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Size is relative

It’s interesting to compare the populations of EU Member States with those of Chinese provinces:

• 14 Chinese provinces figure in the biggest 20
• 4 are bigger than Germany
• 8 are bigger than France and the UK
• 9 are bigger than Italy
• 14 are bigger than Spain
• 15 are bigger than Poland

These figures put in perspective the relative size of Member States, validating the comment once made by EU Founding Father, Max Kohnstamm: “The EU is made up of two types of Member State: those that know they are small and those that don’t”.

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  1. And did you know that some EU regions are bigger than some EU Member States too? Catalonia for instance is bigger than Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and some others.

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  2. Good stuff Stanley (you’re in prolific form this week!).

    It reminds me of meeting people in China and being (naively) shocked that they hadn’t heard of Ireland! “Really? Never? ‘ai er lan’? It’s near England. No?”

    Then I’d ask where they come from and they’d be even more shocked that I hadn’t heard of their hometown.
    “It’s called Dongguan is it? No, never come across it. Is it big? Oh right, 7 million people…that’s more than my entire country..”

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  3. Hi,

    Usually, all coins have two sides so this big area and big population is an

    advantage and it is a disadvantage in the same time !!.

    My question is that…….

    What do you expect from China in the future ?!!

    Thanks.

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