Is Belgium the Most Popular Country for Measuring Areas?
How often is Belgium used in this way?
Is Belgium used more than other nations?
One (admittedly unscientific) measure is to count the Google results for the phrase “size of Belgium” and compare it with other countries. [These results were taken in 2005]
|Google search for Size of xxxxxx||Number of Google Hits|
|The American State of Delaware||26,100|
A few interesting conclusions can be drawn:
- We might expect to find that the phrase “taille de la Belgique” appears frequently on Belgian web sites. After all, Belgian writers would use Belgium as a reference area for their Belgian readers. But it is remarkable that so many English writers use Belgium also.
- Armenia and Lesotho are the same convenient size as Belgium but they are used even less often than Chad.
- Wales is also a surprisingly popular unit of measurement. Indeed, it also has its own web site as a tribute. http://www.simonkelk.co.uk/sizeofwales.html
- Actually there is one country more ubiquitous than Belgium, and that is France. However, www.sizeoffrance.com just does not sound as amusing so we’ll leave it at that.