Interrupted International Borders, Part II: Europe, Africa, and North America

Today, we finish off our look at countries that border other countries more than once thanks to the presence of an intervening country or water body (Part I can be found here).  Again, each of these examples could be their own article and then some; consider these more of a brief description of each border’s…

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Capitals of Their Country, Not of Their Region

Ottawa. Pretoria. Ngerulmud. That’s right, Ngerulmud.  What do these three cities share in common?  Well, for one, they’re all national capitals (Ngerulmud, if you’re wondering, has been the capital of the west Pacific island nation of Palau since 2006).  Even more uniquely, they’re cities which are capitals of their entire country but not of the…

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Population Pyramids

A large part of my everyday work involves the use of age demographic breakdowns, and thus by extension population pyramids, the simple-but-effective diagrams that display age and sex distributions in a given populace, usually in blocks of 1 to 5 years. They’re called ‘pyramids’ because that’s how the diagrams appear when a population is growing, producing…

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