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Top 20 Countries Wider than Tall

Name the countries with the most "horizontal" shape.
Ratio = ratio of average width to average height
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Last updated: September 13, 2019
First submittedSeptember 13, 2019
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Ratio
Continent
Country
2.96
Africa
Gambia
2.58
Asia
Turkey
2.56
North America
Jamaica
2.39
North America
Cuba
2.36
Asia
East Timor
2.26
Europe
Russia
2.22
Asia
Kyrgyzstan
2.14
Asia
Mongolia
2.09
Africa
Guinea-Bissau
2.08
North America
El Salvador
Ratio
Continent
Country
2.06
Europe
Slovakia
2.04
North America
Honduras
2.04
Asia
Cyprus
1.85
Asia
Nepal
1.85
Asia
Bhutan
1.80
North America
United States
1.78
Africa
Central African Republic
1.77
Asia
Georgia
1.76
Europe
Czech Republic
1.76
Asia
Kazakhstan
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level ∞
Sep 13, 2019
Here's how I computed the average width 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 67
Sep 14, 2019
I love this methodology. Even if I did try archipelagic countries that are aligned east-west.
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level 64
Dec 16, 2019
Ah ok, so it is not most western and most easter point. I wanted to suggest to put this in the description, but I see you made a reference...

I always scan the description see if there anything important, no keywords jumped out at me, I skimmed over it (I guess because the sentence is so short and all but the word methodology have no significant meaning, so it didnt register as an important sentence I needed to read fully)

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level 64
Dec 16, 2019
Kind of unfair for the more diagonally challenged countries imo ;)
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level 72
Dec 16, 2019
I agree. This quiz, which rates the thinness of countries, regardless of whether they run north-south, east-west, or diagonally, covers all such countries in a single quiz.
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level 24
Dec 16, 2019
I'm not too sure about this methodology as it excludes places such as Panama, which is incredibly wide and not very tall when you view it on a map, but as it's a ~ shape it's not counted :( I feel like it'd be better to allow the line to pass over the sea so long as it ends up at the furthest away bit of the country at the same latitude, that even excludes the archipelagos in the same way as the original method as it’s unlikely there’s another island at the exact same latitude and if there is, it’d likely get crowded out my all the places where there isn’t another island.
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level 71
Sep 13, 2019
Does this quiz exclude countries smaller than a certain area?
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level ∞
Sep 13, 2019
No.
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level 74
Sep 14, 2019
Guinea Bissau feels wrong when you look at the map
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level 65
Sep 15, 2019
Not Monaco?
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level 64
Dec 16, 2019
Not unless you rotate it, and then all distinction between tall and wide get lost, is it tall and not wide or is it wide and not tall?
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level 43
Dec 16, 2019
Surprised Panama is not on this list
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level 49
Dec 16, 2019
Same. thought if a Central American country was on the list, it would certainly be this one, so when it didn't work, I didn't even try other countries in this region. Missed Honduras and El Salvador.
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level 64
Dec 16, 2019
Wow, that is one wide turkey..I had no idea..
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level 72
Dec 16, 2019
But Cyprus is in... oh never mind
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level 55
Dec 16, 2019
Yemen?
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level 58
Dec 16, 2019
A quiz about being wider than tall that does not include Morocco, Panama, etc, has a very flawed methodology.
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level 40
Jan 5, 2020
Morocco is pretty diagonal, thus making it tall and panama curves quite a bit. North East South West Extremes would over inflate some countries like France and the US.
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level 55
Dec 16, 2019
Yemen and Oman are definitely wider than they are high. Guessing I don't get the methodology here. Lowest point to highest, vs easternmost to westernmost seems most logical...
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level 40
Jan 5, 2020
Your methodology makes sense but would over inflate countries like France or America to giant sizes, because America's Western, Eastern, Southern, and Northern-most points are all in Alaska and Hawaii, and France's Southern-most and Western-most points are in The Caribbean and French Guyana., Also Yemen and Oman are pretty tall by you own methodology, they just orient diagonally.
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level 60
Dec 16, 2019
Please explain why Russia is European - we've always been told Jetpunk (rightly) counts it as Asian.
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level ∞
Dec 16, 2019
Jetpunk has always considered Russia to be European. More than 75% of its population resides in the European part of the country.
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level 37
Dec 16, 2019
Monaco?
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level 40
Jan 5, 2020
Is more diagonal.
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level 20
Dec 16, 2019
I really struggled with this quiz - I don't see why some European countries don't get included, despite being obviously horizontal in shape (eg Bulgaria, Austria, Latvia...) As an example, the distance between the easternmost and westermost point in Austria is roughly twice as long as the distance from North to South (650 vs 300 km), so it should rank pretty high. It's surprising that its neighbor, Czech Republic, gets included despite being "taller" and less wide. Fun idea for a quiz, though.
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level 40
Jan 5, 2020
the mythology is different though, using this mythology you might get countries with extremes like Hawaii, Alaska or French Guyana that are not proportionate to the country's general position.
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level 60
Jan 4, 2020
Yemen?
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level 40
Jan 5, 2020
Pretty diagonal still.