Ukraine is in the news a lot at the moment. In the pub, someone said it was a massive country - about as big as Australia. I thought - no way is it that big! And when I got home I began a little research into the different sizes of countries. I cannot think in kilometres so I needed to compare square mileage.
Right, here we go then. Assuming Putin's Ruskies haven't already nicked a big chunk, Ukraine's land area is 233,062 square miles. And as I suspected that is very small in comparison with Australia which is a massive 2,969,907 square miles. That makes Australia twelve times bigger than Ukraine. The fellow in the pub is going to shrivel when I tell him.
Mind you, Australia is small in comparison with Russia which - prior to the requisition of Crimea - comes in at a massive 6,592,800 square miles. It is of course the biggest country in the world but in terms of area is itself small in comparison with the enormous Pacific Ocean - 63,800,000 square miles.
I always believed that New Zealand and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island were roughly the same size but Katherine de Chevalle and the itinerant GB may be pleased to learn that the Land of the Long White Cloud is in fact bigger at 103,483 square miles. The so-called "UK" (I dislike that appellation) is only 94,060 square miles. Interestingly, though our countries are of a similar size, NZ's population is only 4.5 million compared with the United Kingdom's 64.0 million. That's sixty million more people on less land. We are crawling all over each other!
Suddenly I feel like I am living on a tiny island but it is comforting to point out that this country is much bigger than the teeny weeny Netherlands - only 16,039 square miles. And another European country - San Marino is a laughable 24 square miles making the United Kingdom look like Russia when seen in comparison. It piques me greatly to finally appreciate that France is two and a half times bigger than the "UK". Librarian's Germany is 137,847 sq miles - getting on for half the size of France.
These are facts. Geography lesson over for today.