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SMALL WORLD; If the world had 100 people there would be: 21 Europeans, 52 women, 11 gays and just ONE person would have a computer.


IT'S a small world according to a new way of looking at the population of the planet.

If the entire population was shrunk to a village of 100 people, with all the ratios kept the same, some fascinating facts are revealed.

Among the 100 villagers, 57 would be Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the western hemisphere and eight would be Africans.

Fifty-two would be female and 48 male. Seventy would be non-white and 30 white.

The village would consist of 89 heterosexuals and 11 gays, 30 would be Christian and 70 non-Christian.

Six people would possess 59 per cent of the village's wealth and they would all be from the United States.

The statistics are contained in an email which has found its way from America to thousands of people in the UK.

It says: "When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective,the need for acceptance,understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent."

Eighty of the 100 villagers would live in sub-standard housing, 70 would be unable to read and 50 would suffer from malnutrition. One would be near death and one would be newborn. A single villager would have a received a college education and just one would own a computer.

Among other facts are that one million people will not survive the week.

If you have never experienced war, imprisonment, torture or starvation, you are luckier than 500 million in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are better off than three billion. If you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back, and a roof over your head, then you are richer than 75 per cent of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change, you are among the top eight per cent of the world's wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and married, you are very rare.

And if you can read this, you are better off than the two billion in the world who cannot read at all.

DO you know who sent the original email? Contact Charlie Bain on

57 Asian

21 European 8 African

70 Non-white

70 Can't read

1 About to die 1 Newborn

1 Has degree

80 Live in poor


30 Christian

1 Has computer

52 Female

48 Male

89 Heterosexual

11 Gay
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2001
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