U.S. States or European Countries by Area

Guess the U.S. states and European countries that have a land area of at least 240,000 square kilometers.
Land area only - not inland water area
For European countries only includes the area within the continent of Europe
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Last updated: December 5, 2019
First submittedDecember 27, 2016
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km2
Country or State
3,790,000
Russia
1,477,953
Alaska
676,587
Texas
553,544
Ukraine
551,695
France
498,980
Spain
410,335
Sweden
km2
Country or State
403,466
California
376,962
Montana
348,672
Germany
314,161
New Mexico
311,888
Poland
304,282
Norway
303,815
Finland
km2
Country or State
294,207
Arizona
294,140
Italy
284,332
Nevada
268,431
Colorado
251,470
Wyoming
248,608
Oregon
241,930
United Kingdom
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Level 64
Dec 27, 2016
Wow! The States are huge compared to the countries of Europe
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Level 71
Dec 28, 2016
We have a couple really tiny states, too! :-)
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Level 84
May 4, 2020
Europe has six "countries" smaller than Rhode Island.
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Level 70
May 4, 2020
kalbahamut, they are still countries, no need for quotation marks...
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Level 84
May 4, 2020
^ some call them countries, like this guy here. Thus, the quotation marks. That's how quotation marks work.
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Level 76
May 4, 2020
are they more countries than Niue or the Cook Islands, which Jetpunk does not recognise as countries?
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Level 60
May 4, 2020
I mean as irrelevant as somewhere like San Marino is, it's still a country. No need to be rude.
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Level 84
May 8, 2020
so.... you're saying you were quoted accurately then? Cool beans.
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Level 61
May 30, 2020
@Kahikatea Yes, they are. They're actual sovereign states, which Niue and the Cook Islands aren't. Those are under the sovereignty of New Zealand.
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Level 28
Apr 20, 2022
They are countries, but a lot of them are actually principalities, which are a type of country, so sometimes you'll see them called principalities rather than nations or countries, but they are just as sovereign as the larger countries around them. Although in some cases they kind of have to follow the orders of the larger countries around them, like the Vatican (not a principality) which is a country that is separate from Italy but kinda has to obey Italy because it would be in a bad place if it didn't.
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Level 66
Apr 24, 2017
Wow! the states are tiny compared to the provinces of Canada.
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Level 74
Jul 19, 2017
lil you measure them by population instead of area....
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Level 80
Jul 19, 2017
LOL
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Level 68
Jul 28, 2017
if you measure by population then many European countries also wind up larger than most states. but nobody asked about population.
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Level 60
Sep 21, 2019
Wow! The provinces of Canada are tiny compared to the autonomous republics of Russia
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Level 73
May 4, 2020
There is one autonomous republic of Russia that is larger than the median size of Canadian provinces.
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Level 51
May 4, 2020
You mean Sakha?
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Level 74
Oct 20, 2020
Funny guy :)
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Level 74
Sep 13, 2021
...and I LOVE your dancing.
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Level 54
Apr 30, 2020
If you try my first quiz they won't look as big as before, because I compare them by livable/habitable area (climate-wise). I also let the Australian States/Territories participate, so it's very interesting:

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/244266/states-of-us-and-au-vs-european-countries-by-habitable-area

please give me feedback on this one as I may want to produce a whole series of it. Thanks

