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How Big is New Zealand?

Based on the standard Mercator Projection (depicted above), New Zealand seems like ……well……relatively small. Our rock is dwarfed by Australia and lost within the vastness of the Pacific Ocean that brags some 20,000 Islands and Atolls.

The fact of the matter is, we are not a continent, but a country. So how do we compare to other countries?

When it comes to a size we cannot compare ourselves with Australia. Although Australia is a country it’s also a continent that boasts a landmass of 7.692 million km² versus our 268,021 km². It is also the least populated continent after Antarctica, only 0.28% of the total Earth’s population living there.

So how big are we when we compare apples to apples. The puts this into perspective.

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We are slightly smaller than Japan that has a population of 130m. However, we are larger than the UK! The UK has a landmass of 242,495 km² and a population of about 66m.

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That’s us compared to South Africa with an estimated 50m plus people.

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When compared to other European countries we get a more realistic perspective of our size.

New Zealand = 268,021 km²

 Romania 238,397
 Belarus 207,600
 Greece 131,940
 Bulgaria 110,994
 Iceland 102,775
 Hungary 93,030
 Portugal 91,568
 Austria 83,858
 Czech Republic 78,866
 Serbia 77,453
 Ireland 70,273
 Lithuania 65,300
 Latvia 64,589
 Croatia 56,594
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 51,129
 Slovakia 49,036
 Estonia 45,339
 Denmark 44,493
 Switzerland 41,290
 Netherlands 41,198
 Moldova 33,846
 Belgium 30,510
 Albania 28,748
 Macedonia 25,713
 Turkey* 23,507
 Slovenia 20,273
 Montenegro 13,812
 Kosovo 10,908
 Cyprus 9,251
 Azerbaijan* 6,960
 Luxembourg 2,586
 Georgia* 2,428
 Andorra 468
 Malta 316
 Liechtenstein 160
 San Marino 61
 Monaco 2.02
 Vatican City 0.44

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