Ethnicity map of Ukraine (2016)

Ethnicity map of Ukraine (2016)

1900 x 1400

‘It is really controversial. In Ukraine there is no official definition as nationality in any state-issued documents. So when somebody gets a citizenship they automatically become “Ukrainian” for the government. The question to implement the nationality is widely spoken but blocked from the above. I personally had a chance to face the government on that question when I needed at least some official paper which would admit my wife’s German ancestry. All her ancestors were ethnic Germans and in the USSR they had clearly stated nationality in all their documents. But in Ukraine, my wife just became Ukrainian citizen. No nationality anywhere. So I am very sceptical about any map about ethnic groups in Ukraine made by any gagency based on state data

While spoken community language does not equal to ethnicity 1:1, there is a correlation. And there are way more Russian speaker plurality rayons than indicated above. The “truth”, if there is any, might be between the two

I’m the opposite example. I was born in Russia, but ethnically ukranian. I don’t speak ukranian language and don’t have ukranian citizenship. So I’m ukranian for russians and russian for ukranians’

Ethnicity maps of Belarus (2019)

Ethnicity maps of Belarus (2019)

4000 x 3570

‘Fun fact: when Belarusuan SSR was (re-)established in 1920, it didn’t include the westernmost Vitebsk, Mogilev and Grodno oblasts - they were added in 1926-7. Whenever Belarusuans online state their need to move away from Russian influence, there are often some Russians in comments who remind them of that, call them thankless and demand to return these territories; Belarusuans reply that when BSSR was initially founded in 1919, it included not only these but also Smolensk

Not only Smolensk, but also the current Belastok and Vilnius, many nationalists in Belarus often raise the issues of these lands, but there are reasons for this, if you delve into the Polish-Belarusian history, you can make sure that the Poles simply occulted the Belarusian territories and carried out polonization, so now it is very difficult to defend the interests of these lands, since the majority in Belastok are now Poles, but I’m not sure about Vilnius, nevertheless I consider it Lithuanian, Smolensk is also Belarusian, the Russians were able to capture this city only in 1654’

Geographic distribution of Vietnam-born people in Australia (2016)

Geographic distribution of Vietnam-born people in Australia (2016)

6000 x 5556

‘This map appeared in my feed. Not familiar with Australia, but wondering why that certain section has such a high percentage of viet population? And what is that region called?

Also, how prevalent is Vietnamese culture in Australia compared to “viet-Australian” culture? Not sure how to put it, but it’d be similar in comparison to the difference between Filipino and filipino-American culture. Thanks for your time

It’s not specific to Vietnamese, it’s just where the majority of Australians live in general. The two states that have 30%+ are called New South Wales and Victoria and it’s where most Australians live, so it makes sense that most Vietnamese Australians live there too’

Ethnic groups of Libya

Ethnic groups of Libya

2010 x 2046

‘What happened to Greek population?

I don’t think we have any evidence of a greek population in the region beyond the antiquity. They either left, or integrated in the local culture, and contrarily to Egypte or the region of Carthage, it seems that the local christians all converted to Islam. It’s still possible that christian communities maintainted themselves in the cities or among the Berber tribes for some time and we just didn’t find the evidence, however it’s quite unlikely given the size of the populations in the area. And anyway, they wouldn’t speak Greek, but either a romance language (like in the former province of Africa), or a berber language. In any case, the greek presence in Cyrenaica is long gone.

Let’s keep in mind that Cyrenaica wasn’t very populated to begin with, and it was more heavily romanized (meaning, latin became more common than greek) than Egypt for example’

Counties in the United States with African-American majority populations (2010)

Counties in the United States with African-American majority populations (2010)

6900 x 4275

‘Fun fact: There’s an ancient seabed right where you see that sort of red swoop, which is hyper fertile. Because it’s such good farmland that area had many plantations and many slaves. When the slaves were freed many stayed in that area either due to lack of economic opportunity to move or because that area had become their home/they had worked that land for generations and had a deep connection to it. So now demographic data actually exactly reveals an ancient geographic feature’

Largest ancestry group by county in Delaware (2016)

Largest ancestry group by county in Delaware (2016)

598 x 467

‘Interesting. Are there any significant/noticeable cultural differences between the Northern and Southern part of the state?

As a Delawarean, yes. New Castle County is dominated by Wilmington and is very urban and suburban. It’s where the bulk of economic activity lies and has far and away the highest population and population density. Kent and Sussex counties are much more rural, and have a Tidewater south quality to them which New Castle does not. These places have lower populations, are less dense, and economic activity is much more dependent on tourism (from beach towns on the Delaware Bay mostly) and agriculture. It’s a little bit like if you bolted Philadelphia onto rural Oklahoma’

Most common self reported European ancestries in U.S. states (2017)

Most common self reported European ancestries in U.S. states (2017)

10570 x 3762

‘What I think is interesting is the states that have German in the top 2 and the states that have Italian in the top 2 are almost mutually exclusive (only Pennsylvania has both). Those 2 groups of states cover almost the whole US– only the northern 3 New England states and about half the former Confederate states have neither ancestry in the top 2’

Percentage of people self identifying as Indigenous in South American countries

Percentage of people self identifying as Indigenous in South American countries

2584 x 2982

‘Paraguay is extremely low and from what I understand the people have less of a stigma about identifying as indigenous—nearly everyone is of mixed heritage and more people actually speak Guarani than Spanish. I suspect people were given the choice of choosing between “indigenous” and “mixed”’

Laos ethno-linguistic map

Laos ethno-linguistic map

1590 x 2000

‘One of my favorite places on this Earth. I’ve always read there are 3 types of Lao people. The ones that live at sea level, ones that live at mid-range elevation and ones that live on the mountain tops. Sticky rice is the common denominator’

‘My wife and I have spent several months in Laos. It’s easily one of our favourite places. We bought motorbikes and drove from Luang Prabang down to 4,000 islands, best trip we’ve ever done’

Ethnic Map of Vietnam

Ethnic Map of Vietnam

2083 x 2949

‘Always found that the Vietnamese people have a fascinating history. The name of their nation is literally “South Yue”, Yue being an Austronesian kingdom founded just south of the Shanghai area that feature regularly in the Spring and Autumn era in Chinese history.

Crazy how far south the Yue identity has travelled, and then travelled even further down Indochina through conquest, acculturation and colonization’