The map above shows the relative position of major European cities if they were suddenly moved to Texas. Depending on your point of view, it either shows that Texas is really big or Europe is very small.
As you can see, you can cities from as far west as London and Paris to as far east as Berlin and Prague and cities as far north as Amsterdam and Hamburg all the way south to Milan could all in theory fit in Texas.
Overall Texas is 268,581 sq mi (696,241 km2), which makes it larger than any EU country. For example France is only 213,010 sq mi (551,695 km2), Germany is only 137,847 sq mi (357,168 km2) and the UK is smaller still at just 93,628 sq mi (242,495 km2).
However, in terms of population Texas, with just 27.7 million people, would only be the 10th most populous country in Europe or 7th in the EU; between Poland (38.5 million) and Romania (19.8 million). And, reddit user nybbleth estimates that the population of the area Texas is covering in the map contains roughly 160 million people.
So there you have it, Texas is big with relatively few people and Europe has lots of people in a relatively small space.
If you enjoyed this post you may also enjoy these books:
- Texas: A Historical Atlas
- The Family Tree Historical Maps Book – Europe: A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History, 1700s-1900s
- Texas: Portrait of a State (Portrait of a Place)
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There is an old joke that the difference between Americans and Europeans is that the former think that a 100 years is a long time while the latter think that a 100 miles is a long way. This map helps to show how true the second really is.
Sol Invictus says
Milano is referred to in original language (Italian) while Munich is in English.
Now compare Texas to Western Australia
Paris is in NE Texas, not SW Texas, off by about 500 miles.
Phil Loveless says
The map above shows the relative position of major European cities if they were suddenly moved to Texas. Is not where they are located in the state. I grew up about 60 miles from Paris.