UPDATE: In the comments reader George analyzed the data on a per capita view basis, and sent me an Excel file, which I reproduce below. I was surprised to find out that the US is actually fourth in views per capita, with New Zealand heading the list, and Canada and the UK still above the US. Thanks to all the Kiwis!
Every few months I check the dashboard of this site to see where the readers come from. Below is the diagram showing readership over the past 365 days. Naturally, the readership is highest in Anglophone countries, but I’m pleased to see that, with one exception, there were views from every country in the world, including those recalcitrant central African countries from which we never used to get any views.
Now what is the one country that’s missing? You can probably guess from first principles alone, but you can also see it as a tiny blank on the map. Last year I believe we got two views from that same nation, and the presence of even those views mystifies me.
Here are the top ten countries with yearly reader views:
And the bottom eleven (three were tied with four views each). I wonder who provided the one view from Nauru and St. Helena. both oceanic islands.
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You have readers in Franz Josef Land but not Svalbard??? Some Arctic bias there…!
When I consider that there are 3-4 posts a day, & I generally look at all unless I am on holiday, I must visit approximately 1,000 times a year!
Yes, Svalbard is part of Norway and should be colored in.
Svalbard has its own internet domain.
Yes; but if he’s counting nations…
(I don’t imagine he’s only filling in counties in Norway which have clicked on the site.)
Svalbard is still, TTBOMK, disputed territory. The Russians still have their coal mine, don’t they?
Ah. Very similar to the set-up in _Fortitude_.
Hmmm, ignoring the polar islands it looks to me like there are TWO white areas, though one is a disputed region rather than a formal state. There’s North Korea, but also Western Sahara (the disputed region; look below Morocco).
Damn, you’re right! I missed that.
Eritrea also looks white to me.
I seem to recall the exact same white areas from the previous viewer/nation post.
Does Western Sahara have an active entry in the routing tables? There is long-standing murkiness in the way it has been partly annexed by Morocco. Big questions over legality, genocide – oh it’s all very murky.
Eritrea (and the French enclave of Djibouti) is a model of clarity by contrast. I still turned down proposals of working there though – no credible descriptions of security arrangements with the proposal, and I don’t fancy spending several years chained to a wall in a cellar in Somalia.
I live in Brazil and enjoy reading your blog. I am a Professor of Statistics and freelance photographer. I especially enjoyed your recent post on why some atheists dislike the so called “new atheists”.
Score one more from Brazil. Fantastic books, fantastic posts, religiously fundamentalist Brazilians should read JAC more often!
How many from the Vatican City?
If there was ONE entry in the FvF competition from St.Peters, that could easily account for several accesses from a Vatican coffee shop.
If I find myself in the VC, while the wife goes to be cultural, I can hold my nose and contaminate their servers from the coffee shop.
May I point out that on a per capita basis Canadians are half again as readerish as the locals.
That just means it takes you two reads of the same article to get the understanding us ‘murkins get in one reading. 🙂
It’s like the box signs. Ours reads “this side up”, norwegian signs reads “this side down”.
On a population adjusted basis, New Zealand is #1, followed by Canada, UK, US and Oz. What is the number from Poland, the land of Hili?
It’s 52,519 views.
… for 136 views/ 100k population. Just behind the French.
If the French are cheese-eating surrender monkeys, are the Poles kolbasa-chomping code-breaking monkeys? and the Kiwis moa-wishing non-Australian ratites?
Very impressed you’ve got someone from St Helena. Has Napoleon finally worked out how to use the interwebz?
N Korea of course. Knew it but checked the map to confirm.
You have a broad reach! 🙂
Here I am, from Firenze-Italia with my friends – cats – too.
“[…]. His ineffable effable,Effanineffable, Deep and inscrutable singular Name” (by T. S. Eliot).
And Lucca, Italy I am sure is represented, paesana!!
I’ve visited Lucca, twice actually. A lovely place.
St. Helena’s solitary click: the ghost of Napoleon, still wondering what Laplace meant.
