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Two Luxembourgs, 10 Madrids, one Delaware: How a giant iceberg is described around the world

As news traveled around the world that one of the largest icebergs ever observed had finally broken off from Antarctica, reporters were faced with a question of scale. Few among us can visualize just how large a 2,200 square-mile (5,698 square-kilometer) hunk of ice really is, so they had to come up with a reference their readers might recognize.

Here’s a tour of the world, by way of iceberg-sized places:
In Argentina 🇦🇷 the iceberg was 25 times the size of Buenos Aires
In Australia 🇦🇺 it was twice the size of the Australian Capital Territory
In Belgium 🇧🇪 it was half the size of Flanders
In Brazil 🇧🇷 it was the size of the Federal District
In Canada 🇨🇦 it was the size of Prince Edward Island
In Chile 🇨🇱 it was the size of Cordillera Province
In Cyprus 🇨🇾 it was equivalent to two Luxembourgs
In Denmark 🇩🇰 it was the size of Funen
In Finland 🇫🇮 it was twice the size of Gotland
In France 🇫🇷 it was 60 times larger than Paris
In Germany 🇩🇪 it was twice as big as Saarland
In Greece 🇬🇷 it was the size of Crete
In India 🇮🇳 it was one-and-a-half times the size of Goa
In Indonesia 🇮🇩 it was almost as large as the island of Bali
In Italy 🇮🇹 it was the size of the Liguria region
In Japan 🇯🇵 it was the size of Mie prefecture
In Mexico 🇲🇽 it was 55 times the size of Paris
In the Netherlands 🇳🇱 it was slightly larger than the province of Gelderland
In Norway 🇳🇴 it was the size of Akershus county
In Poland 🇵🇱 it was one-third the size of Malopolska Province
In Russia 🇷🇺 it was quarter the size of the Moscow region
In South Korea 🇰🇷 it was half the size of Gyeonggi Province
In Spain 🇪🇸 it was the size of 10 Madrids
In Taiwan 🇹🇼 it was one-sixth of Taiwan
In Turkey 🇹🇷 it was four times the size of Istanbul
In the UK 🇬🇧 it was a quarter the size of Wales
In Ukraine 🇺🇦 it was half the size of the Transcarpathian region
And in the US 🇺🇸 it was definitely a Delaware

Correction: A previous version of this story referenced the publication Latercera as Colombian. It is, in fact, a Chilean publication.

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