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  • Area > Comparative: The area of various small countries expressed in comparison to various areas within the United States of America.
  • Area > Land: Total land area in square kilometres
  • Area > Land > Per capita: Total land area in square kilometres Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Area > Total: Total area in square kilometers
  • Average precipitation in depth > Mm per year: Average precipitation in depth (mm per year). Average precipitation is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid.
  • Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year: Average rainfall is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid.
  • Climate: A brief description of typical weather regimes throughout the year.
  • Coastline: The total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea.
  • Geographic coordinates: This entry includes rounded latitude and longitude figures for the purpose of finding the approximate geographic center of an entity and is based on the Gazetteer of Conventional Names, Third Edition, August 1988, US Board on Geographic Names and on other sources.
  • Land area > Sq. km: Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes."
  • Land area > Square miles: Country land area.
  • Location: The country's regional location, neighboring countries, and adjacent bodies of water.
  • Natural resources: A country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.
  • Surface area > Sq. km: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways.
  • Terrain: A brief description of the topography
  • Area > Comparative to US places: This entry provides an area comparison based on total area equivalents. Most entities are compared with the entire US or one of the 50 states based on area measurements (1990 revised) provided by the US Bureau of the Census. The smaller entities are compared with Washington, DC (178 sq km, 69 sq mi) or The Mall in Washington, DC (0.59 sq km, 0.23 sq mi, 146 acres).
  • Area > Water: Total water area in square kilometers
  • Total area > Sq. km: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways."
  • Population density > People per sq. km: Population density is midyear population divided by land area in square kilometers. Population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship--except for refugees not permanently settled in the country of asylum, who are generally considered part of the population of their country of origin. Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes.
  • Land boundaries > Border countries: Length of land boundaries by border country
  • Maritime claims > Territorial sea: territorial sea - the sovereignty of a coastal State extends beyond its land territory and internal waters to an adjacent belt of sea, described as the territorial sea in the LOS Convention (Part II); this sovereignty extends to the air space over the territorial sea as well as its underlying seabed and subsoil; every State has the right to establish the breadth of its territorial sea up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles. A full and definitive definition can be found in the Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention.
  • Rural population density > Rural population per sq. km of arable land: Rural population density is the rural population divided by the arable land area. Rural population is calculated as the difference between the total population and the urban population. Arable land includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow. Land abandoned as a result of shifting cultivation is excluded.
  • Land use > Arable land: The percentage of used land that is arable. Arable land is land cultivated for crops that are replanted after each harvest like wheat, maize, and rice
  • Natural hazards: Potential natural disasters.
  • Elevation extremes > Highest point: Highest point above sea level
  • Irrigated land: The number of square kilometers of land area that is artificially supplied with water.
  • Area > Land per 1000: Total land area in square kilometres. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Elevation extremes > Lowest point: This entry is derived from Geography > Elevation extremes, which includes both the highest point and the lowest point.
  • Land area > Sq. km > Per capita: Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes." Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Land use > Other: The percentage share of used land that is not arable or under permanent crops. This includes permanent meadows and pastures, forests and woodlands, built-on areas, roads, barren land, etc.
  • Forest area > Sq. km: Forest area is land under natural or planted stands of trees of at least 5 meters in situ, whether productive or not, and excludes tree stands in agricultural production systems (for example, in fruit plantations and agroforestry systems) and trees in urban parks and gardens."
  • Population density: People per square kilometre, in 1999. At this time the world average was 14.42.
  • Coastline per 1000: The total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Capital city with population: Capital cities including most recent population (estimates included). Populations are figures only within the city limits, unless otherwise specified. All populations are from 2001 t0 2005 unless otherwise specified.
  • Environment > Current issues: This entry lists the most pressing and important environmental problems. The following terms and abbreviations are used throughout the entry:
    Acidification - the lowering of soil and water pH due to acid precipitation and deposition usually through precipitation; this process disrupts ecosystem nutrient flows and may kill freshwater fish and plants dependent on more neutral or alkaline conditions (see acid rain).
