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An update about readers in faraway places (Angola, Cuba, Sudan …)

In September 2019, in this piece about readers in distant places, I noted that this Blog has attracted at least one visitor from 38 of the 40 most populous nations on earth. The exceptions were Iran and Sudan (18th and 34th respectively in the list of countries by population). I wrote, “If either country does appear in my list of Views and Visitors, I’ll let you know.” I can report that at some point in the last year at least one person from Sudan has chanced upon this site. In addition, people in Angola, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mali, Bolivia and Cuba have all paid a visit. There had been no traffic from any of those countries before September 2019.

Iran remains as the most populous country with no registered visits to these pages. The next most populous is Yemen (49th in the list). For the record, and because I have once again been playing around with these numbers in a spreadsheet, here is a table listing the 21 nations with a population greater than 5.9 million that have no registered views to this site. Their rank and population sizes are from the same May 2019 data-set that I was using last year and have not changed dramatically since then.

Country

Rank

Population

Iran

18

82,788,200

Yemen

49

29,161,922

Ivory Coast

51

25,823,071

North Korea

54

25,450,000

Niger

56

22,314,743

Burkina Faso

58

20,870,060

Malawi

64

17,563,749

Syria

68

17,070,135

Senegal

69

16,209,125

Chad

70

15,692,969

South Sudan

74

12,778,250

Rwanda

75

12,374,397

Guinea

76

12,218,357

Benin

77

11,733,059

Haiti

78

11,577,779

Burundi

83

10,953,317

Azerbaijan

90

10,027,874

Papua New Guinea

98

8,558,800

Togo

101

7,538,000

Paraguay

102

7,152,703

Turkmenistan

111

5,942,089

If your knowledge of world geography is up to it, you might be able to match up the countries in the table above with the blank areas in the map below. It shows, in varying shades of pink and red, the countries that have registered views to this site. The UK is the only one in red, as over 90% of views come from here.

Countries and Views to September 2020

My knowledge of world geography is not great but I note the following significant blank areas, reading from left to right: Suriname and Paraguay in Latin America; a sizable chunk of central and west Africa (including the Central African Republic); three of the five countries that border the Caspian Sea (Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Iran); Mongolia; Papua New Guinea. The largest single area that was blank a year ago but has since been filled in is Greenland, which WordPress counts separately from the rest of Denmark. It has registered exactly one Page View in the last year. My thanks to that one hardy soul for stopping by, and to you, wherever you are.

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