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Level 61
May 4, 2020
kalbahamut has a clear hatred for Europe. I've noticed he constantly posts negative comments about Europe, things that aren't even worthy of criticism.
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Level 69
May 4, 2020
Nah it's not hatred, just typical American arrogant attitude.
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Level 87
May 4, 2020
You guys are being ridiculous.
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Level 74
Oct 20, 2020
BlackJohn, I don't agree that it is typical American. He is on another level bitter about something. He also likes a bit of attention.
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Level 39
Jul 9, 2021
even more so with canada
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Level 42
Apr 20, 2022
Just puts into perspective how big the USA really is. We know it's big. We just don't know how big it truly is. All that empty, vast, unused land roams around in most of those states. Like Nevada. Most of the state is a desert. Yet, we still underestimate the sheer size of the desert that Nevada lies on. Go out of Vegas, Reno, Carson City, and drive 30 minutes, and it's like you're in foreign territory. Truly impressive! Well, unless you needed an emergency. Then you're screwed. But still impressive!!
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Level 75
Dec 27, 2016
just wondering, why are you excluding inland water? I am not used to seeing Italy below 300,000 km2
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Level ∞
Dec 27, 2016
Wikipedia didn't have inland water area for the U.S. states.
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Level 66
Sep 8, 2019
It does now. But the areas would seem odd as the Great Lakes are included.
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Level 81
Dec 30, 2016
Finland is usually around 338,000 km2. With the inland water, that is.
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Level 65
Jul 19, 2017
Finland is a myth dontcha know
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Level 66
Apr 24, 2017
The yanks do that when they want to calculate "land area" to the exclusion of inland water - makes their country #2. However, I argue that what is the water sitting on then? A fifth dimensional vortex?
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Level 59
Jul 19, 2017
In total area, the USA is the fourth, in land area, the third. It's also the third in water area, if you're interested. Also, land area is a better measure of a country's size (in my opinion) as it shows area that can be used for most purposes, excluding only fishing and other related activities.
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Level 83
Jul 19, 2017
A fifth dimensional vortex? Yes, yes it is.
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Level 83
Jul 20, 2017
For some reason, this made me think of my mother-in-law.
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Level 87
Jun 18, 2018
Oh great, another English person who couldn't stand his living god George III going insane about America so they act just like him. Notice I didn't say "British" because that's a term only the English use to describe themselves.
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Level 76
Mar 13, 2021
@DonTheLamplighter What have you against your mother-in-law?
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Level 76
Mar 13, 2021
@someone2018 Yew wot mate‽‽
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Level 70
Apr 7, 2021
Living God? You’ll find that us Brits have mostly put all that religious nonsense behind us. Unlike, er, some people. We just keep a remnant of the monarchical glitter going because it allows us to sell trinkets to tourists the size of houses.
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Level 83
Apr 21, 2022
@JackintheBox - It's called humor. When Hennie Youngman used to say, "Take my wife. Please", did you wonder what he had against his wife?
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Level 63
Dec 27, 2016
"Inland water are", think you forgot an 'a' there
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Level ∞
Dec 27, 2016
Okay, fixed
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Level 73
Dec 31, 2016
Can't believe I forgot Nevada, after driving across it so many times.
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Level 45
Jan 1, 2017
Me, too!
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Level 76
Jul 18, 2017
i did the same thing. :o
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Level 58
Jul 19, 2017
Nevada is forgettable.
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Level 80
Jul 19, 2017
Well, Vegas and Reno are pretty memorable--especially if you win!
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Level 76
Mar 13, 2021
Even more so than Wyoming?
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Level 51
Feb 23, 2017
A lot easier than the same quiz for population...
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Level 80
Feb 25, 2017
But just as enjoyable!
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Level 41
May 4, 2017
Got em' all
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Level 64
Jul 19, 2017
Turkey and Kazakhstan are missing.
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Level 72
Jul 19, 2017
It only includes the area for Turkey which is within Europe. Turkey is mostly in Asia. And Kazakhstan is completely in Asia.
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Level 87
Aug 10, 2018
Ummm...I think you don't know your left hand from your right nor east from west.
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Level 60
Jul 19, 2017
Dude...
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Level 71
May 4, 2020
Well European park of Turkey (East Thrace) is obviously smaller than any of the countries/states on the list, so is the European part of Kazakhstan (a lot of people seem to think Kazakhstan is completely Asian - although this is also disputable)
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Level 75
Jul 19, 2017
Oregon had me stumped for a while...
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Level 80
Jul 19, 2017
Me too, and that's my home state--and I knew it was one of the bigger states.
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Level 63
Nov 5, 2019
I thought Minnesota was bigger
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Level 65
Jul 19, 2017
I thought there would be a lot more than only 10 US States that were bigger than The UK.
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Level 80
Jul 19, 2017
I'm surprised the UK was nearly as large as Oregon.
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Level 80
Jul 19, 2017
I mean IS nearly as large as Oregon.
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Level 59
Jul 23, 2017
It is funny how the borders and sizes of the first US states are far more like Europe, but then as we started settling the territory added from the Mexican-American War, we just made lots of large, box-shaped states like Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, etc. States born out of lines on maps and not rivers or natural borders like much of Europe and like much of the earliest-settled states on the east coast.
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Level 32
Jul 29, 2017
Denmark should be considered on this quiz because it encompasses Greenland as well as the mainland area on Europe.
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Level 90
May 31, 2018
if you do include overseas territories, denmark jumps from nowhere to 2nd, france has a total of 661,000km2 putting it ahead of ukraine but still in 5th and uk moves up 2 places to 261000km2 (all excluding any claims to antarctica).
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Level 68
Oct 30, 2018
Inspired by this quiz, I made a Canadian Provinces and African Countries version!
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Level 53
Apr 21, 2020
Good choice!
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Level 85
Apr 21, 2022
Sadly, Stewart's hyperlink does not work, but this one should do the trick.
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Level 53
Mar 23, 2019
These should be measured in miles so all the states would be bigger!
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Level 28
Feb 29, 2020
This quiz is somewhat worng on every Country and state:

