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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) 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)As of 2015, the world has fifteen Kings and Queens reigning over 45 countries. Of all these, Queen Elizabeth the II is the only reigning Queen; she has monarchical authority over the sixteen of the Commonwealth nations. 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) 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 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)