Big Think posted a map showing what the world would look like if the countries swapped places so their population and land mass rankings matched. Pretty interesting.
Strangely enough, the US itself would not have to swap its population with another country. With 310 million inhabitants, it is the third most populous nation in the world. And with an area of just over 3.7 million mi² (slightly more than 9.6 million km²), it is also the world’s third largest country (2). Brazil, at number five in both lists, is in the same situation. Other non-movers are Yemen and Ireland.
Four countries out of ~200 have the same rankings? That doesn’t seem so strange to me. Well, it’s a little strange.
I listed 223 countries and assigned two random numbers to each. Then I ranked both random numbers and counted those countries with matching rankings. On recalculating, it fluctuates between zero and two. I saw a couple of threes and even one five.
I recalculated 100 times and recorded the results.
This, of course, assumes absolutely no correlation between population and land mass, which isn’t true. But I thought there would be more matches.
You can download rankcountries.zip