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Belonging to the ISO 216 international paper size standard, DIN A2 is a distinctive and versatile paper size. It measures 420mm by 594mm, striking a balance between ample space for detailed designs and manageable physical dimensions. This makes it an ideal choice for medium-sized posters, architectural drawings, or diagrams that require precision and clarity.

Interestingly, DIN A2 is part of the A series in the ISO 216 standard. This series is based on an aspect ratio of √2:1 which ensures that when a sheet is cut in half parallel to its shorter sides, the resulting halves will again have the same aspect ratio. This unique property allows for seamless scaling of documents without distortion or loss of content.

DIN A2 paper dimensions


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2A046.81 x 66.221189 x 1682119 x 1683370 x 4768
A120.51 x 0.7113 x 181 x 237 x 51
4A066.22 x 93.621682 x 2378168 x 2384768 x 6741
A110.71 x 1.0218 x 262 x 351 x 74
A101.02 x 1.4626 x 373 x 474 x 105
A3+12.95 x 19.02329 x 48333 x 48933 x 1369
A1+23.98 x 35.98609 x 91461 x 911726 x 2591
A0+35.98 x 50.87914 x 129291 x 1292591 x 3662
A64.13 x 5.83105 x 14811 x 15298 x 420
A55.83 x 8.27148 x 21015 x 21420 x 595
A48.27 x 11.69210 x 29721 x 30595 x 842
A311.69 x 16.54297 x 42030 x 42842 x 1191
A91.46 x 2.0537 x 524 x 5105 x 147
A216.54 x 23.39420 x 59442 x 591191 x 1684
A82.05 x 2.9152 x 745 x 7147 x 210
A123.39 x 33.11594 x 84159 x 841684 x 2384
A72.91 x 4.1374 x 1057 x 11210 x 298
A033.11 x 46.81841 x 118984 x 1192384 x 3370

Moreover, DIN A2 holds a significant position within this series as it's exactly one-fourth the size of DIN A0 - the base model in this system which has an area of one square meter. Thus, if you fold an A0 paper twice in half along its shorter side, you'll get an A2 sized sheet.

In comparison with ANSI standards prevalent in North America, DIN A2 closely aligns with ANSI C (432 x 559 mm). However, it's important to note that while they may seem similar at first glance; subtle differences exist due to differing aspect ratios - ANSI uses 1:√2 while ISO uses √2:1.

Whether you're creating intricate blueprints or eye-catching marketing materials; understanding and utilizing DIN A2 can significantly enhance your presentation while maintaining consistency across different scales.

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Interesting facts about DIN A2

1: The Origin of DIN A2

DIN A2 paper is part of the DIN paper size series, which was introduced by the German Institute for Standardization (Deutsches Institut für Normung) in 1922. The series was based on the concept of halving the previous size, starting with DIN A0.

2: Dimensions and Proportions

DIN A2 measures 420 mm × 594 mm or approximately 16.5 inches × 23.4 inches. It has an aspect ratio of approximately 1:√2, meaning that if you fold it in half along its longer side, you get two sheets of the next smaller size, which is DIN A3.

3: Common Uses

DIN A2 is commonly used for posters, architectural drawings, diagrams, and large-scale artwork. Its larger size compared to standard letter or legal paper allows for more detailed designs and better visibility from a distance.

4: International Adoption

The DIN paper sizes gained international recognition and were adopted by many countries around the world. However, some countries have their own traditional paper sizes that coexist with the DIN series.

5: Variations in Naming

In some countries outside Germany, such as France and Belgium, DIN A2 is referred to as "A50" due to its approximate area of half a square meter.

6: Paper Weight Considerations

The weight or thickness of a sheet of paper is often measured in grams per square meter (gsm). For example, standard office printer paper usually has a weight between 70 gsm and 90 gsm, while heavier cardstock can range from 150 gsm to 300 gsm.

7: Paper Grain Direction

Paper has a grain direction, which refers to the alignment of its fibers. It is important to consider the grain direction when printing or folding paper, as it affects the paper's strength and flexibility.

8: Environmental Impact

Choosing recycled or sustainably sourced paper can help reduce the environmental impact of paper production. Look for certifications such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) when selecting paper.

9: Specialty Papers

Besides standard white paper, there are various specialty papers available in DIN A2 size, including colored papers, textured papers, metallic papers, and even handmade papers. These options allow for unique and creative printing projects.

10: Paper Preservation

To preserve important documents or artwork printed on DIN A2 paper, it is recommended to store them in acid-free archival sleeves or folders. This helps prevent yellowing and deterioration over time.