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It's about six times the number of Countries in Africa.
In other words, 312 is 5.8 times the count of Countries in Africa, and the count of Countries in Africa is 0.17 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (sovereign states recognized by the UN only)
The continent of Africa includes 54 sovereign countries recognized by the United Nations as of 2016. It is the second-most populous continent in the world, with 1.1 billion inhabitants.
It's about six-and-a-half times the number of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth.
In other words, the count of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth is 0.15 times 312.
(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 one-tenth the number of Steps in the Sears Tower.
In other words, 312 is 0.1479 times the count of Steps in the Sears Tower, and the count of Steps in the Sears Tower is 6.761 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Willis Tower) (Chicago, Illinois) (steps per stairwell)
It's about one-tenth the number of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide.
In other words, 312 is 0.1478 times the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide, and the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide is 6.766 times that amount.
(2013 figures) (regional and local, plus national figures; paid only)
It's about eleven times the number of Countries in the European Union.
In other words, the count of Countries in the European Union is 0.091 times 312.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
There are 28 member countries in the European Union, the latest member of which is Croatia. The EU is largely urban, with sixteen cities having a population of one million or more, and 75% of the population living in an urban area.
It's about one-fifteenth the number of Bishops in the Catholic Church.
In other words, the count of Bishops in the Catholic Church is 17.15 times 312.
(2015 figures; total Latin and Eastern Church figures; including Pope)
It's about twenty times the number of Living Kings and Queens.
In other words, the count of Living Kings and Queens is 0.048 times 312.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)