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I used an algorithm to find the countries that look the most like each other. All countries were rescaled to have the same area, and the algorithm could rotate them to find the best fit. Sweden's best match is Nepal 🧵 Image
The UK is tricky, but a slightly smaller Finland is a decent match: Image
If you think about it, Lithuania looks a bit like Brazil. If it was 129 times larger. Image
Chile is unique, so it doesn't have a good match, of course. But if we put Morocco there in the middle we can at least cover 53%. Image
If Rwanda was 300 times larger, it could be its own continent. Image
The best match for the US is Saudi Arabia. (Just forget about Alaska) Image
It's hard to find good fits for countries spread out over several islands. But if you just fill in the Cook strait New Zealand is actually pretty similar to Togo. Image
The best match among all countries was North Macedonia - Lesotho, with 93% overlap. But their shapes are so blob-like it still feels a bit underwhelming. Image
Iceland's best match: South Korea. Pretty good! @AlbinaIcelander Image
Argentina and Lebanon, the cone-shaped countries @AbateGamerYT Image
The Netherlands' best match: Sri Lanka
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Italy is a bit disappointing: No toe, heel or football. @BootsPlatypus Image

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