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It's about the number of Countries in Africa.
(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 one-and-one-tenth 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 0.910 times 55.
(Carcharodon carcharias) (average; including developing rows)
It's about three-fourths the number of Submarines in the US Navy.
In other words, the count of Submarines in the US Navy is 1.30 times 55.
(a.k.a. Subs) (includes all types, all classes) (2015 figures)
The United States Navy maintains a fleet of 72 active submarines. A typical submarine goes to sea with a crew of about 140.
It's about three-fifths the number of Keys on a Piano.
In other words, 55 is 0.630 times the count of Keys on a Piano, and the count of Keys on a Piano is 1.60 times that amount.
(Moden layout; A0 to C7)
It's about half the number of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park.
In other words, 55 is 0.5290 times the count of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park, and the count of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park is 1.890 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Henihco'oo; a.k.a. Héetíhco'oo) (December 2014 figures; Wyoming Park area)
It's about two times the number of Countries in the European Union.
In other words, the count of Countries in the European Union is 0.50 times 55.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
It's about half the number of Elements on the Periodic Table.
In other words, 55 is 0.4660 times the count of Elements on the Periodic Table, and the count of Elements on the Periodic Table is 2.150 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Periodic Table of the Elements, a.k.a chemical elements) (confirmed elements as of 2016)