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Top 20 Countries Taller than Wide

Name the countries with the most "vertical" shape.
Ratio = ratio of average height to average width. Not counting countries with an area less than 5000 km2. Read the comments for methodology.
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Last updated: September 14, 2019
First submittedSeptember 13, 2019
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Ratio
Continent
Country
3.73
South America
Chile
3.23
Africa
Togo
2.54
Europe
Portugal
2.49
North America
Belize
2.47
Europe
Sweden
2.33
Europe
Albania
2.27
Africa
Malawi
2.27
Asia
Israel
2.26
Africa
Benin
2.15
Africa
Tunisia
Ratio
Continent
Country
2.07
Asia
Qatar
2.07
South America
Argentina
2.07
Europe
Finland
2.00
Africa
Madagascar
1.95
Asia
Taiwan
1.83
Asia
Philippines
1.73
Asia
Myanmar
1.72
Asia
Sri Lanka
1.65
South America
Guyana
1.61
Africa
Chad
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level ∞
Sep 13, 2019
Here's how I computed the average height of a country. I represented each country as a grid of 2500 points. Then, for each point, I calculated how far you could travel in a straight east-west line without leaving the country. The average width is the average of these distances.
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level 58
Sep 14, 2019
This is an interesting way to deal with the problem of anomalous parts of a country affecting its height/width ratio (consider Namibia for example). When I read the description I assumed that you hadn't thought the methodology through - if you are using the arithmetic mean of the widths over all latitudes then average width = area/total height, and average height = area/total width, so average height/average width = total height/total width. Using what is approximately a root mean square is a good way to sort this out (though I would just have used a root mean square). However I am a little sceptical as to whether methodology is working. The ratio for Chile seems like it should be more like 8. What happened? I am also wondering how it treats countries that are large collections of islands. The ratio for Indonesia (I suspect) would be quite close to 1 using your methodology but it feels like it should be less.
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level 74
Sep 14, 2019
Is it TOO thin and you're quickly out of the country when traveling north-south?
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level ∞
Sep 14, 2019
Southern Chile has a very ragged coastline with lots of islands. You probably couldn't go very far horizontally or vertically from many parts in that area of the country.
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level ∞
Sep 14, 2019
Update: September 14. A previous version of this quiz had incorrect numbers due to an Excel spreadsheet error. For example, the number for Chile was only 2.33. This has been fixed now.
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level 72
Sep 15, 2019
Interesting methodology. Floored to see that Myanmar made the list, but not Vietnam. Using the looking at a map and guessing version I would have expected the opposite!
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level 66
Sep 17, 2019
No Norway ?? That's really surprising...
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level 69
Sep 25, 2019
I expected both Norway and Vietnam
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level 60
Oct 24, 2019
So did I. Vietnam is long and skinny certainly more so than Myanmar which is only really skinny to the south. And Norway is skinnier than Sweden. Why not Japan?
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level 72
Dec 16, 2019
They appear in this quiz, which measures thinness of countries regardless of whether they are oriented north-south, east-west, or diagonally.
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level 64
Dec 16, 2019
Norway goes all the way over to russia.. it is basically as wide as norway sweden finland together. Though yes it has a slim waist.. (and a big bottom). Longest north south line would be a bit east of oslo-trondheim
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level 72
Sep 23, 2019
I imagine the sticking point is that the calculations use a strict latitude/longitude basis rather than finding the axis on which a country is tall (which would lead to subjective interpretations of tall vs. long)?
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level 61
Oct 11, 2019
No Laos or Vietnam?
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level 64
Dec 16, 2019
Did much better on this one than the other. Only missed togo, benin, qatar and taiwan. On the other quiz I was floundering and actually below average (2 below I think, only got 1 point)
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level 55
Dec 16, 2019
Sorry, I don't like the methodology. Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Chad, Peru. I don't get it.
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level 47
Dec 19, 2019
I really enjoyed this one. Thanks. I was also expecting Norway, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Japan etc, but methodology is methodology.
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level 61
Dec 31, 2019
"Here's how I computed the average * height * of a country. ...I calculated how far you could travel in a straight * east-west * line without leaving the country. The average * width * is the average of these distances.
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level 68
Jan 5, 2020
Maldives?
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level 66
Jan 5, 2020
What about Maldives?
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level 43
Jan 5, 2020
I almost missed Portugal, how could I
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level 73
Jan 5, 2020
First guess Chile, second guess Vietnam, third guess Mozambique...
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level 53
Jan 5, 2020
How could the Philippines make this list - it's nothing but non-contiguous islands!
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level 42
Jan 5, 2020
I don't get how New Zealand isn't on the list...
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level 47
Jan 12, 2020
Because it's pretty much at a 45 degree angle.