Afghanistan is about 4.5 times bigger than Iowa.

Iowa is approximately 144,701 sq km, while Afghanistan is approximately 652,230 sq km, making Afghanistan 351% larger than Iowa. Meanwhile, the population of Iowa is ~3.0 million people (35.3 million more people live in Afghanistan).
This to-scale comparison of Iowa vs. Afghanistan uses the Mercator projection, which distorts the size of regions near the poles. Learn more.

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