Here are two random facts that show either how densely populated England is and/or how sparsely populated the entire island of Ireland is.
- If Ireland was as densely populated as England, its population would be a staggering 35.5 million, slightly larger than Canada.
- If England was as densely populated as Ireland, its population would only be 9.6 million, or slightly smaller than the Greater London Urban Area.
And just so no one is left out:
- Scotland would have 32.8 million people if it were as dense as England.
- Wales would have 8.7 million people if it were as dense as England.
- Northern Ireland would have 5.9 million people if it were as dense as England.
- The Republic of Ireland would have 29.5 million people if it were as dense as England.
The actual populations are below:
- United Kingdom: 65.1 million (2016 estimate)
- Great Britain: 63.2 million (2016 estimate)
- England: 54.8 million (2015 estimate)
- Ireland (island): 6.6 million (2017 estimate)
- Scotland: 5.4 million (2015 estimate)
- Republic of Ireland: 4.8 million (2016 census)
- Wales: 3.1 million (2011 census)
- Northern Ireland: 1.9 million (2017 estimate)
In terms of area:
- United Kingdom: 242,495 km2 (93,628 sq mi)
- Great Britain: 209,331 km2 (80,823 sq mi)
- England: 130,279 km2 (50,301 sq mi)
- Ireland (island): 84,421 km2 (32,595 sq mi)
- Scotland: 77,933 km2 (30,090 sq mi)
- Republic of Ireland: 70,273 km2 (27,133 sq mi)
- Wales: 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi)
- Northern Ireland: 14,130 km2 (5,460 sq mi)
In terms of density:
- England: 420.5/km2 (1,089.1/sq mi)
- Great Britain: 302/km2 (782 /sq mi)
- United Kingdom: 255.6/km2 (662.0/sq mi)
- Wales: 148/km2 (383.3/sq mi)
- Northern Ireland: 132/km2 (341.9/sq mi)
- Ireland (island): 78.6/km2 (203.5/sq mi)
- Republic of Ireland: 67.7/km2 (175.3/sq mi)
- Scotland: 67.5/km2 (174.8/sq mi)
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Ekke Visser says
Brexit is only of interest for England… The other parts of GB are victims.
Well Wales did vote for it as well, so can’t really say they’re victims.
And while we very strong oppose Brexit at MoverDB, this map is not meant to be a comment on it.
If anything its a comment ongoing impact the Irish Potato Famine still has today.
Wales are victims in the ‘Patty Hearst was a victim’ sense.
Edward Burke says
Ever ask yourself why 1m Irish starved to death and 1m emigrated during the ‘Irish Potato Famine’?
Ireland was rich in crops such as barley, wheat, oats, rye etc as well as all the usual vegetables, along with ducks geese, hens, pigs, goats, cattle, sheep and fish? It’s because the native Irish weren’t allowed have access to these for themselves. They were exclusively owned and harvested by the Anglo Irish Gentry and for export to absentee Landlords in Britain to feed the population there. The Irish ‘potato famine’ occurred within a country that was abundant in food but denied them by their British overlords who used the potato famine to cull the population. And many historians rightly regard this as a blatant act of genocide.
If it were not for England, Scotland would have lived by grazing sheep and catching fish
Cathal Duggan says
If it were not for England, Scotland and its people would be free to determine its own identity and future rather than suffering centuries of land clearance, rape, murder and theft by successive London tory government policies aimed at destroying and the inhilation of their Scottish neighbours.
Now the French and Germans are free to occupy the weirmarcht without any opposition
Give it time, we are being flooded with migrants.
England is a land of migrants.
You can’t really say Ireland’s population density is explained by the potato famine. Ireland (especially southern) is far less fertile than England. Therefore, Ulster is far denser th an The Republic, and England is far denser than either. The potato famine is a symptom, not a cause. There is a reason the anglo-saxons invaded england and left the fringes to the natives. And why the Scots established plantations in Ulster, not the south.
Derrick Conroy says
*You can’t really say Ireland’s population density is explained by the potato famine. Ireland (especially southern) is far less fertile than England*
Irelands population before the famine was 8.8 million, Englands was 10.5 million. Ireland and England have the same arable land during much of history.
*Therefore, Ulster is far denser the an The Republic, and England is far denser than either* I assume you’re talking about NI and not the province of Ulster? NI has worse arable land than the republic. NI is denser because it was not affected by the great hunger as badly, this is because protestants in the north where immune to many of the penal laws.
*The potato famine is a symptom, not a cause. There is a reason the anglo-saxons invaded england and left the fringes to the natives. And why the Scots established plantations in Ulster, not the south*
One of the dumbest comments Iv’e ever heard…you know absolutely nothing about history and lack even a pinch of self awareness how stupid and ignorant you are. It was not a famine as famine implies a shortage of food there was no shortage of food, the food was exported out of Ireland by Britain to feed its population and sell on the market while the population starved.
Ulster was settled by kings James and the Scots and English because of political reasons after the flight of the earls.
Michael Coone says
Don’t agree because if the great famine never occurred Ireland’s population would have been as dence as England and probably Immigration wouldn’t have occurred and we will have a population in the 20s millions the famine had a devastating effect on Ireland still affecting this day
France’s population would be 270 000 000.
USA : 4 050 000 000
Yep, pretty crazy to think about.