There are about 6 billion people1 in the world. If we made a village of 100 people, 61 people would come from Asia (China, Russia, Japan, India, and many others). 5 inhabitants would be from North America, 13 would be from Africa, 12 people from Europe, 8 people from Central and South America, and 1 person would be from Oceania; which is someone from Australia or any island that is in the South and Central Pacific Oceans.
I found this portion super fascinating because they broke down the numbers by the Populus on each habitable continent; Asia, Africa, North and South America, Australia, and Europe. Our village is so dynamic and culturally diverse, I am excited to see what else our new home would represent, like languages or even the age groups!
22 people would speak in a Chinese dialect. 9 would speak English. 8 people would speak Hindi. 7 people would speak Spanish. 4 people would speak Bengali. 4 would speak Arabic. 3 would speak Russian. 3 would speak Portuguese. If we lived in this village, we could speak up to eight languages, isn’t that amazing! I would be very impressed if I met someone who could speak up to eight languages. How many do you speak?
We know that there would be a percentage of the village population originating from each continent and that our village would house 8 different languages, but what is the age range of the town? Would there be predominantly older people? What about younger people? In the short film, the narrator breaks down the data. 39 people would be under the age of 20 years old. 42 people would be between 20 and 49 years old. 18 people would be more than 50 years old. Only 1 person is over 80.
Religion is another demographic that people are grouped in. How many churches would our village have if we had 100 people from all over the world residing in it? 32 would be Christian, 19 would be Muslim, 13 would be Hindu, 12 would follow Animism and Shamanism, 6 people would be Buddhist, 1 person would be Jewish, and 15 people wouldn’t practice any organized religion.
How cool is our village? So many different faces, ages, and cultures, just like the whole world, there are so many dimensions to our way of life. This was just a sample of what the film discusses, I didn’t want to spoil the fun for you! This film can be found in our Digital Collection on Kanopy and is free to watch with your library card. Enjoy!
1At the time that “If the World Was A Village” was written, there were only approximately 6 billion people in the world. Currently, there are an estimated 7.8 billion people on Earth [World Population Clock: 7.8 Billion People (2021)].