Angus of the lovely blog "Sophie's French Adventure" recently posted this map of Europe showing how densely populated (or not) the various regions are.
One of the things I love about the part of France where we live is that it's so quiet - and yet it doesn't seem deserted. Looking at this map, our French house is in an area with the lowest density of population. This is very noticeable when driving around and means that you can drive for miles and barely see another vehicle. Journeys usually take exactly the amount of time you think they will take, every time, and there is hardly ever any litter anywhere.
In the UK we live in an area which is roughly ten times as busy, where there is the second highest density of population and we are very close to areas where it is the highest. This means that we don't have to go very far before we are surrounded by people. Even in the countryside, there are always other vehicles on the road and at weekends the traffic can be nose to tail through the pretty villages, all jockeying for position with walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Journeys have to be planned according to the time and day of travel, sometimes allowing a lot of extra time for hold-ups or taking a different route if you have an appointment to keep. Living near to a busy motorway, the area is frequently gridlocked when there is a major accident and traffic is diverted through the town. The amount of litter everywhere, even in the countryside, is depressing.
How busy is your part of the world?