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For a period of time, I was sharing a monthly round-up of news from Mongolia – choosing items that (in my mind) provided an overview as to the issues affecting the country as well as articles that provide an insight into the Mongolian culture. Back in November 2011, the world has just reached a population of 7 billion. It was reported in the UB Post (one of Mongolia’s English language newspapers), along with reports including ‘Dalai Lama spreads morality message to new generation on eighth visit to Mongolia’, ‘Nine Mongolian Olympic berths secured for London 2012’ and,(my personal favourite), ‘Tourists bunk with goats in Mongolia’.

‘At 1:49:23 AM (GMT +8,) Ulaanbaatar-Mongolian time, the National Statistical Office of Mongolia has informed us that the world population has reached 7 billion. During this moment, mothers from every corner of the world were celebrating newborn babies as “7th Billion Children.” In Mongolia, 21 babies were born during this time, and 2 of them were born before 1:49:50 AM, only a 37 second difference from the time of the announcement.’

Did you know that Mongolia is the size of Western Europe? 1,565,000 square kilometres of glorious space. According to the 2010 census (which 96.5% of the population responded to, not bad for a country with 40% of its population still semi or fully nomadic), Mongolia has a  population of 2,754,685. That works out at roughly  1.7 people per square kilometre. That’s a lot of space and makes Mongolia one of the least, if not the least, densely populated countries in the world. 

There is a traditional Mongolian saying: ‘Man’s joy is in wide-open and empty spaces’ and if you wish to explore this immense space with us then look at our Mongolia experiences

Mongolian gers in the wide open steppe landscape of Mongolia. This is the real Mongolia.

Jessica Brooks
Jessica Brooks
I'm Jess Brooks, the founder of Eternal Landscapes Mongolia and the voice behind EL's blog posts. For more than a decade, since 2006, I've been based in Mongolia, working closely with my beloved Mongolian team to advocate for a tourism approach that brings about positive change.. What sets our blog apart is our deep understanding of Mongolia—our home. Unlike content from influencers or creators, our posts prioritise authenticity and firsthand knowledge as guiding principles.
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