Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Friday, November 26, 2021

hello neighbors
Let’s throw practicality and reality right out the window while we imagine a world with country populations relocated to their equivalently-ranked national territories.

So basically, China moves its global No. 1 population to the world’s largest country by land area — which happens to be next-door neighbor Russia. More dramatically, the No. 2 world population of India moves across the globe to Canada, the planet’s second-largest country. And so on.

No need for Mr. and Mrs. America to call the moving vans, though:

Strangely enough, the US itself would not have to swap its population with another country. With 310 million inhabitants, it is the third most populous nation in the world. And with an area of just over 3.7 million square miles, it is also the world’s third largest country. Brazil, at number five in both lists, is in the same situation. Other non-movers are Yemen and Ireland. Every other country moves house.

Meanwhile, other nationalities would have to adjust to strange new climes and neighbors, like the above-referenced 1-billion Indians in the Great White North. Although one current geopolitical flashpoint would merely shift from northeast Asia to southern Africa in this statistical re-shuffling:

Those South Koreans probably couldn’t believe their bad luck. Of all the potential new friends in the world, who gets to be their northern neighbour but their wacky cousin, North Korea? It seems the heavily militarised DMZ will move from the Korean peninsula to the South African-Botswanan border.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 11/26/2010 09:27pm
Category: Creative, Political, Society
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