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Countries by Km. of railroad by thousand of square km.

Name de top 20 countries with the most km. of railroad divided by the times it's surface have 1000 square kilometers
Source is Jetpunk data
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Last updated: September 18, 2017
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119.9
Czech republic
117.2
Belgium
106.34
Luxembourg
93.6
Germany
87.37
Switzerland
84.83
Hungary
74.03
Slovakia
72.07
Netherlands
60.98
United Kingdom
60.58
Poland
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60.31
Austria
59.59
Slovenia
57.44
Israel
56.54
Italy
53.29
Japan
49.45
Denmark
46.85
France
46.19
Cuba
46.01
Croatia
45.18
Romania
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level 71
Sep 18, 2017
from a mathematical point of view, to make it 'fair' on larger countries you should square the length of railroad before dividing. Otherwise an identical country 100 times bigger in area will have a ratio that is 10 times smaller
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level 76
Sep 18, 2017
If two countries both had a similar grid of cities 10 km apart, with railways going along the gridlines, then both countries will have 20 km to 40 km of rail per 100 km2 of area. Not that large a difference. However if you square the length, then a small country, that might have 9 cities, will have a ratio of 36 in comparison to a country with 25 cities' 100. That is a large difference for the same layout.
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level 76
Sep 18, 2017
Another way to think of it is having a country with a rail network like a Nordic Flag. As the country gets extra flags added, on, the rail:area ratio will not change.
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level 50
Sep 20, 2017
Sorry for responding late. I'm with GreenFriday, basic unit for railroad it's kilometer and for surface is square kilometer. A railroad give service not just in it's own long but many kilometers along. Of course, you are right from a mathematical point of view, that's undeniave. But in practise I think the units are right.
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level 76
Sep 18, 2017
Jetpunk data doesn't seem to have Taiwan, which is disappointing. however, according to Wikipedia, Taiwan has 1691 km of rail and an area of 39193 km2, so has a ratio of 46.72 km of rail per 1000 km2, putting it just ahead of Cuba.
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level 50
Sep 20, 2017
It's true Taiwan have not data. I'm not sure about merging sources of info, I'll try to see if I can found all the other countries as it would be unfair take just one of then from Wikipedia.
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level 65
Jun 4, 2019
I like this fact: Vatican has 0.68 km of tracks for 0.44 km2. That makes it top of the list with 1545.45 :)