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It's about the number of Living U.S. Presidents.
(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)
As of this writing, there are five living United States Presidents — President Carter, President Clinton, President Obama, and the two Presidents Bush. At no point in U.S. history have their been more than six (6) living presidents, this circumstance having occurred three times.
It's about three-fifths the number of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven.
In other words, 5 is 0.5555555555560 times the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven, and the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven is 1.80 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Ludwig van Beethoven)
It's about three 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 5.
(2013 figures)
It's about one-third the number of Living Kings and Queens.
In other words, the count of Living Kings and Queens is 3 times 5.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)
It's about one-fifth the number of Countries in the European Union.
In other words, 5 is 0.180 times the count of Countries in the European Union, and the count of Countries in the European Union is 5.60 times that amount.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
It's about one-tenth 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 10 times 5.
(Carcharodon carcharias) (average; including developing rows)
It's about one-tenth the number of Countries in Africa.
In other words, the count of Countries in Africa is 11 times 5.
(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.