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What number are you in the 7 billion on Earth?


Nobody likes to be known as just a number, but if you have a hankering to know where you fall in the seven billion people who will be on Earth in the next few weeks, the UN Population Fund can provide a pretty good guess.

By entering your birthday, they calculate the number you were on the day you were born as well your number in the history of mankind.

Both numbers have been calculated using UN Population Division figures. The first is an estimate of how many people were alive on your date of birth. It is one possible value based on global population figures and estimates of growth rates over time. Data before 1950 is less accurate than figures after that date. The second number includes calculations based on the methodology of scholar Carl Haub, who estimated how many people had been alive since 50,000 B.C. His calculation has been amended by the UN to include additional points in time.

The site also provides information on individual countries and for each gender, so it’s safe to say you could waste a decent amount of time on the site.

To celebrate reaching the 7-billion person milestone by the end of 2011, Playing for Change teamed up with the United Nations to create a world anthem with musicians from all over the planet entitled “United.”

Full story at BBC via Breakfast Links.

Where in the world do we fit?

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