Views of the World The World in Year 1

Views of the World have created this amazing cartogram, based on a census from year 1.

The results of this world population survey were not made public for over 2,000 years - until now!

Inspired by this amazing find, Benjamin Hennig - a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, created this cartogram, which visually presents the population ratio in each country (by present-day borders):

"The first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke in the Bible state that the birth of Jesus took place at the time of the census: “In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered.” 

However, despite all recent initiatives to open up public data, the Census results of back then have not seen the light of day…until now!"

OneEurope and Views of the World wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!