Those Left Behind
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK reported that 176 countries visited their web site to follow Hurtigruten. My big question was, from which countries did no one visit nrk.no/hurtigruten to watch the stunning scenery of the Norwegian coast?
It turned out that the list of 176 contains some “wannabe countries,” at least according to my definition of countries (192 UN countries + the Vatican, Kosovo, Palestine, Western Sahara and Taiwan, totalling 197 (Southern Sudan will be added as number 198 on July 9)).
Some, in this case, means 28. These are “wannabe countries,” meaning that they belong to another independent country or they’re just own IP ranges. The real number of countries from which people have been following “Hurtigruten” is in other words 148. Still a hell of a lot, and extremelly impressive. NRK has with this truly multimedial project really put down the foundation for a new genre. The 28 countries that shouldn’t, in my opinion, be counted as countries are, as follows:
28 wannabes Aruba (Dutch) Bermuda (British) BQ (dunno where this is, own IP, at least) British Virgin Islands (British) Cayman Islands (British) CW (unknown, own IP) Faeroe Islands (Danish) French Guyana (French) French Polynesia (French) GG (not me, but a cool name for a “country…” – own IP)
Gibraltar (British) Greenland (Dansih) Guadeloupe (French) Guam (American) Hong Kong (Chinese) IM (unknown, own IP) JE (unknown, own IP) Macau (Chinese) Martinique (French) New Caldonia (French)
Norfolk Island (Australian) Other Europe (who knows…) Puerto Rico (American) Reserved (well…) Reunion (French) St. Pierre and Miquelon (French) SX (unknown, own IP) Turks and Caicos Islands (British)
The 49 that were left behind 197 countries minus 176 countries equals 21. 21 plus 28 equals 49. That means that 49 “real” countries have been unlucky enough to not have any viewers of “Hurtigruten, minute by minute” to tell the tale to the rest. Those countries are:
Antigua and Barbuda Benin Bhutan Burkina Faso Burundi Cape Verde Cantral African Republic Chad Comoros Congo Brazzaville
Cote d’Ivoire Djibouti Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Gabon Grenada Guinea Haiti Kiribati Kosovo
Lesotho Liberia Libya Maldives Marshall Islands Micronesia Mongolia Nauru North Korea Palau
Papua New Guinea Rwanda Samoa Sao Tome and Principe Seychelles Sierra Leone Solomon Islands Somalia Swaziland Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Togo Tonga Turkmenistan Tuvalu Vanuatu The Vatican Western Sahara Yemen Zambia
In other words, mainly countries from Africa and the Pacific with a few Asian and North American ones thrown in. Plus Kosovo and the Vatican (probably covered by the IPs of Serbia and Italy). Perhaps not really surprising given the lack of infrastructure, lack of Norwegian tourists and lack of interest in local media.
The top ten countries? Read about them here.