According to a newly published paper called The population of the world (2011) we are now 6,987 million citizens on the planet Earth.
However something makes me wonder if they counted Greenland. It’s not that inclusion or exclusion of the 57,564 Greenlanders will rock the figure, but I think we should all be in there.
But is Greenland visible in the population statistics at all?
First I looked for Greenland in North America where Greenland belongs in a geophysical context.
Then I looked for Greenland in Northern Europe where Greenland belongs in a political context.
Not there – or maybe there as part of (the Kingdom of) Denmark?
The population of Denmark is stated as 5.6 million citizens.
If I look up the Kingdom of Denmark on Wikipedia we have these numbers:
It’s a close call. If we round the numbers the 5.6 million citizens is without the North Atlantic dependencies and Greenland, and the Faroe Islands, isn’t anywhere else. And anyway the area clearly suggest that Greenland isn’t included as part of Denmark. So it could be a case of rounding or a case of timeliness – or most probably a case of incompleteness.
Maybe we have passed 7 billion people on earth already if someone else (also) is missing in the statistics.