This is a map of world populations: the larger the country, the bigger its population. Each grid square represents a million people. To save you the bother of counting up the squares, we’ve printed the total under the name of every country with more than 10 million people.
With this map it’s easy to get a sense of relative size. The most populous countries leap off the page – China, India – while the smallest countries – countries with fewer than a million people – don’t show up at all. Instead these are listed on the chart between South America and Africa.
Population is all about numbers, but often it’s hard to grasp numbers. Turning numbers into graphics makes them easier to comprehend because graphics are easier to make sense of than numbers.