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Where are heavy metal bands the most dense when compared against a country’s total population? The original static map (shown below) was created by Reddit user depo_s who took the listing of bands by country from the Encyclopaedia Metallum and calculated the number of bands per 100,000 people using numbers from the CIA World Factbook.
The nordic areas seem to rule in terms of the highest proportion of heavy metal bands to residents. Finland leads the list of countries by far with 53.2 heavy metal bands per 100,000 residents. Sweden is the second most dense country with 37.14 metal bands per 100,000 residents. Interestingly, the Encyclopaedia Metallum lists Svalbard, an archipelago that makes up the northern part of Norway as its own country. With only one band but also only 1,970 residents, it ranks as the second densest listing. With the fourth place ranking, Liechtenstein with 27.24 bands per 100,000 residents was the only non nordic placement in the top five list. Finally, Norway, was listed as the fifth densest with 26.99 bands per 100,000. Adjusting for Svalbard didn’t have much impact on that proportion.
Interactive Map Showing the Density of Heavy Metal Bands By Country Per Resident
If you want to play with the numbers yourself, the data dump is listed below. I imported a CSV of the table shown on the next page into Google Fusion Tables and created an intensity map in Google Maps. Hover over the individual countries to see the density values:
To see the list showing metal bands per 100,000 people, number of bands, and total population by country, click on the next page below.
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