Russia: 17 075 200 km² ( 13 285 200 difference)

Turkey: 780 580 km² (Not even here)

Ukraine: 603 700 km² (Which is not bigger than France)

France: 643 427 km²

Spain: 504 782 km²

Sweden: 449 964 km²

Germany: 357 021 km²

Poland: 312 679 km²

Norway: 385 180 km² (Is bigger than Poland)

Finland: 338 145 km² (Also bigger than Poland)

Italy: 301 230 km

1 Alaska 1 717 859

2 Texas 678 051

3 California 423 970

4 Montana 380 838

5 New Mexico 314 915

6 Arizona 295 254

7 Nevada 286 351

8 Colorado 269 601

9 Oregon 254 805

10 Wyoming 253 348

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Level 58
May 4, 2020
pretty sure only the european part of russia was included, and turkey is considered to be in asia on jetpunk. but, every other size is wrong. don't know how they managed to do that. also, it's spelled "wrong," not "worng"
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Level 61
Nov 16, 2020
You're correct with Russia and Turkey (although does anybody actually consider Turkey a European country?)

I imagine the discrepancies with some of the other countries are:

a) excludes non-European territories e.g. France

b) excludes inland water area e.g. Norway, Finland, etc

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Level 65
Apr 20, 2022
If you look in the instructions the quiz asks only for land area, excluding inland waters. That's exactly the same discussion they had just above your comment.
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Level 53
Apr 21, 2020
Hmm how many people only thought of guessing the UK because Uk are the first two letters of Ukraine..?
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Level 34
May 4, 2020
JonOfKent Me
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Level 56
Jul 4, 2021
Same!
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Level 56
May 4, 2020
First of all, Finland is by area over 20 000 km2 larger than implied on this quiz and also larger than Poland. Also larger than Norway but only if Svalbard is excluded.
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Level 82
Apr 20, 2022
I suspect those figures are including water, which this quiz doesn't. Alaska's area, for example, is roughly a whole Italy smaller than is usually given, thanks to all of its lakes.
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Level 56
May 4, 2020
Can't believe I got all of them except California...
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Level 56
Jul 4, 2021
My state
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Level 62
May 4, 2020
2:27 left
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Level 34
May 4, 2020
ALA02 hehehe
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Level 54
Nov 7, 2020
19/20 but got no points. What's with that?
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Level 68
Apr 20, 2022
OMG I missed California.
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Level 82
Apr 20, 2022
This could work with Canada, Australia, Brazil and China pretty well too. And in the case of China and Brazil, with population too.
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Level 65
Aug 12, 2022
finally, montana gets the respect it deserves. Everyone always forgets poor #4...