Italy & New Zealand: Gemelli

This map from the 1919 Year Book shows where New Zealand would be situated if placed in the corresponding Northern Hemisphere latitude, but with east (instead of west) longitude. (

They have a similar sized land mass, Italy 301,338 km², New Zealand, 268,021 km².

Italy’s median latitude is 42 deg.N and New Zealand 42 deg.S.

On the 6th of April 2009 a 6.3 earthquake struck Italy, centered on the city of L’Aquila and 308 people died.

On the 22nd of February 2011 a 6.3 earthquake struck New Zealand, centered in Christchurch and 185 people died.

These were both due to the countries similar plate activity. Italy’s tectonic activity is the result  of a slow collision between the African and Eurasian plates. In New Zealand, the Australian and Pacific Plates push against each other. 

You are more likely to be in jail, die in infancy or be murdered in New Zealand as well as use far more of the earths resources. On the other hand Italy beats us for unemployment, being afflicted by AIDs, having less babies and earning less money. (

We have similar life expectancy’s, literacy and human development indices, but a vastly different population size and corruption perception index. (

Italys top 10 exports are along the lines of Machines, engines, pumps, vehicles and electronic equipment. (

New Zealands exports are dairy products, meat, wood and wood products, fish and machinery.

We are probably less like twins and more like relatives, one older, much older, more populated and worn down with lifes demands, the other struck with the same genetic condition (tectonic make up), but still young, hopeful and a bit wayward.

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