    Acid rain - characterized as containing harmful levels of sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxide; acid rain is damaging and potentially deadly to the earth's fragile ecosystems; acidity is measured using the pH scale where 7 is neutral, values greater than 7 are considered alkaline, and values below 5.6 are considered acid precipitation; note - a pH of 2.4 (the acidity of vinegar) has been measured in rainfall in New England.
    Aerosol - a collection of airborne particles dispersed in a gas, smoke, or fog.
    Afforestation - converting a bare or agricultural space by planting trees and plants; reforestation involves replanting trees on areas that have been cut or destroyed by fire.
    Asbestos - a naturally occurring soft fibrous mineral commonly used in fireproofing materials and considered to be highly carcinogenic in particulate form.
    Biodiversity - also biological diversity; the relative number of species, diverse in form and function, at the genetic, organism, community, and ecosystem level; loss of biodiversity reduces an ecosystem's ability to recover from natural or man-induced disruption.
    Bio-indicators - a plant or animal species whose presence, abundance, and health reveal the general condition of its habitat.
    Biomass - the total weight or volume of living matter in a given area or volume.
    Carbon cycle - the term used to describe the exchange of carbon (in various forms, e.g., as carbon dioxide) between the atmosphere, ocean, terrestrial biosphere, and geological deposits.
    Catchments - assemblages used to capture and retain rainwater and runoff; an important water management technique in areas with limited freshwater resources, such as Gibraltar.
    DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane) - a colorless, odorless insecticide that has toxic effects on most animals; the use of DDT was banned in the US in 1972.
    Defoliants - chemicals which cause plants to lose their leaves artificially; often used in agricultural practices for weed control, and may have detrimental impacts on human and ecosystem health.
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  • Largest city with population: Largest cities including most recent population (estimates included). Populations are figures only within the city limits, unless otherwise specified. All populations are from 2001 t0 2005 unless otherwise specified.
  • Surface area > Sq. km per 1000: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Note: This entry includes miscellaneous geographic information of significance not included elsewhere.
  • Land use > Permanent crops: The percentage share of used land on which permanent crops are grown. This is land cultivated for crops that are not replanted after each harvest like citrus, coffee, and rubber. It includes land under flowering shrubs, fruit trees, nut trees, and vines, but excludes land under trees grown for wood or timber.
  • Area > Total per 1000: Total area in square kilometers. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Map references: The name of the CIA World Factbook reference map on which a country may be found. The entry on Geographic coordinates may be helpful in finding some smaller countries.
  • Environment > International agreements > Party to: This entry is derived from Geography > Environment > International agreements, which separates country participation in international environmental agreements into two levels - party to and signed, but not ratified. Agreements are listed in alphabetical order by the abbreviated form of the full name.
  • Border to area ratio: The ratio of a country's land border to its surface area.
  • Area > Water per 1000: Total water area in square kilometers. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Surface area > Sq. km > Per capita: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways. Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Highest point: Name of country’s highest point.
  • Land boundaries > Total: The total length of all land boundaries and the individual lengths for each of the contiguous border countries
  • Irrigated land > Per capita: The number of square kilometers of land area that is artificially supplied with water. Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Capital: Country capital.
  • Road density > Km of road per 100 sq. km of land area: Road density (km of road per 100 sq. km of land area). Road density is the ratio of the length of the country's total road network to the country's land area. The road network includes all roads in the country: motorways, highways, main or national roads, secondary or regional roads, and other urban and rural roads.
  • Highest point elevation: Name of country’s highest point.
  • Area > Water > Per capita: Total water area in square kilometers Per capita figures expressed per 1 million population.
  • Marine Coastline: Length of each country's coastline in kilometers.
  • Google Street View, year added: Year in which country was first covered by Google Street View.
  • Precipitation: Average Annual Precipitation in Largest City (mm, 1931-1960)
  • Irrigated land per million: The number of square kilometers of land area that is artificially supplied with water. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Countries on other side of the world: Countries diametrically opposite of each other. For instance, if one were to draw a straight line though the center of the earth in Argentina it would end in China. These countries are considered antipodes.
  • Forested Land: Forested land as a proportion of total land area, estimate by FAO
  • Continent or sub continent: Within Continent / Subcontinent.

