Anyone who’s ever rented a closet in Manhattan and called it an apartment, or stayed in a capsule hotel in Tokyo will tell you that a lot of people can fit into some pretty small spaces. In fact, the whole world is divided into densely populated areas and much larger, not-so-populated areas; this holds true even within highly populous countries. For many reasons – including harsh climates and inability to maintain sustainable agriculture – countries’ populations are not proportional to their geographical area. But what if they were?
Here’s what the world map would look like if countries’ sizes matched their populations. (click below to enlarge image)