Canada is Twice the Size of the European Union


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • territory: the area owned by a certain nation
  • European Union: an association of 28 nations in Europe that makes social and economic decisions together
  • shoreline: the place where water meets land
  • bordered by: to have something (e.g., water) along one’s territory line

Canada Is Twice the Size of the European Union

Canada is the second largest in the world. Its territory is about three-fifths of the size of Russia, the largest country. Canada is more than the size of the European Union, which is made up of 28 countries. Canada’s population is the European Union, though. About 35 million people call Canada home, while there are over 500 million people living in the European Union. Canada is not the country, but it does have the world’s shoreline. Canada’s coast is bordered by three different oceans.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Which country is the largest in the world?
  2. How does Canada’s population compare to the population of the European Union?
  3. What does the report say about Canada’s shoreline?

Discussion Questions: Why is the population so dense in some small countries in comparison to the population of Canada? Would you prefer to live in a highly populated area or an area with sparse population?

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