Catalonia’s move towards independence from Spain has been making news for several weeks. If the campaign succeeds in creating a new nation, Catalonia (32,108 sq km) will be roughly the size of Belgium (30,528).
The world’s media has already used this comparison widely in their reports. For example RTE, France24, The Straits Times, Times of Israel, Japan Times, to name just a few.
Historically Belgium has survived challenges from Lesotho and Armenia for the title of country closest to the size of Belgium.