This is a project that Owen Powell and Alex Horne started on October 24th, 2006 (United Nations Day), and finished on October 24th, 2007. Our aim was to prove that London is the most cosmopolitan city in the world, by endeavouring to meet and chat to a citizen from every country in the world who currently lives and works in London.

We managed to meet people from 189 countries. According to the UN, there are 192 countries in the world, so we've proved that at the very least, London contains over 98.4% of the nations of the world!


We are still looking for people from three countries:

Marshall Islands; Palau; Tuvalu.

The final encounters during our year appear below, but to follow our story from the start please click on the links under 'How we're doing' on the left-hand side.  The countries appear in the order in which we found their representative. (Any country with an asterisk * next to it has a brief account of the interview - longer versions will appear in the future!)

To find out more about the project, including our self-imposed rules, then click here.


Follow this link if you have the urge to see us looking awkward on Channel 4 news.  Or just below you can see us when we were half-way through the project being interviewed by George Alagiah on BBC World.


Please email us on worldinonecity@hotmail.com if you want to get in touch, or if you know any shy Londoners who are also Tuvaluan, Palauan or Marshallese.

George Alagiah interviews us on the BBC

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Party News

The 'Nearly Half Way' Party!

Owen Powell - 23rd May 2007

As we now appear to have thousands of readers, or at least dozens of very keen readers, I'd like to extend an invitation to anyone who wants to see the project at close-hand to our 'Nearly Half Way' party, which we're having tomorrow night, on Thursday 24th May in central London. This is to celebrate the fact that we're exactly seven months in to the project, and exactly 13 people short of being half-way through meeting all 192 countries. So, being more than half-way through the time, and less than half-way through the numbers, it kind of averages out to the half-way point overall.

We've tried to contact all the people we've met so far, so hopefully lots of them will be there, and there should be a real multi-national flavour to the evening. If you want to come along, then email us on worldinonecity@hotmail.com, and we'll tell you where it is! Check out the list on the left, if you're from a country that isn't down there, then definitely come along and Alex will buy you free drinks all night! (Hope this is ok, Alex).

Great! It should be a super night. To those of you who are coming, it's going to be great to see you all.

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