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The world is such an unfair place. The most recent edition of the ONS social trends had a table that reminds us of that fact.
The table looked at demographic indicators from a series of countries located on the Greenwich meridian, including the UK. Once you leave Europe, the further south a country, the poorer the life chances for their residents.
For example, a French woman can expect to live about 24 years longer than her Ghanian sister. In Spain, only 4 new born babies out of a thousand die, while in Mali, that number is 128.
However, there is one number that puts the UK way out in front - population density. We have 248 people per square kilometre, over double the population density in France, and nearly three times that found in Spain.