So I created this little graphic to easily show the difference between the UK, Britain and "this country". Note that "this country" should only be used when referring to the country you are actually in. So whichever one of these countries you are in. Just imagine the words "this country" under it's name.
|An easy to follow representation of the UK. Share via twitter | facebook
It's quite simple isn't it? So why do the media constantly get it wrong?
When I looked at the picture, it may have been correct and an easy way to show how it all works but it's not very accurate. So I started to think of how I could add some scale to show how everything relates to each other. In this instance I want to use population, I could use area, MPs, GDP and maybe at a later date I will. But for now I just want to make a simple graphic that depicts the four nations that make up the UK with some kind of scale.
I tried a few things but eventually I settled with pixels as a means of showing the countries. So I took the UK population figure of 63 million and drew a 251 x 251 pixel square. This square has 63,001 pixels. Meaning one pixel would represent 1000 people. (From here on in I will use px instead of pixels).
|Welcome to the UK (Scale 1px = 1000 people)
|England and the rest of the UK (yellow)
|England, Scotland and the rest of the UK (yellow)
|The UK population, scale 1px : 1000 people
|Same as before, except with London. Scale 1px : 1000 population
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|The balance of the UK (Scale 1 px = 1000 people). Share via twitter | facebook