The European Union’s (EU) 28 member states vary enormously in population. From tiny Malta with just 425,000 people to Germany with 81 million. But what if they all had the same population? How would the map look?
As you can see above, if all EU members had the same population, they’d each have around 18 million people or slightly less than the current population of Romania.
Alasdair Gunn, who made the map, is quoted in BigThink as stating that “[it] is NOT intended in any way to represent meaningful units of government, at any point in time. This map was made (1) for fun and (2) to draw attention to the massive imbalance between member states at the Commission level.”
However, he’s come up with some interesting country configurations including:
- The return of Prussia, Bavaria and Saxony to the map which all ceased being independent countries following the unification of Germany in 1871.
- New Saxony in Southern-England with London as its capital.
- The Celtic Union roughly Brittany, Cornwall, Devon, Ireland, Wales and western Scotland.
- The Mediterranean Union which includes parts of Greece, and Southern-Italy along with Malta and a reunified Cyprus.
- Balearic Coast, or a potential home for Europe’s Catalan speakers.
Finally, if you look at the notes at the bottom of the map you’ll see that France’s overseas departments are included in Mi-France, which just happens to be landlocked.
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