Which country is known as "The Hexagon"?
Almost everyone knows what "the Pentagon" is. But did you know that, in the French media, the term l'Hexagone ("the Hexagon") is often used as a casual synonym for the mainland part of Metropolitan France? It is because of the country's approximate shape. The sides of the hexagon are: 1. the Channel coast, 2. the Atlantic coast, 3. the Pyrenees (border with Spain), 4. the Mediterranean coast, 5. the eastern border (Alps, Jura and Upper Rhine; Monaco to Karlsruhe), and 6. the northeastern border (German Rhineland and Belgium; Karlsruhe to Dunkirk).