- India has added nearly 200 million people, while China has “only” grown by 60 million (or two nearly Canadas).
- South Sudan and Kosovo both make an entrance.
- Germany’s population has declined by 1.3 million.
However, not everything is different:
- Japan’s population of 127 million is exactly what it was in the original map.
- Canada, Australia and Russia still look tiny relative to their Geographic area.
- Greenland is still nowhere to be found.
Also, a really neat feature of the map is that certain regions (e.g. Texas, Siberia, Crimea, etc.) are highlighted for extra perspective, along with major world cities. Look at Tokyo, it’s larger than Australia.
Finally in case you’re curious the following countries all have fewer than 250,00 people and are thus too small to appear on the map:
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Federated States of Micronesia
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Marshall Islands
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- South Ossetia*
- Faroe Islands
- Sint Maarten
- San Marino
- Cook Islands
- Vatican City
* Update: Many people seem to rather upset at the inclusion of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the list above. TeaDranks, the creator of the map, based the data off of Wikipedia’s List of countries and dependencies by population, which has a footnote for each that their status is disputed. Since neither actually appear on the map itself, just in the list on the right, I’ll leave them above and let people draw their own conclusions.
To learn more about world population changes, have a look at:
- Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update
- Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
- Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
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