Thanks to Carl, who sent Geography this brilliant postcard of Australia. As you can see a map of (most of) Europe fits right in on top of Australia, and that Europe has a surface area of 3.5m square kiliometres, less than half that of Australia at 7.7m.
You can compare the sizes of anywhere by using a website called The True Size of…
This lets you grab the outline of a country or continent, and drag it over another. In this example I’ve dragged the outline of Colombia over Spain and Portugal:
Have a go yourself, and be amazed!
Here’s a second postcard which is almost the same, also from Australia. This one is from Anne. Geography Cat send you his furry thanks Anne:
Why do countries appear to be different sizes when you look at a variety of maps?