News that the population of the UK has finally topped 60 million prompted me to do a quick bit of maths:
The published figures show that the population density of the UK as a whole, which has a surface area of 247,000 square km is around 240 (people per km sq).
Compare this with France, which has a similar sized population – but is over 547,000 km sq – the figure is a mere 108 people per km sq.
What makes really frightening reading though, is when you exclude Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales from the calculation.
England covers 130,000 km sq, while at the same time accounting for 50 million inhabitants[83% of the UK] – which brings the people per kilometre figure England up to a frightening 387. That makes England the most densely populated country in Europe!
So if there was ever a reason to move to France – surely it is to enjoy 3.6 times more personal space; a 3.6 times bigger house; and 3.6 times more parking space!?