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Land Area
Produced by the SASI group (Sheffield) and Mark Newman (Michigan)
The land area of each territory is
shown here.
The total land area of these 200
territories is 13056 million hectares.
Divided up equally that would be 2.1
hectares for each person. A hectare
is 100 metres by 100 metres.
However, population is not evenly
spread: Australia’s land area is 21 times
bigger than Japan’s, but Japan’s
population is more than six times
bigger than Australia’s.
Each territory’s size on the map is drawn according to
its land area.
Technical notes
• Principal data source: United Nations Environment
Programme, 2005
• Land area excludes land covered by major rivers,
lakes and the sea
• Population data used is from 2002.
• See web site for further information
MOST AND LEAST LAND
Rank
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Territory
Greenland
Western Sahara
Mongolia
Namibia
Australia
Suriname
Mauritania
Iceland
St Vincent & The Grenadines
Botswana
Value
821
97
60
41
39
39
37
33
33
31
Rank
191
192
193
194
195
196
197
198
199
200
hectares per person
Territory
Nauru
Barbados
Bahrain
Maldives
Bangladesh
Malta
Holy See
Singapore
Hong Kong (China)
Monaco
WORLD LAND DISTRIBUTION
Value
0.154
0.143
0.101
0.100
0.091
0.080
0.044
0.016
0.015
0.006
Japan
0.2%
Western Europe Central Africa
2.4%
3.7%
North America
Southeastern Africa
13.8%
18.5%
Eastern Europe
1.9%
South America
12.1%
Northern Africa
10.7%
Eastern Asia
7.4%
Middle East
18.0%
Southern Asia
2.7%
Asia Pacific
8.5%
“Secure access to land remains essential for diverse land-based livelihoods and is a precondition for sustainable
agriculture, economic growth and poverty reduction ”
Oxfam, 2006
www.worldmapper.org
© Copyright 2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan)
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