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It's about four-fifths the number of Countries in the European Union.
In other words, 23 is 0.820 times the count of Countries in the European Union, and the count of Countries in the European Union is 1.20 times that amount.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
It's about one-and-a-half times the number of Living Kings and Queens.
In other words, the count of Living Kings and Queens is 0.670 times 23.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)
It's about half the number of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth.
In other words, 23 is 0.480 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 2.10 times that amount.
(Carcharodon carcharias) (average; including developing rows)
It's about two-fifths the number of Countries in Africa.
In other words, 23 is 0.430 times the count of Countries in Africa, and the count of Countries in Africa is 2.30 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (sovereign states recognized by the UN only)
It's about two-and-a-half times the number of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven.
In other words, 23 is 2.555555555560 times the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven, and the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven is 0.3913043478250 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 one-third the number of Submarines in the US Navy.
In other words, the count of Submarines in the US Navy is 3.10 times 23.
(a.k.a. Subs) (includes all types, all classes) (2015 figures)
It's about one-fourth the number of Keys on a Piano.
In other words, 23 is 0.260 times the count of Keys on a Piano, and the count of Keys on a Piano is 3.80 times that amount.
(Moden layout; A0 to C7)