Monday, December 19, 2005


I thought this map was interesting.  It shows a world map where each country is scaled to its population size.

Normally, Canada would be huge – here it is a thin slice.  It was interesting to see Australia as a rather small blip – but I was really surprised by the size of Italy.  Japan was also surprisingly large scale wise.  Russia – normally very big on a map, not so big.

But it puts things into perspective, doesn’t it.  I thought it was interesting to see.


Anonymous John Spencer said....

A very interesting map. Being Canadian, I was not too surprised about the relative size, Canada is huge in terms of land area, but most of it is very sparsely populated. The map even shows the population distribution relatively accurately. A very high proportion of the population is within a couple of hunfred miles of the US border.

Mon Dec 19, 11:36:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....


interesting indeed - I had to save the map and use zoom to make sure my country is on the map :), and sure enough there are two square yellow dots on the right side of the Italy :). It's interesting to see Balkan peninsula from this perspective.


Mon Dec 19, 12:05:00 PM EST  

Blogger Howard J. Rogers said....

Good to see Great Britain satisfyingly large, and Australia appears about a third its size, which would be approximately correct too.

I rather liked the projected map for 2150, where Europe shrinks to a mere blob!

Mon Dec 19, 12:39:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

While browsing the site I also found amusing "State of the village report". If the world were a village of only 100 people, there would be...:


p.s. not much blogging for sure! :-)

Mon Dec 19, 04:30:00 PM EST  

Blogger Noons said....

Actually, I'm surprised Australia did that well. Other countries who like us are made up of mostly desert (in Africa) look a lot smaller in the scale.

Another thing is the map doesn't take into account regional differences: Java and Sumatra are by far where the vast majority of the Indonesian population are. The rest of the archipelago is very sparsely populated. Although it appears as a large blob overall.

I think the projections for Africa are very optimistic: they don't seem to have taken the AIDS epidemic into account there. In the next 20 years we'll see the major impact of that in Africa's population, assuming no cure is found in the meantime...

Mon Dec 19, 08:54:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

When your book (expert oracle architecture 9i) will be available in INDIA?

Tue Dec 20, 04:57:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

be available in INDIA

I have no control over that - that is entirely up to the publisher.

As I understand it, you can get it - it would cost more right now.

Also, you can get an electronic only version from the website for a discount over the "book" version. (and they are the ones that control the distribition of the book...)

Tue Dec 20, 07:26:00 AM EST  

Blogger Rudy said....

We're 60 million and counting, over 300000 square kilometres. That's an average of 200 people/km^2.
Quite crowded.
A map reporting people/surface ratio for every country should be interesting as well.


Tue Dec 20, 09:21:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

>>I rather liked the projected map for 2150, where Europe shrinks to a mere blob!

In reality though, Europe's population does not shrink, it just does not really grow either.
The scale of the map changes quite a bit.

Unscientific speculation might lead one to attribute this to available resources, culture, and/or government.

(american stuck in europe)

Tue Dec 20, 10:55:00 AM EST  

Blogger Rich said....

This post is along the lines of interest of a gentleman named Edward Tufte. I consider Mr. Tufte as kind of like the Grandfather of "Displaying information and data".

I recommend to all my IT buddies that they go to one of his one day seminars when they come to town. If you can get beyond his complaining about how bad things like powerpoint are, he really does have some valuable lessons to teach. He likes to point out the negative, so I had to take a few things with a grain of salt. Overall I really enjoyed it though.

For each of us there are a few events in our careers that happen to us that make us think a little bit different then we did prior to the event, attending his one day seminar did that for me.

If anything, you'll get a cool poster to take back to the office and post on the wall.


Tue Dec 20, 11:09:00 AM EST  

Blogger lutz_hartmann said....

Hi Tom,
I would like to add another map called the Peter's Projection.
It shows the continents by its proportions of shape:
Is'nt it amazing how large Africa is compared to Europe or North America!

Tue Dec 20, 12:24:00 PM EST  


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