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The world mapped by population

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Check out this astonishing graph from GeoHive:

Size of countries based on population


note: this graph only shows countries with a population over 5 million on July 1, 2002 (est.).
The color indicates the size:
Orange means a country >100 million
Blue means a country between 50 and 100 million
Green a country between 40 and 50 million
Yellow a country between 30 and 40 million
Lavender a country between 20 and 30 million
Pink a country between 10 and 20 million
Grey a country between 5 and 10 million.
note: two-letter code refer to ISO codes of countries.

Things that surprise me:

  • Russia is about the size of Pakistan.
  • Sweden and Finland and Denmark are in the range of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
  • No African nation compares with Nigeria.
  • Brazil towers over S. America.
  • Japan is in the neighborhood of Mexico and Russia and Pakistan and Bangladesh.
  • Mexico is much larger than Canada.
  • The world is mostly Asian.
  • South Africa doesn’t appear.

What do you see?

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Written by Monte

April 12, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Posted in Politics

Paralyzed by Iraq, America withers

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The Great Society speechName a great domestic accomplishment of the USA in the last five years.

Uh …

Right. Instead, consider this challenging op-ed by Bob Herbert at the NYT (I suggest you read it here):

Despite the sustained expansion of the past few years, the middle class — for the first time on record — failed to grow with the economy. […]

Other nations can provide health care for everyone. The United States cannot. In an era in which a college degree is becoming a prerequisite for a middle-class quality of life, we are having big trouble getting our kids through high school. And despite being the wealthiest of all nations, nearly 10 percent of Americans are resorting to food stamps to maintain an adequate diet, and 4 in every 10 American children are growing up in families that are poor or near-poor. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Monte

April 12, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Posted in Politics, Terrorism