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Thinnest Shaped Countries

Which countries are the longest and thinnest?
Calculations are for the country's main landmass, so minor offshore islands are excluded.
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Last updated: December 16, 2019
First submittedAugust 22, 2014
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length ÷ width
country
12.59
Chile
6.79
Gambia
5.79
Cuba
4.87
Japan
4.52
New Zealand
4.28
Malawi
4.09
Norway
4.07
Togo
3.92
Israel
3.82
Sweden
length ÷ width
country
3.54
Nepal
3.52
Timor-Leste
3.20
Panama
3.08
Mexico
3.01
Monaco
2.90
Jamaica
2.78
Liechtenstein
2.77
Madagascar
2.72
Cyprus
2.72
Taiwan
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level 73
Aug 26, 2014
Nearest misses: Argentina, Austria, Benin, Burma, (Republic of the) Congo, Costa Rica, Finland, Italy, Lebanon, Portugal, Russia, Tunisia, Vietnam and Yemen. If there are any that you think have missed this list, please let me know! Remember that offshore islands, especially distant small ones, are excluded.
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level 72
Sep 13, 2014
Is Eritrea close?
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level 73
Sep 13, 2014
Eritrea's 1.73, reasonably close, but outside the top 20
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level 54
Nov 8, 2014
What about Somalia?
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level 73
Nov 8, 2014
Hmm, an L-shaped country, which makes calculating the ratio tricky! Ratios have been calculated by taking a line running the length of the country (the greatest end-to-end distance) and noting its length and direction. The "width" has been calculated as the greatest distance across the country, on a line roughly perpendicular to the first one. On that basis, Somalia is 2.21, outside the Top 20. But if you use a line at any angle that feels like it's going from one side of Somalia to the other along it's L-shaped length, the ratio would be 3.30, 13th on the list.
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level 64
Nov 30, 2014
laos?
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level 73
Nov 30, 2014
2.08 - there's one part in the north where it's reasonably wide.
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level 73
Feb 21, 2015
Belize, Vietnam, Benin, Russia, Portugal, Italy, what were their answers?
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level 73
Dec 16, 2019
Vietnam 2.67, Portugal 2.57, Russia 2.46, Belize 2.33.
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level 68
Dec 17, 2019
What did you come up with for Croatia? It's weirdly shaped and you can find long east-west and north-south strechtes...
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level 62
Dec 31, 2019
At first glance on a map, Portugal looks "slimmer" to me than Mexico or Taiwan. And how about Turkey?