Saturday, 25 October 2008

Population Density

A caller to Any Answers today was allowed to get away with the statement that the UK has the highest population density in Europe. That's not true. It's not even true of England. The UK's population density is 246 people per square kilometer, and England's is 392/km2.

These compare directly with Germany (232) and the Netherlands (395), and Belgium (341) is up there too. Of course, all the city states of Europe have much higher population densities. Here are the top nations in Europe, with their world rankings and population densities.

2 Monaco 16,754
5 Gibraltar (UK) 4,654
6 Vatican City 1,866
8 Malta 1,272
12 Channel Islands (two Crown dependencies) 766
22 San Marino 461
25 Netherlands 395
31 Belgium 341
51 United Kingdom 246
53 Germany 232

Other notable entries in the world list are
1 Macau 18,196
and, all with populations over 10,000 [edit:... 10,000,000]
11 Bangladesh 1,045
15 Taiwan 636
21 South Korea 498
32 Japan 339
33 India 336
39 Sri Lanka 316
45 Philippines 277
48 Vietnam 254

In fact, 26% of people the world (1.7m), and 35% of people in Europe (0.17m) live in countries with population densities at least as high at Germany.

Data source:wikipedia

PS: some local comparators:
Lewes District: 324
East Sussex County: 424
Lewes Town: 1,420
Brighton and Hove: 7,880
London: 12,331
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