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If you lived in Svalbard instead of United States, you would:


see 82.0% less coastline

United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Svalbard, that number is 3,587 km.

Learn more about Svalbard

Svalbard is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 62,045 sq km. First discovered by the Norwegians in the 12th century, the islands served as an international whaling base during the 17th and 18th centuries. Norway's sovereignty was recognized in 1920; five years later it officially took over the territory.

How big is Svalbard compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.