New NASA Night Lights Maps offer a look at New Zealand at Night, and an excellent visualization of how sparsely populated the country really is.
New Zealand’s small population – about 4.5 million people – is behind many of the unique characteristics of the country. It’s a big reason that the natural beauty of these green islands is so well preserved.
Here’s the UK for comparison.
The UK is slightly smaller in area than New Zealand, and has a population of over 65 million people.
Here’s the USA for comparison. The contrast between east and west is also interesting here.
And the planet Earth:
Below are links to larger images of the entire globe:
Thanks to this post on reddit for inspiration and information.