How Big is Switzerland in Comparison to the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China and Japan?

 

Travelers can use the following maps and figures to put the size of Switzerland into context. For instance, we see that Switzerland is only a little bit larger than the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and that Switzerland is only about as big as the greater Shanghai area in China. It is worth noting, however, that Switzerland is quite mountainous, which makes traveling in the country a bit slower than some of its European counterparts, like Germany and France. That said, visitors can drive from Geneva all the way to Zurich in only about three hours.

Switzerland is 41,285 square kilometers or 15,940 square miles

That’s about 3 times the size of Los Angeles County (12,308 square kilometers)

Comparing the sizes of Switzerland and California.

Comparing the sizes of Switzerland and California.

Switzerland is 1.5 times larger than the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (24,059 square kilometers)

Comparing the sizes of Switzerland and Texas.

Comparing the sizes of Switzerland and Texas.

Japan (377,944 square kilometers) is 9 times larger than Switzerland

Comparing the sizes of Switzerland and Japan.

Comparing the sizes of Switzerland and Japan.

Switzerland is just about as large as the greater Shanghai region in China

Comparing the sizes of Switzerland and China.

Comparing the sizes of Switzerland and China.

The United Kingdom (243,610 square kilometers) is roughly 6 times the size Switzerland

Comparing the sizes of Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Comparing the sizes of Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

See all the articles, top ten lists and guides in our Switzerland travel section.

These maps were created using MAPfrappe, an online tool that allows visitors to draw an outline and overlay it on another part of the map taking projection distortion and scale into account.

 

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