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Australian politicians aware of the size of Belgium.

This transcript dates from 2004 and comes from a broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  In fact their constituency is smaller than Belgium, and is closer to the size of Armenia.

Eden Monaro

Broadcast: 24/09/2004

Reporter: Kathleen Hyland

Kathleen Hyland went on the Eden Monaro campaign trail with the Liberals’ Gary Nairn and Kel Watt from the ALP.

GARY NAIRN: I’ve probably driven well over half a million kilometres as a member in the eight a half years.

KATHLEEN HYLAND (REPORTER) : Gary Nairn, the experienced businessman and serving MP since 1996 – this time he’s up against former advisor to Jon Stanhope – and 7th generation local – Kel Watt.

KEL WATT: What I can bring is a passion and understanding, I don’t need a map to get around the electorate.

REPORTER: And in this most marginal of seats, the main contenders know that here more than anywhere, that extra doorknock in Narooma or that extra mile to Moruya could truly count.

GARY NAIRN: Having lived overseas for a few years I realised it was the same size as Belgium which is a comment I’ve often made from before I was elected.

KEL WATT: It’s 31-thousand square kiloemtres so it’s huge – it’s the size of Belgium that’s my favourite statistic about Eden Monaro it’s like 3 or 4 electorates crammed together.

 

Deforestation in Borneo

The UN is using the “size of Belgium” in a report on orangutan conservation and deforestation in Borneo.

UN News Centre

“Borneo’s deforestation rate has been among the world’s highest for over two decades and 56 per cent of the protected tropical lowland forests – an area roughly the size of Belgium – was lost between 1985 and 2001.”

A German-Spanish Dictionary

I sometimes wonder how much the “size of Belgium” is used in non-English languages.  Here’s a page from a German-Spanish dictionary, about the German phrase “so gross wie” (which means “the size of”).

There is a list of example of the phrase in normal usage, and the very first example is …

“Das ist eine Fläche so groß wie Belgien und die Niederlande zusammengenommen.”

Or in English .. “That is an area the size of Belgium and the Netherlands combined.”.

German-Spanish Dictionary

 

 

Penguin conservation area in Argentina

Source: Diario Jornada

With great support of national bodies and NGOs, the Ministry of Tourism and Protected Areas of Chubut with Global Penguin Society (GPS) and CENPAT-CONICET, presented the new accolade given province.

For its part, the biologist Pablo Garcia Borboroglu revealed that “this work came when he approached the governor Buzzi the idea of creating a marine reserve in Punta Tombo. Buzzi encouraged us to go further, to us to work for the label Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. ”  García Borboroglu charted that “this protected area, of 3,1 million hectares, has the size of the province of Missions, or of Belgium“.