You have been lied to your entire life.  Every map that you’ve ever looked at (which uses the Mercator projection, anyways) gives a false impression of a country’s actual size.  Since the Earth is a sphere, it’s tricky to map out each land mass on a flat, two-dimensional surface.  What you end up with is a distorted map where the relative sizes of countries are out of whack.

Watch the gif below to get the gist of it:

Never Trust a Map (animation)

Source: reddit