What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population

What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population

We are all familiar with the standard map of
the world. Have you ever imagined the map in any other way? If not, Max Roser
from Our World in Data has done it for you. He made a map, not based on how big
a certain country is, but based on its population. As a result, he made a
really interesting demographic cartogram.
The Bright Side team took a close look at the
work of this economist. We decided to compare some countries from Max Roser’s
map to the same countries from the regular map of the world.
What’s
a demographic cartogram?

What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population

A cartogram is a map in which some thematic
mapping variables — like travel time or population (in this case, the
population of Earth in 2018) is shown. Every square on Max Roser’s map
represents 500,000 people in a country. So, there are 15,266 squares on his map
— that is all of the 7.633 billion people in the world. So, for example, vast
countries like Russia and Canada don’t have a huge population and this is why
they look much smaller on Roser’s maps.

What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population
Below, you will see the maps of 24 countries.
The upper pictures show the real size of the countries and the lower pictures
demonstrate what the countries would look like if the population was used to
represent the size of the territory.
Asia
and Oceania

What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population

Everyone knows that Russia is the biggest
country in the world. However, on Max Roser’s map, it doesn’t look as big as it
really is. It can even be compared to some European countries (for example, 2
Great Britains with a population of 66.6 million people and 242.495 million km²
of territory).
What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population
The biggest countries in Asia are China
(1.415 billion people) and India (1.354 billion people). And Saudi Arabia,
despite its huge territory is comparable to Uzbekistan (447,400 km² and 32.3
million people).
What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population
Australia is the 6th country in the world in
terms of territory (7.7 million km²). However, on Roser’s map it is close to
the size of the Philippines (299,763 km² and 106.5 million people) and
Indonesia (1.9 million km² and 266.8 million people).
Europe

What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population

Romania and Great Britain are quite similar
in terms of territory, but on Max Roser’s map they look very different. Great
Britain is comparable to France (547,030 km² and 65.2 million people) and
Romania, which is quite big, can be compared to the Netherlands (41,526 km² and
17.1 million people).
What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population
Spain on Roser’s map looks like the Ukraine
(603,549 km² and 44 million people) and Sweden shrinks and starts to look like
Belarus (207,600 km² and 9.6 million people) and 2 Slovakias (48,845 km² and
5.4 million people).
What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population

It is also quite interesting to look at and
compare Germany and Finland that have similar territories, but not on Roser’s
map. Germany is similar to Turkey (783,663 km² and 81.9 million people) and
Finland is only half of sunny Portugal (92,082 km² and 10.3 million people).
North
and South America

What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population

As you can see, the USA and Canada have
comparable territories but they are really different in terms of population.
Just imagine: on Roser’s map the USA is almost 2.5 times bigger than Russia
(17.1 million km² and 144 million people). And Canada is just as big as
California (423,970 km² and 39.6 million people).
What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population

Mexico is way smaller than Canada (the second
biggest country in the world) but in terms of population, it is much bigger
(130.8 million and 37 million, respectively). It is compared to Japan (377,944
km² and 127.2 million people). And Brazil can be compared with the
densely-populated state of India Uttar Pradesh (240,928 km² and 220 million
people).
What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population

Argentina on Max Roser’s map is comparable to
Columbia (1.1 million km² and 49.5 million people), and Peru is like 2 Ecuadors
(283,560 km² and 16.9 million people).
Africa

What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population

Despite the fact that Sudan is twice as big
as Egypt, it has a way smaller population. Egypt can be compared to 2 Kenyas
(585,650 km² and 51 million people), and Sudan with the 10th biggest country in
the world — Algeria (2.3 million km² and 42 million people).
What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population

Chad, which is pretty big in terms of
territory, has shrunk dramatically on the cartogram. Now, Chad is as big as
Somalia (637,657 km² and 15.2 million people) and Nigeria has a bigger
population than Russia (17.1 million km² and 144 million people).
What Countries Would Look Like If Their Size Matched Their Population

Look at these 2 neighbors — Western Sahara
and Morocco. The first one is only a little bit more than 1 square and is
compared to Comoros (1,862 km² and 0.8 million people), and Morocco is compared
to Mali (1.2 million km² and 19.1 million people).
Which of these maps amazed you the most?
Share your reactions in the comment section below.
SOURCE:
BRIGHT SIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.