The Global Village in 2015
If we could shrink the Earth’s population of 7 billion to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like this: (have in mind, that each of the villagers represents a population of 70 million, that’s more than the whole population of France).
Half of the entire village’s wealth would be in the hands of only 6 people, and most of them would be citizens of the United States.
- 61 Asians (19 from China, 18 from India)
- 15 Africans
- 10 Europeans
- 9 South America & the Caribbean
- 5 North America
- 33 Christian
- 22 Islamic
- 14 Hindus
- 7 Buddhists
- 2 atheists
- 26 are under 14 years old
- 8 are 65 years and over
- 12 are speaking Mandarin Chinese
- 5 would speak Spanish
- 5 would speak English
- 5 would speak Hindi or Bengali
- 3 would speak Arabic
- more than 2 speak Portuguese
- 2 speak Russian
- 2 speak Japanese, and
- 1 speaks German
- the rest of the villagers can choose one or the other of the 6000 languages spoken on the planet
- 51 would be from the least developed countries with a disposable income of US $2 a day
- 31 would be from less developed countries with a disposable income of US $15 a day
- 18 would be from developed countries with an average income of US $90 a day
Urban vs Rural
- 51 of our village people live in areas termed “urban”
- Would our little village be in a more developed surrounding actually 75 would live in big cities.
60 would live within 100 km of a coastline. About 50 would rely in some manner on coastal and marine habitats for food, building sites, transportation, recreation, and waste disposal.
65 would live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight. (Source: WHO)
Half of the villagers would distrust their government. No wonder, that the governments mistrust their people.
The village’s population would use 77 mobile phones, but they are unequally distributed, some of the villagers would have 2 or more cell phones, other none.
33 would be Internet users, 15 would have Internet access from home and 12 would be active users of Facebook.
33 would believe in witchcraft, ghosts, alien, etc. The number is a rough assumption, but according to a Gallup Poll in Sub-Saharan Africa, 55% of its residents personally believe in witchcraft. According to the poll by the Associated Press and Ipsos, a third of Americans say they believe in ghosts.
25 would live in substandard housing or have no home at all.
22 would be overweight.
13 would suffer from malnutrition.
10 would have no job. Villagers with a job would work in agriculture: 36, industry: 21, and services: 43.
10 would live in least developed countries.
7 would be unable to read and write (age 15 and over).
7 would have a college education.
At least 5 would be part of the gay community.
3 would be migrants – Includes migrant workers, internally displaced persons, and refugees.
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