I love it when people make my point for me...
reply to post by merka
Sweden's population: 9.35 million, with a population density of 53.3/mi². I guess that does sound sparse, when compared to the rest of the EU. I
took the liberty of compiling a list of the EU nations:
(Populations rounded to the nearest 1000, based on latest estimates.
Area rounded to nearest square mile.
Population density rounded to nearest unit.)
- Malta has 413,000 people in 121mi²; population density 3391
- The Netherlands has 16,618,000 people in 16,033mi²; population density 1036.5
- Belgium has 10,827,000 people in 11,787mi²; population density 918.6
- The UK has 62,042,000 people in 94,060mi²; population density 659.9
- Germany has 81,758,000 people in 13,7847mi²; population density 593
- Italy has 60,231,000 people in 116,346mi²; population density 517.4
- Luxembourg has 502,000 people in 999mi²; population density 501.3
- The Czech Republic has 10,507,000 people in 30,450mi²; population density 341
- Denmark has 5,540,000 people in 16,640mi²; population density 331.2
- Poland has 38,164,000 people in 120,726mi²; population density 319.9
- France has 65,447,000 people in 260,558mi²; population density 299
- Portugal has 11,317,000 people in 35,645mi²; population density 295
- Slovakia has 5,379,000 people in 18,932mi²; population density 287
- Hungary has 10,007,000 people in 35,919mi²; population density 279
- Austria has 8,373,000 people in 32,383mi²; population density 257
- Slovenia has 2,054,000 people in 7,827mi²; population density 251
- Romania has 22,215,000 people in 92,043mi²; population density 233
- Spain has 45,989,000 people in 195, 364mi²; population density 231
- Greece has 11,306,000 people in 50,944mi²; population density 221
- Cyprus has 870,000 people in 3,572mi²; population density 221
- Bulgaria has 7,564,000 people in 42,823mi²; population density 168
- Ireland has 4,459,000 people in 27,133mi²; population density 148
- Lithuania has 3,342,000 people in 25,173mi²; population density 141
- Latvia has 2,218,000 people in 24,938mi²; population density 89
- Estonia has 1,340,000 people in 17,413mi²; population density 75
- Sweden has 9,354,000 people in 173,745mi²; population density 53
- Finland has 5,360,000 people in 130,595mi²; population density 40
The EU then has a total population of 503.2 million people living on an area of 1,729,000mi². That's a population density of about 291! Yeah,
you're next to the most sparsely populated country in the EU. Congratulations.
Now this list
shows the population, area, and population density of
the US states. The following states have a lower population density that the lowest EU member (Finland):
Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Idaho, Nebraska, Utah, Kansas, and Oregon
In addition, Maine, Colorado, Oklahoma, Iowa, Arkansas, and Arizona all have a lower population density than Sweden.
The average population density for the USA (same source) is 80.7, compared to the EU which has an average of 291.
The USA has smaller cities, more distance between those cities, and much more rural (agricultural or undeveloped) area than Europe. That much is a
fact. You can argue about how it isn't all day long; it only shows that you need to look beyond your front door.
Of course it could also have something to do with the gas hungry American cars that are the size of a small mobile home...
And this proves my last statement. I am driving a 2002 Buick LeSabre, getting about 28 mpg highway and 22 mpg city. I do have a pickup, an old Chevy
V8 gas-guzzler, but it is rarely used. It's there in case I need to haul lumber form the nearest town which happens to be 10 miles away from
. I suppose you might think I should walk a 20-mile round trip with a wheelbarrow to haul materials, right?
Or maybe you live in some really really tiny mobile homes over there?
Yeah, thanks for making my point. I appreciate it.