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April 19, 2011

Some counterintuitive distances on the globe

Filed under: geography — ckrao @ 11:09 am

Further to my post on long flights, here are some more counter-intuitive facts about distances on the globe, that I hope to add to over time.

  • Africa is closer to Canada than to the US.
  • Oslo-Seattle (7352km) is less than Paris-Miami (7385km)!
  • Moscow-Beijing (5807km) is less than Melbourne-Singapore (6057km).
  • Indonesia is big – some 5300km from the southern Papua New Guinea border to the westernmost point of Sumatra. This is more than the distance between London and Afghanistan!
  • Tokyo is closer to Port Moresby, PNG (5058km) than Kuala Lumpur (5233km)!

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