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People > Total population > Regional Population > Index of geographic concentration of population > Small regions: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: The number of inhabitants of a given region, the total population, can be either the average annual population or the population at a specific date during the year considered. The average population during a calendar year is generally calculated as the arithmetic mean of the population on 1 January of two consecutive years (it is also referred to as the mean population). However, some countries estimate it on a date close to 1 July (mid-year population).

The index of geographic concentration offers a picture of the spatial distribution of the population, as it takes into account the area of each region.

The index compares the economic weight and the geographic weight over all regions in a given country and is constructed to account for both within- and between-country differences in the size of all regions. It lies between 0 (no concentration) and 100 (maximum concentration) and is suitable for international comparisons.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Canada 80.99 Year 2004 2009
2 Australia 80.04 Year 2004 2009
3 Iceland 63.25 Year 2004 2009
4 Mexico 53.61 Year 2004 2009
5 South Korea 51.62 Year 2004 2009
6 United States 51 Year 2004 2009
7 Sweden 50.19 Year 2004 2009
8 United Kingdom 50 Year 2004 2009
9 Portugal 49.22 Year 2004 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 45.84 Year 2004 2009
10 Japan 43.93 Year 2004 2009
11 Spain 43.41 Year 2004 2009
12 Finland 40.92 Year 2004 2009
13 Norway 40.73 Year 2004 2009
High income OECD countries average (profile) 40.3 Year 2004 2009
14 New Zealand 38.86 Year 2004 2009
15 Greece 35.09 Year 2004 2009
16 Austria 35.01 Year 2004 2009
17 Switzerland 34.81 Year 2004 2009
18 France 34.18 Year 2004 2009
19 Italy 31 Year 2004 2009
20 Turkey 29.96 Year 2004 2009
21 Germany 29.79 Year 2004 2009
22 Denmark 28.9 Year 2004 2009
23 Ireland 28.43 Year 2004 2009
24 Netherlands 25.2 Year 2004 2009
25 Poland 25.16 Year 2004 2009
26 Belgium 23.22 Year 2004 2009
27 Hungary 21.51 Year 2004 2009
28 Czech Republic 20.9 Year 2004 2009
29 Slovakia 11.98 Year 2004 2009

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