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  • Area > Total > Per capita: Total area in square kilometers Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Land boundaries > Total per million: The total length of all land boundaries and the individual lengths for each of the contiguous border countries. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Northernmost point latitude: Latitude.

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  • Lowest point: Lowest point.

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  • Environment > International agreements > Signed, but not ratified: This entry is derived from Geography > Environment > International agreements, which separates country participation in international environmental agreements into two levels - party to and signed, but not ratified. Agreements are listed in alphabetical order by the abbreviated form of the full name.
  • Area > Note: This entry includes three subfields. Total area is the sum of all land and water areas delimited by international boundaries and/or coastlines. Land area is the aggregate of all surfaces delimited by international boundaries and/or coastlines, excluding inland water bodies (lakes, reservoirs, rivers). Water area is the sum of the surfaces of all inland water bodies, such as lakes, reservoirs, or rivers, as delimited by international boundaries and/or coastlines.
  • Low-lying areas > Elevation under 5 metres > % of land area: Land area where elevation is below 5 meters (% of total land area). Land area below 5m is the percentage of total land where the elevation is 5 meters or less.
  • Land boundaries > Total > Per capita: The total length of all land boundaries and the individual lengths for each of the contiguous border countries Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Forest area > % of land area: Forest area is land under natural or planted stands of trees of at least 5 meters in situ, whether productive or not, and excludes tree stands in agricultural production systems (for example, in fruit plantations and agroforestry systems) and trees in urban parks and gardens."
  • Terrestrial protected areas > % of total land area: Terrestrial protected areas (% of total land area). Terrestrial protected areas are totally or partially protected areas of at least 1,000 hectares that are designated by national authorities as scientific reserves with limited public access, national parks, natural monuments, nature reserves or wildlife sanctuaries, protected landscapes, and areas managed mainly for sustainable use. Marine areas, unclassified areas, littoral (intertidal) areas, and sites protected under local or provincial law are excluded.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total: This entry provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal.
  • Population living in areas where elevation is below 5 meters > % of total population: Population living in areas where elevation is below 5 meters (% of total population). Population below 5m is the percentage of the total population living in areas where the elevation is 5 meters or less.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total: This entry is derived from Geography > Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural , which provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita: This entry provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita per million people: This entry provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Terrestrial and marine protected areas > % of total territorial area: Terrestrial and marine protected areas (% of total territorial area). Terrestrial protected areas are totally or partially protected areas of at least 1,000 hectares that are designated by national authorities as scientific reserves with limited public access, national parks, natural monuments, nature reserves or wildlife sanctuaries, protected landscapes, and areas managed mainly for sustainable use. Marine protected areas are areas of intertidal or subtidal terrain--and overlying water and associated flora and fauna and historical and cultural features--that have been reserved by law or other effective means to protect part or all of the enclosed environment. Sites protected under local or provincial law are excluded.
  • Lowest point altitude: Altitude.

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  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total per million people: This entry provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita: This entry is derived from Geography > Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural , which provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita per million people: This entry is derived from Geography > Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural , which provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total per million people: This entry is derived from Geography > Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural , which provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Northernmost point: Northernmost point.

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  • Agricultural land > % of land area: Agricultural land refers to the share of land area that is arable, under permanent crops, and under permanent pastures. Arable land includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow. Land abandoned as a result of shifting cultivation is excluded. Land under permanent crops is land cultivated with crops that occupy the land for long periods and need not be replanted after each harvest, such as cocoa, coffee, and rubber. This category includes land under flowering shrubs, fruit trees, nut trees, and vines, but excludes land under trees grown for wood or timber. Permanent pasture is land used for five or more years for forage, including natural and cultivated crops.
  • Arable land > % of land area: Arable land (% of land area). Arable land includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow. Land abandoned as a result of shifting cultivation is excluded.
STAT United Kingdom United States HISTORY
Area > Comparative slightly smaller than Oregon about half the size of Russia; about three-tenths the size of Africa; about half the size of South America (or slightly larger than Brazil); slightly larger than China; more than twice the size of the European Union
Area > Land 241,590 sq km
Ranked 77th.
9.16 million sq km
Ranked 4th. 38 times more than United Kingdom

