We at The Brazilian Report do not tire of saying that Brazil is the size of a continent. All the countries of the European Union could fit inside Brazil’s borders twice over. Combined, Brazil’s 27 states are bigger than the contiguous United States.

By themselves, Brazil’s states are larger than some major countries. France and Spain, for example, two of the largest countries in Europe, are roughly the size of neighboring states Bahia and Minas Gerais, respectively. Portugal, the former colonial rulers of the country, could fit its entire land area inside the northeastern state of Pernambuco. The United Kingdom? Well, it fits inside the state of São Paulo, which is only Brazil’s 12th largest state.

To help illustrate the sheer size of Brazil, the largest country in the Southern Hemisphere and fifth-largest country in the world, we at The Brazilian Report have put together a fun infographic comparing the area of all 27 states with different nations around the globe. Even the small states in Brazil’s Northeast are comparable in size to entire sovereign countries.

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Brazilian states, ordered by size

Amazonas: 1570.7 square-kilometers

Pará: 1247.6 square-kilometers

Mato Grosso: 903.3 square-kilometers

Minas Gerais: 587.5 square-kilometers

Bahia: 564.6 square-kilometers

Mato Grosso do Sul: 357.1 square-kilometers

Goiás: 340.0 square-kilometers

Maranhão: 332.0 square-kilometers

Rio Grande do Sul: 281.7 square-kilometers

Tocantins: 277.6 square-kilometers

Piauí: 251.5 square-kilometers

São Paulo: 248.2 square-kilometers

Rondônia: 237.5 square-kilometers

Roraima: 224.2 square-kilometers

Paraná: 199.3 square-kilometers

Acre: 152.5 square-kilometers

Ceará: 148.8 square-kilometers

Amapá: 142.8 square-kilometers

Pernambuco: 98.3 square-kilometers

Santa Catarina: 95.3 square-kilometers

Paraíba: 56.4 square-kilometers

Rio Grande do Norte: 52.8 square-kilometers

Espírito Santo: 46.0 square-kilometers

Rio de Janeiro: 43.6 square-kilometers

Alagoas: 27.7 square-kilometers

Sergipe: 21.9 square-kilometers

Distrito Federal: 5.8 square-kilometers

SocietyNov 22, 2018

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