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How Long Is Your Country/State?  
User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

To get the train to Scotland from London takes about 4-5 hours which i think is long enough. But the UK is only a very average (median) or small (mean) country which gives the impression that transport in larger countries must be gargantuan. Really though, this is deceptive as the UK is fairly long and thin. For example, even though France is over twice the size of the UK by area, it's only slightly longer than the UK.

Boredom/OCD led me to calculate length for the following countries...

UK - Length ~510nm Area - 219,000km^2
France - Length: ~564nm Area: 551,695km^2
Russia - Length: ~4183nm Area: 17,098,242km^2
USA - Length: 2434nm Area: 8,080,4645km^2

So if you are as bored as me, work out your own Country or State.

There's one rule however: It has to be continuous landmass and territory unless they're joined by a bridge or tunnel or are less than 10nm apart. So Hokkaidō would count for Japan, but Alaska or Hawaii wouldn't count for USA.

Your tools...

GCM
Google Maps
List of countries by area

The best bet is to pick 2 distant airport (ie MIA-SEA = 2367nm), find out the range, then do a range scan on each city (2367nm@SEA) to see if there's anywhere else further away.

Have fun!

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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4670 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2433 times:

In a somewhat different factor, but according to an afver from the Dutch Airforce a while back the Netherlands is 5 minutes wide and 8 minutes long.... in an F-16 that is.


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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2375 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

Denmark from the eastern most point of Bornholm to western Jutland is about 292 miles according to Google Earth or 470 kilometers which is actually quite a lot I think.

43,094 km2 or 0.03% of the total landmass of the earth 

This is without Greenland though.


User currently offlineMingToo From Zimbabwe, joined Jun 2009, 464 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

Quoting RJ111 (Thread starter):
Boredom/OCD led me to calculate length for the following countries...

You've done the UK for me, but boredom/OCD led me to try to find the longest great circle routes between capital cities a while back. Taipai to Asuncion (Paraguay) was the longest I could find.

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=TPE-ASU...CGK-BOG,+LIM-BKK,+SGN-LIM,+LIS-WLG


User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2986 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

Quoting RJ111 (Thread starter):
For example, even though France is over twice the size of the UK by area, it's only slightly longer than the UK.



Food for thought, the state of Texas is larger by area than France.

I generally think of the entirety of Europe and the UK as close to the size of the US. That is just a swag without crunching the numbers.

Okie


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2375 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

Quoting MingToo (Reply 3):
Taipai to Asuncion (Paraguay) was the longest I could find.

Incredible how over 90% of the distance is nothing but ocean (Pacific Ocean all the way)


User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

Quoting okie (Reply 4):
I generally think of the entirety of Europe and the UK as close to the size of the US. That is just a swag without crunching the numbers.

Yes that's correct, can we have some of it back please?

Anyway, Texas is 700nm long from southeast to northwest. Which is slightly further than east to west.

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=BPT-ELP&R=700nm%40BRO&MS=wls&DU=nm


User currently offlineFX772LRF From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 675 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2386 times:

Quoting RJ111 (Reply 6):
Anyway, Texas is 700nm long from southeast to northwest. Which is slightly further than east to west.

Ooh, that's a day's drive for my father and I.

I was going to post Texas, but you beat me to it.  

-Noah.   



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User currently offlinefuturepilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2327 times:

Quoting RJ111 (Thread starter):
To get the train to Scotland from London takes about 4-5 hours which i think is long enough. But the UK is only a very average (median) or small (mean) country which gives the impression that transport in larger countries must be gargantuan. Really though, this is deceptive as the UK is fairly long and thin. For example, even though France is over twice the size of the UK by area, it's only slightly longer than the UK.

Consider this, in order for me to travel from New York to Florida, it's usually a 3 hour flight. Most flights in all of Europe doesn't take that long. The U.S. is a very large country and I often wonder how weird it is to live in a small country like England.



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2375 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

Quoting MingToo (Reply 3):
You've done the UK for me, but boredom/OCD led me to try to find the longest great circle routes between capital cities a while back. Taipai to Asuncion (Paraguay) was the longest I could find.

Here's an interesting map:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/Antipodes_LAEA.png

Also, try this:
http://www.antipodr.com/

It can show your exact opposite coordinates  


User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2279 times:

Quoting futurepilot16 (Reply 8):
The U.S. is a very large country and I often wonder how weird it is to live in a small country like England.

It's probably not that different. I have driven to all corners of the UK and as a humble human being capable of roughly 3mph or in my car an average of 60mph, i still feel that the UK is pretty huge. Bigger places are simply massive, supermassive and hypermassive. The jet age has made the world feel smaller, but it's still the same size.

For comparison the UK is similar in population density to Maryland or Connecticut. Of course with the EU we can in theory live and work where we like, but the language barrier will always make that very difficult in practise.


User currently offlineLarshjort From Denmark, joined Dec 2007, 1434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2247 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 2):
Denmark from the eastern most point of Bornholm to western Jutland is about 292 miles according to Google Earth or 470 kilometers which is actually quite a lot I think.

Bornholm is more than 10 nm away from the rest of Denmark. But I get 360 km from Gedser to Skagen

/Lars



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User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2231 times:

Is length the N-S or the longest? Whatever the state in Aus with the longest extent E to W is Tasmania.













Yes, it is a bit of a trick. The Sub Antarctic Islands that are part of Aus are assigned to Aus are part of Tasmania. I will have to check to figure out what they are, but it is a heck of a long way, thousands of kms.

Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve

The Australian Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) lies in a remote and stormy part of the globe, near the conspicuous meeting-point of Antarctic and temperate ocean waters. The islands were unknown to humanity until the 19th century. HIMI is an external territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean at around 53° 05' S and 73° 30' E. It lies about 1500 km north of Antarctica and over 4000 km south-west of Australia.


Location: 54°30' S 158°57' E

Macquarie Island is a subantarctic island located in the Southern Ocean, approximately half way between Australia and Antarctica.


So from 73 E to 158 nearly 159 E. Bit of a "hole" in between! But it does mean "we" have to go fishing in those seas for dumb yachts persons whose yachts fall over while traversing the furious fifties.

[Edited 2010-07-31 11:09:23]

User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2224 times:

Now Canada is big...

Total area 9,984,670 km2 (3,854,085 sq mi)

The province of BC alone is bigger than the UK

944,735 square kilometres (364,800 sq mi)

Its very hard to measure, but from Victoria to Stewart on the AK border is about 600 miles. From Tofino on the west coast of the island to Cranbrook near the AB border is about 450 miles.



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2375 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 11):
Bornholm is more than 10 nm away from the rest of Denmark. But I get 360 km from Gedser to Skagen

True. It's a matter of definition though. You have to cross Swedish borders to go to Bornholm, but Skåne used to be danish anyway though  


User currently onlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12408 posts, RR: 37
Reply 15, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

I live in Jersey, which is over eight miles east to west and five, north to south. I haven't driven from one side of the island to the other; you need to break a journey like this:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en-GB&ie=UTF-8&tab=wl&q=jersey

I live towards the north of the island, in the outskirts of the metropolis of St. John. It usually takes me around 20-25 minutes to get into work, in the centre of St. Helier. The airport is about five miles from St. Helier. To put that in perspetive, it's roughly the distance from the terminal at AMS to the most distant runway (36L).

My homeland is, of course, Ireland, which is around 280 miles N to S, or 150 miles, east to west.


User currently onlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2807 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2214 times:

Quoting okie (Reply 4):
Food for thought, the state of Texas is larger by area than France.

And yet we host about 3 times as many people as in Texas   . So you can imagine how squeezed we are.



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2375 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2214 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 16):
So you can imagine how squeezed we are.

If you want to get squeezed, try Japan  


User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4299 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2193 times:

The province of Mendoza is about 500 kilometers from north to south, and about 250-275 kilometers east to west. 148,000 sqKm, slightly bigger than England, only 1.8 million people.

As for Argentina, all I know is that from to the shores of the Beagle Channel to La Quiaca in the middle of the South American Puna at Bolivian border is about 5,400 kilometers (by road). By plane, it takes about 6 hours and change to fly from Iguazu Falls Regional Airport to Ushuaia International.



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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2188 times:

Texas from East to West: Texarkana, Texas to El Paso, Texas it is 729 miles (1173 kilometers).

Texas from North to South: Kerrick, Texas to Brownsville, Texas it is 782 miles (1259 kilometers).


User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11533 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2130 times:

I did CEC-YUM (I know Yuma is in Arizona, but it is on the border; the farthest points I could think of) and Great Circle Mapper says 822nm. I did STS-TVL (Santa Rosa-South Lake Tahoe) and came up with 155NM, but I am sure it is less going straight east/west across other parts of California. I don't know if SFO would be closer to the coast than STS.

My former home state of Oregon is interesting since there is that little uptick in the northwest corner. Astoria to Brookings is 283nm but The Dalles to Klamath Falls is 241nm. Ontario to Florence is 354nm and farthest points across the state are Brookings-Joseph at 419nm, Brookings-Enterprise 421nm, and Astoria-McDermott 420nm.

What a way to spend a Saturday.... 



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User currently offlinephotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2718 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2123 times:

The longest measureable distance in Canada, would be from the Alaska (USA) Yukon Territories (Canada) border to the city of St. John's Newfoundland. That distance, totally within the country is 5490 kilometers. That's sort of like going from London UK all the way to the middle of AFGHANISTAN!!!! The only country that would have a longer measurement would be Russia, which from St. Petersberg to the bottom of the Kamchatka Penninsula is about 6800 km.

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19408 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

Quoting futurepilot16 (Reply 8):

Consider this, in order for me to travel from New York to Florida, it's usually a 3 hour flight. Most flights in all of Europe doesn't take that long. The U.S. is a very large country and I often wonder how weird it is to live in a small country like England.

Australia mystifies me. There are 21 million people on a landmass almost the size of ours. The New York City metro area is 21 million.

And yet each city in Austrtalia feels large.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2048 times:
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According to the CIA World Fact Book South Africa has an area of 1,219,090 square km. 25th largest in the world.

As it isn't square it is tricky to decide length, but a road trip from the northern border with Zimbabwe to Cape Point is 1,994 km and from Alexander Bay in the west to Kosi Bay in the east is 1,996 km (so much for not being square!)



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3842 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2014 times:

Length of mainland Norway is 1752 Km ( from Lindesnes to Kinnarodden )

Coastline (mainland only ) without fjords and coves: 2650 Km

Coastline (mainland only ) with fjords and coves: 25148 Km

Norway: 323,802 Km2 ( Only mainland, not territories such as Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Bovet island, Peter I.S Island and Queen Maud land )


Norway also controls a sea area that is 7 times larger than the mainland of Norway...


Norway: 4.8 million people




In comparison the United Kingdom is

UK: 242,900 Km2 in area

and

UK: 60 million people



Lot of space in Norway....

[Edited 2010-08-01 03:54:28]

25 KiwiRob : But not much if it is suitable or easy to live in.
26 gemuser : Australia is 3734km (2321 miles) from DRW to HBA. All of New Zealand is closer to HBA than most of northern Australia. Most of us live in or close to
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