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It's about nine-tenths the number of Countries in the European Union.
In other words, 26 is 0.930 times the count of Countries in the European Union, and the count of Countries in the European Union is 1.10 times that amount.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
It's about one-and-seven-tenths times the number of Living Kings and Queens.
In other words, the count of Living Kings and Queens is 0.590 times 26.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)
It's about half the number of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth.
In other words, 26 is 0.540 times the count of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth, and the count of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth is 1.90 times that amount.
(Carcharodon carcharias) (average; including developing rows)
A Great White Shark has 48 exposed teeth on their upper and lower jaws. Behind these exposed teeth are developing teeth — up to 300 in about 5 rows. The sharks will continuously lose and replace the exposed teeth throughout their lives.
It's about half the number of Countries in Africa.
In other words, 26 is 0.480 times the count of Countries in Africa, and the count of Countries in Africa is 2.10 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (sovereign states recognized by the UN only)
It's about one-third the number of Submarines in the US Navy.
In other words, the count of Submarines in the US Navy is 2.80 times 26.
(a.k.a. Subs) (includes all types, all classes) (2015 figures)
It's about three times the number of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven.
In other words, 26 is 2.888888888890 times the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven, and the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven is 0.3461538461540 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Ludwig van Beethoven)
Over the course of his life, Beethoven composed nine symphonies over the course of a twenty-four year period. After his death in early 1827, an estimated 20,000 Austrian citizens attended his public funeral.
It's about three-tenths the number of Keys on a Piano.
In other words, the count of Keys on a Piano is 3.30 times 26.
(Moden layout; A0 to C7)