“A Russian official referred last week to Great Britain as ‘a small island to which no-one pays any attention’. PM David Cameron [...] conceded that the UK was a ‘small group of islands’. Is it?
In fact Britain is ‘a fairly large island as far as islands go’, according to Professor Godfrey Baldacchino, Canada Research Chair in Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada.
‘At the top end we usually define the very large islands as continents and from a geographical point of view there are only four of those: Eurasia-Africa, America, Antarctica and Australia.
‘So if we include those as mega-islands, Britain would actually be the lucky 13 – the 13th largest land mass on the planet.’”
If you don’t include continental land masses, Britain is ninth, behind Greenland (Denmark), New Guinea (Indonesia/Papua New Guinea), Borneo (Indonesia/Malaysia/Brunei), Madagascar, Baffin Island (Canada), Sumatra (Indonesia), Honshu (Japan) and Victoria Island (Canada).