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It's about nine-tenths the number of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven.
In other words, 8 is 0.8888888888890 times the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven, and the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven is 1.1250 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Ludwig van Beethoven)
It's about half the number of Living Kings and Queens.
In other words, 8 is 0.530 times the count of Living Kings and Queens, and the count of Living Kings and Queens is 1.90 times that amount.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)
It's about two times the number of Living U.S. Presidents.
In other words, the count of Living U.S. Presidents is 0.50 times 8.
(a.k.a. Presidents of the United States; a.k.a. Presidents of the United States of America; a.k.a. POTUS), (2016 figures) (including current)
It's about three-tenths the number of Countries in the European Union.
In other words, 8 is 0.290 times the count of Countries in the European Union, and the count of Countries in the European Union is 3.40 times that amount.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
It's about four times the number of Escalators in the State of Wyoming.
In other words, the count of Escalators in the State of Wyoming is 0.30 times 8.
(2013 figures)
It's about one-fifth the number of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth.
In other words, 8 is 0.170 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 5.90 times that amount.
(Carcharodon carcharias) (average; including developing rows)
It's about one-tenth the number of Countries in Africa.
In other words, 8 is 0.150 times the count of Countries in Africa, and the count of Countries in Africa is 6.70 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.