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, 20 June 2007

Half Way!

Owen Powell - 20th June 2007

We're half way through the project!

In fact, we're over half way! Tonight I met our 96th and 97th people, Loreto from Chile and Marija from Serbia. (Their full interview will follow, probably some time in 2008 at my current rate of writing up meetings. Sorry for the delay, everyone who's waiting...)

Also to come, possibly at some point tomorrow, some fabulous 'Half Way Statistics'. Want to know how many men and women we've found? Which continents have proved hardest and easiest? Whether people live north or south of the river? Tune in soon.

Also, we'll shortly be announcing details of our half-way celebration, 'The World In One Picnic'. Everyone in the project so far will get an email invitation in the next few days, anyone else interested in coming along, drop us an email to the usual address.

Thanks so much to everyone so far who's taken part - we hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have!

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