March 25, 2006

A gentle reminder.

The US isn't necessarily the most important country in the world. And the countries of Europe aren't such heavyweights, either.

Who lives where

Viewed this way, the US doesn't seem all that big, does it?
[Map: Worldmapper]

The map above shows the relative proportion of the world's population that lives in each country. The more people, the bigger the size. Notice where the countries with the really huge populations are. There's a much larger version of the map here.

I got this map from Worldmapper, which has a number of other interesting thematic maps that you can view. The series on world population since 1500 is especially interesting.

Via MetaFilter.

Posted by Magpie at March 25, 2006 02:14 PM | International | Technorati links |