Area > Land > Per capita 3.96 sq km per 1,000 people
Ranked 176th.
30.16 sq km per 1,000 people
Ranked 60th. 8 times more than United Kingdom

Area > Total 243,610 sq km
Ranked 81st.
9.83 million sq km
Ranked 4th. 40 times more than United Kingdom

Average precipitation in depth > Mm per year 1,220
Ranked 73th. 71% more than United States
715
Ranked 110th.

Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year 1,220
Ranked 70th. 71% more than United States
715
Ranked 105th.
Climate temperate; moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current; more than one-half of the days are overcast mostly temperate, but tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska, semiarid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest; low winter temperatures in the northwest are ameliorated occasionally in January and February by warm chinook winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains
Coastline 12,429 km
Ranked 14th.
19,924 km
Ranked 9th. 60% more than United Kingdom

Geographic coordinates 54 00 N, 2 00 W 38 00 N, 97 00 W
Land area > Sq. km 241,930 sq km
Ranked 76th.
9.16 million sq km
Ranked 3rd. 38 times more than United Kingdom

Land area > Square miles 93,638 square miles
Ranked 34th.
3.8 million square miles
Ranked 2nd. 41 times more than United Kingdom
Location Western Europe, islands - including the northern one-sixth of the island of Ireland - between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea; northwest of France North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico
Natural resources coal, petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, lead, zinc, gold, tin, limestone, salt, clay, chalk, gypsum, potash, silica sand, slate, arable land coal, copper, lead, molybdenum, phosphates, rare earth elements, uranium, bauxite, gold, iron, mercury, nickel, potash, silver, tungsten, zinc, petroleum, natural gas, timber
Surface area > Sq. km 243,610 km²
Ranked 78th.
9.63 million km²
Ranked 3rd. 40 times more than United Kingdom

Terrain mostly rugged hills and low mountains; level to rolling plains in east and southeast vast central plain, mountains in west, hills and low mountains in east; rugged mountains and broad river valleys in Alaska; rugged, volcanic topography in Hawaii
Area > Comparative to US places slightly smaller than Oregon about half the size of Russia; about three-tenths the size of Africa; about half the size of South America (or slightly larger than Brazil); slightly larger than China; more than twice the size of the European Union
Area > Water 1,680 sq km
Ranked 94th.
664,709 sq km
Ranked 3rd. 396 times more than United Kingdom

Total area > Sq. km 243,610
Ranked 76th.
9.63 million
Ranked 3rd. 40 times more than United Kingdom

Population density > People per sq. km 248.94 people/m²
Ranked 39th. 8 times more than United States
32.35 people/m²
Ranked 149th.

Land boundaries > Border countries Ireland 360 km Canada 8,893 km (including 2,477 km with Alaska), Mexico 3,141 km
Maritime claims > Territorial sea 12 nautical mile
Ranked 108th. The same as United States
12 nautical mile
Ranked 61st.

Rural population density > Rural population per sq. km of arable land 108.28 people/km² of arable lan
Ranked 53th. 3 times more than United States
32.62 people/km² of arable lan
Ranked 70th.

Land use > Arable land 24.88%
Ranked 38th. 53% more than United States
16.29%
Ranked 65th.

Natural hazards winter windstorms; floods tsunamis; volcanoes; earthquake activity around Pacific Basin; hurricanes along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts; tornadoes in the Midwest and Southeast; mud slides in California; forest fires in the west; flooding; permafrost in northern Alaska, a major impediment to development
Elevation extremes > Highest point Ben Nevis 1,343 m Mount McKinley (Denali) 6,194 m (highest point in North America)
Irrigated land 1,950 sq km
Ranked 75th.
230,000 sq km
Ranked 3rd. 118 times more than United Kingdom

Area > Land per 1000 3.94 sq km
Ranked 159th.
30.13 sq km
Ranked 51st. 8 times more than United Kingdom

