by Anura Guruge
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Well these two graphic I found on the Web tell the story, eloquently.
Click to ENLARGE.
I left in 1967 when the population, even then considered ‘dense’,
was reaching 12 million.
My adoptive father, always the comedian, used to joke, at that time, i.e., c. 1967, that the population was so high because Ceylon at that time had no TV. Per his thesis, which does make sense, sans TV procreation was the only ‘relatively cheap’ mass entertainment available for the masses. I think Sri Lanka (which changed its name 1972) got TV, one channel I think, in 1979. But, the population has continued to grow.
The birth rate has come down — quite a bit.
But, ‘we’ now have MORE women, overall, each producing 2.29 babies …
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How Sri Lanka’s 20 million population compares against other countries …
Click to ENLARGE. See link below for Wikipedia original.
It was seeing Greece enter the Olympic arena, and the NBC graphic that said that they had a population of 10 million, that got me thinking about this …
Sri Lanka basically has twice the population of Greece. That is pretty amazing. Greece in terms of LAND is twice as big. So Sri Lanka is half the size, twice the population.
Sri Lanka has more people than Chile. Norway has just 5 million and Sweden 9.6 million. That is crazy.
Of course this means that tiny Sri Lanka is densely populated.
This map shows it and I highlighted where Sri Lanka is
— since I do know that most of you in the U.S. have no idea.
Click to ENLARGE. Use link below for the real big Wikipedia original.
Wikipedia original that ENLARGES even bigger …
Definitely food for thought.
With this kind of population we really should be doing better in the world when it comes to sport — rather than just in cricket.
Norway is leading the Sochi Olympics in medals right now. No, I don’t expect that ‘we’ will ever be great guns at the Winter Olympics but with 4 x the population of Norway we really should be winning more medals at the Summer Olympics.
All this said, I really think they should start putting hormones in the water to get the birth rate down to below 2.