projection” the maps we accept as standard don’t actually show countries’ size in relation to each other all that accurately. Basically, towards the north and south of a standard world map, the countries are distorted in size, and countries near the Equator are shrunk…so, in fact, Colombia is a lot bigger than many people realize: how big? Check out these cool images (created on “The True Size Of…”) to see for yourself…

So here’s Colombia as the world usually sees it…

 

How big is Colombia really?
Colombia’s place on the standard world map…simple, right?!

 

But here’s Colombia compared to France…so Cartagena to Bogota is basically Manchester to Paris…

 

Colombia vs France
Colombia vs France

 

Now vs. Spain: that’s basically just Colombia’s central regions…

 

Colombia vs. Spain
Colombia vs. Spain

 

Colombia dwarfs the United Kingdom in reality! 

 

Colombia vs. the UK
Colombia vs. the UK: the map can’t even handle the raw size!

 

And makes Scandinavia seem a little small as well…

 

Colombia vs. Scandinavia
Colombia vs. Scandinavia

 

Central Europe is fairly covered as well…

 

Colombia vs. Central Europe
Colombia vs. Central Europe

 

A roadtrip along the entire West Coast of the USA would be about the same as the length of Colombia

 

Colombia vs. USA
Colombia vs. USA

 

And check out Alaska! This is where the Mercator Projection seems the craziest: nearer to the Poles.

 

Colombia vs. Alaska
Colombia vs. Alaska

 

I mean, check out Greenland! Crazy, right?!

 

Colombia vs. Greenland
Colombia vs. Greenland

 

And Antarctica!!! It’s getting silly now!

 

Colombia vs. Antartica
Colombia vs. Antarctica

 

However…as much as I like projecting Colombia over the map and making it huge…some countries are just massive!

 

Colombia vs. China
Colombia vs. China

 

Imagine driving that! 

 

Colombia vs. Australia
Colombia vs. Australia

 

However, when you consider that Colombia is second only to Brazil in natural diversity, this map comes out in favor of Colombia, really…

 

Colombia vs. Brazil
Colombia vs. Brazil

 

So what have we learned here? That Colombia, far from being too often overlooked by the world in many ways, is, in fact, much larger than much of the world realizes. How else could we fit in Andes, Amazon, two coastlines, deserts, cosmopolitan metropolises, rivers, lakes, jungles and valleys, right?! So next time you look at a world map, remember the Mercator Projection, and ask yourself, how big is Colombia really?!

Chris

5 thoughts on “How big is Colombia really? Colombia vs. the World Map

  1. Adolfo Cifuentes on

    Great article, thanks for the information, nice to know that you love and sgare your love for my country Chris

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  2. Lina Rodriguez on

    Hey Chris! Thanks for sharing things about my beautiful country, I think most people have no idea about it and always relate it to negative stuff.

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  3. Eddie Bauer on

    I have just come back from Colombia I was visting my Wife’s family amazing country,amazing people my 2nd trip there & Just For the record. The Republic of is not part of the UK

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  4. Anil Deo on

    Colombia is quite large size in area. People are very generous n r cosmopolitan in nature. They work hard. They like Friday Saturday night dance music singing g great. People enjoy life. Spannish is thd lingo. Bur young generation learn English
    Travelling In Colombia is fun . The nature has gist ed them enough resources as natural gas. Eneralds. Green stones. Coffee is superb .Gold is quite a large in mines. Over all good weat her. Flora Found. Good fruits variety of them I visited 3 times. Lovely people lovely country.

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  5. Dave G on

    Nice. Big fan of the word “metropolises”!

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