North Korea, of course, but Guinea Bissau seems white too, or is it an artefact of map resolution?
I wonder why Svalbard is white, though. Shouldn’t it be colored the same as Norway?
Maybe some kindly reader will rank the countries based on a per-capita criterion (views/inhabitant)???
Country Views Population Views/100k pop
New Zealand 127,311 4,616,320 2,758
Canada 847,196 35,749,600 2,370
UK 1,137,832 64,596,750 1,761
USA 5,273,017 321,605,012 1,640
Australia 389,258 23,897,300 1,629
Sweden 108,089 9,804,082 1,102
Netherlands 123,411 16,919,900 729
Germany 187,894 81,083,600 232
France 100,797 67,063,000 150
India 97,812 1,277,150,000 8
Have to work on that – could not paste a picture in the comment. Need some HTML code.
I’ll put it up in the main post. Thanks, George.
I think Sweden is the most impressive. While nominally not part of the Anglosphere, 85.9% of Swedes speak English – and speak it well. Not just all the Swedes playing hockey in the NHL. Denmark is just ahead of Sweden for English speakers (percentage) in a non-Anglosphere country with 86%. Canada is at 85.63% – although that may reflect French speakers who can get by in English but as a rule do not try.
Surprisingly, the three countries with the most English speakers after the US are: India, Pakistan and Nigeria. UK is fifth. Then Phillipines, Germany, Bangladesh and Canada.
Not completely sure, but I think you have a small blank space on map where Kosovo is supposed to be. Eritrea is also blank.
Oh dear! One of these years I’ll get EVERY country. . .
For the last year, my at-work views will have routed through the Netherlands. If we get the Cote d’Ivoire job, I’ll try to keep the links up from there.
I like to think those two views from Svalbard last year came from a couple of armored bears.
Let’s see, about
7 billion = .01
So, about 1% of the Earth’s population are viewers.
We can change the world!!!
Bad math – actually 0.11% not 1%.
Bad math! Wicked math! Naughty math!
That is due to using math. If maths were used, it would have been accurate.
Just what I was thinking. And as NZ says maths, and we’re #1 per capita …
The dog ate my decimal place. Grrrrr.
I’m from India. Got introduced to this blog after reading WEIT and have been reading your blog ever since. I’m a Midwestern Drosophilist (PhD from Michigan State U) by training too.
One of my favorite biologists (after Jerry of course), is Richard Lenski of MSU. I just love the long term E. coli evolution experiment. I think it is now over 60,000 generations (since 1988).
When some try to hype the differences between different so-called “races”, I usually point out that homo sapien sapiens almost went extinct 75,000 years ago – about 3,500 generations. And then mention how long it has taken Lenski to get differences in a bacteria.
There are issues in that comparison but still – learn some biology. Which means learn EVOLUTION!!!
Astonishing, though I find it odd that so many of these overseas territories and what not have their own TLD. (St. Pierre and Michelon, for example, are part of France.)
I’m going to Kiribati in February. If I have an Internet connection I’ll push up their views.
Awwww! Heather has made all those NZ clicks herself! Is that fair?! 🙂
No, I exported some of mine to Google Drive and sent them to her to boost her participation.
I’m sure I’m not the only one! I couldn’t have managed all that on my own. Maybe I’m just the most opinionated!
Besides, I’ve come across a few other Kiwis here.
And remember, I’m mostly commenting while lying in bed in the early morning. Most New Zealanders are getting ready for work, watching breakfast TV, and going to work at the moment.
It changes with daylight saving, but at the moment we’re 17 hours ahead of Chicago.
Any chance WordPress offers a similar map / chart by US state? I think that would be similarly revealing….
Nauru having 1 view is probably good as the very dodgy government there is into restricting internet access in case people criticise or expose conditions in the Australian immigration detention centres hosted by that country.
I live in Australia and I don’t often visit the site as all the posts are emailed to me.
Are readers like me included in the overall readership?
Perhaps the “blank” white countries are using TOR…