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

Saturday 1 September 2007

No.125: Liberia

Full story to follow ...

Owen Powell - 1st September 2007

I am embarrassed to say that I don't know much of Saga's story. We exchanged a few emails while Alex and I were in Edinburgh (which explains the four week gap between Moldova and Liberia), culminating in an invite from Saga to her daughter's 30th birthday party in a wine bar in Dalston.

I spend the whole day moving house, and so arrive late at the party, when it's in full swing. Saga greets me effusively, I give Doy a box of chocolates, and we all have a very brief chat with very loud backing music. I discover Saga has relatives from Sierra Leone and Antigua and Barbuda, but as hostess she is needed in ten places at once so I spend a lot of time sampling the fantastic food.

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