Scotland and the rUK in the EU
I’ve blogged before about the fact that Scotland on its own has a very normal-sized population within an northern European context.
It’s quite illustrative to look at all the member states of the European Union (logarithmic scale):
Scotland (the small pink column) is slightly smaller than the average, being of almost exactly the same size as Denmark, Slovakia and Finland, and somewhat more populous than Ireland.
Interestingly, the graph also says something about England’s reluctance to let Scotland leave: While Germany is by far the most populous country, the current UK and France are competing for second place; however, without Scotland, both France and Italy have significantly larger populations that the Rest of the United Kingdom (rUK) – I’m sure this relegation won’t go down very well in certain quarters.