Elevation extremes > Lowest point The Fens -4 m Death Valley -86 m
Land area > Sq. km > Per capita 3.97 per 1,000 people
Ranked 160th.
30.16 per 1,000 people
Ranked 56th. 8 times more than United Kingdom

Land use > Other 74.93%
Ranked 188th.
83.44%
Ranked 150th. 11% more than United Kingdom

Forest area > Sq. km 28,658
Ranked 88th.
3.03 million
Ranked 4th. 106 times more than United Kingdom

Population density 244.69 people per sqkm
Ranked 48th. 8 times more than United States
29.77 people per sqkm
Ranked 167th.
Coastline per 1000 0.198 km
Ranked 77th. 3 times more than United States
0.0639 km
Ranked 114th.

Capital city with population London - 7,500,000 Washington, D.C. - 606,900
Environment > Current issues continues to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (has met Kyoto Protocol target of a 12.5% reduction from 1990 levels and intends to meet the legally binding target and move toward a domestic goal of a 20% cut in emissions by 2010); by 2005 the government reduced the amount of industrial and commercial waste disposed of in landfill sites to 85% of 1998 levels and recycled or composted at least 25% of household waste, increasing to 33% by 2015 air pollution resulting in acid rain in both the US and Canada; large emitter of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels; water pollution from runoff of pesticides and fertilizers; limited natural freshwater resources in much of the western part of the country require careful management; desertification
Largest city with population London - 7,500,000 New York City - 8,168,338
Total renewable water resources None None
Surface area > Sq. km per 1000 4.05 km²
Ranked 162nd.
32.59 km²
Ranked 53th. 8 times more than United Kingdom

Note lies near vital North Atlantic sea lanes; only 35 km from France and linked by tunnel under the English Channel; because of heavily indented coastline, no location is more than 125 km from tidal waters world's third-largest country by size (after Russia and Canada) and by population (after China and India); Mt. McKinley is highest point in North America and Death Valley the lowest point on the continent
Land use > Permanent crops 0.18%
Ranked 172nd.
0.26%
Ranked 164th. 44% more than United Kingdom

Area > Total per 1000 3.99 sq km
Ranked 162nd.
32.31 sq km
Ranked 51st. 8 times more than United Kingdom

Map references Europe North America
Environment > International agreements > Party to Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Sulfur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Seals, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Seals, Antarctic Treaty, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
Border to area ratio 0.00148 km/km²
Ranked 153th. 17% more than United States
0.00126 km/km²
Ranked 155th.
Area > Water per 1000 0.0526 sq km
Ranked 109th.
2.19 sq km
Ranked 19th. 42 times more than United Kingdom

Surface area > Sq. km > Per capita 4.04 km² per 1,000 people
Ranked 166th.
32.5 km² per 1,000 people
Ranked 54th. 8 times more than United Kingdom

Highest point Ben Nevis Mount McKinley
Land boundaries > Total 360 km
Ranked 145th.
12,034 km
Ranked 6th. 33 times more than United Kingdom

Irrigated land > Per capita 0.029 sq km per 1,000 people
Ranked 142nd.
0.77 sq km per 1,000 people
Ranked 26th. 27 times more than United Kingdom

Capital London Washington DC
Freshwater > Withdrawal > Total 11.75 477
Road density > Km of road per 100 sq. km of land area 172.25 sq. km
Ranked 17th. 3 times more than United States
66.57 sq. km
Ranked 36th.

Highest point elevation None
None
Area > Water > Per capita 53 sq km per 1 million peo
Ranked 112th.
2,187.8 sq km per 1 million peo
Ranked 20th. 41 times more than United Kingdom

Marine Coastline 12,429 km
Ranked 14th.
19,924 km
Ranked 9th. 60% more than United Kingdom
Google Street View, year added 2,009
Ranked 60th. The same as United States
2,007
Ranked 73th.
Precipitation 754 mm
Ranked 48th.
1,201 mm
Ranked 25th. 59% more than United Kingdom
Irrigated land per million 28.54 sq km
Ranked 139th.
771.61 sq km
Ranked 28th. 27 times more than United Kingdom

