Archive for October, 2008

All inhabited islands?

Friday, October 31st, 2008

A reader asks: “I’m looking for a list of all the permanently inhabited islands in the world, their locations, and their approximate populations. Where do I look?”

That is a tough one, as my estimate of the number of inhabited islands in the world is 11,000, including all sea, river, and lake islands. There is no central list of any category of them.

Two places that will capture the major ones — especially large sea islands — are: