Now that you are familiar with the size of Belgium, a logical (or not) extension of this analysis is to look at how Belgium’s capital, Brussels, is used as unit of measurement, as indeed it is.

“North London is a huge area (at least 6 times the size of Brussels), and the whole of London is expensive.”

“Conservative estimates indicate that the world’s urban population will rise from 1 330 million in 1970 to 3 090 million in 2000, an increase equivalent to 1 760 new cities the size of Brussels.”

“Colombia is experimenting with new models of promoting economic growth in the Magdalena River Valley, a region the size of Brussels that has one of the highest levels of violence in the world. “

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