Freshwater > Withdrawal > Per capita 197 1600
Countries on other side of the world ( Falklands ) China , Russia ; ( Gibraltar ) New Zealand ; ( South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ) Russia ; ( Pitcairn ) Saudi Arabia , UAE ( Bermuda ) Australia Mainland: France ( Southern & Antarctic Lands ) Hawaii : Botswana , Namibia Alaska : Antarctica Palmyra Atoll & Kingman Reef : DR Congo American Samoa : Niger , Nigeria
Forested Land 11.6%
Ranked 140th.
24.7%
Ranked 108th. 2 times more than United Kingdom
Continent or sub continent Europe North America
Area > Total > Per capita 4.02 sq km per 1,000 people
Ranked 181st.
32.34 sq km per 1,000 people
Ranked 62nd. 8 times more than United Kingdom

Area > A note includes Rockall and <a href=/encyclopedia/Shetland-Islands><a href=/encyclopedia/Shetland-Islands>Shetland</a></a> Islands includes only the 50 states and <a href=/encyclopedia/Washington,-DC><a href=/encyclopedia/Washington,-DC>District of Columbia</a></a>
Land boundaries > Total per million 5.86 km
Ranked 149th.
39.57 km
Ranked 135th. 7 times more than United Kingdom

Northernmost point latitude 60\u00b051'N 71\u00b023'N
Lowest point The Fens Badwater Basin
Environment > International agreements > Signed, but not ratified none of the selected agreements Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Biodiversity, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Hazardous Wastes
Area > Note includes Rockall and Shetland Islands includes only the 50 states and District of Columbia
Low-lying areas > Elevation under 5 metres > % of land area 7.61%
Ranked 56th. 4 times more than United States
1.72%
Ranked 119th.

Land boundaries > Total > Per capita 0.006 km per 1,000 people
Ranked 158th.
0.04 km per 1,000 people
Ranked 144th. 7 times more than United Kingdom

Forest area > % of land area 11.85%
Ranked 140th.
33.12%
Ranked 81st. 3 times more than United Kingdom

Terrestrial protected areas > % of total land area 27.91%
Ranked 31st. 2 times more than United States
13.82%
Ranked 104th.

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total 13.03 cu km/yr
Ranked 39th.
478.4 cu km/yr
Ranked 3rd. 37 times more than United Kingdom

Population living in areas where elevation is below 5 meters > % of total population 8.64%
Ranked 76th. 2 times more than United States
4.1%
Ranked 115th.

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total 13.03 cu km/yr
Ranked 39th.
478.4 cu km/yr
Ranked 3rd. 37 times more than United Kingdom

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita 213.2 cu m/yr
Ranked 11th.
1,583 cu m/yr
Ranked 2nd. 7 times more than United Kingdom

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita per million people 3.47 cu m/yr
Ranked 12th.
5.36 cu m/yr
Ranked 51st. 54% more than United Kingdom

Terrestrial and marine protected areas > % of total territorial area 23.37%
Ranked 42nd. 54% more than United States
15.14%
Ranked 80th.

Lowest point altitude \u22124 m (\u221213 ft) \u221285.5 m (\u2212280.5 ft)
Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total per million people 0.206 cu km/yr
Ranked 108th.
1.51 cu km/yr
Ranked 6th. 7 times more than United Kingdom

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita 213.2 cu m/yr
Ranked 11th.
1,583 cu m/yr
Ranked 2nd. 7 times more than United Kingdom

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita per million people 3.47 cu m/yr
Ranked 12th.
5.36 cu m/yr
Ranked 51st. 54% more than United Kingdom

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total per million people 0.206 cu km/yr
Ranked 108th.
1.51 cu km/yr
Ranked 6th. 7 times more than United Kingdom

Northernmost point Out Stack , Shetland Islands Point Barrow , Alaska
Agricultural land > % of land area 72.94%
Ranked 19th. 63% more than United States
44.88%
Ranked 81st.

Arable land > % of land area 25.06%
Ranked 40th. 43% more than United States
17.51%
Ranked 63th.

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