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Forgot about becoming an astronaut—these days, kids are three times more likely to dream of becoming a professional YouTuber.

And who can blame them? With a big enough fan base, vlogging can be a lucrative business. Who exactly are these professional content creators, and how do they make their money?

This graphic by Accredited Debt Relief shows the most popular YouTuber in nearly every country. The list only considers individual YouTubers, so brands, bands, or shows didn’t make the cut.

How Do YouTubers Make Money?

Before diving into the list, it’s important to understand the basics of the business. How do these content creators generate revenue?

  • Advertisements
    If a YouTuber reaches 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours within a year, they can start to monetize their account with advertisements. YouTubers only get paid when a viewer watches the full ad, or clicks on it.
  • YouTube Premium
    This is a monthly subscription service that allows fans to watch their favourite content without ads. YouTubers get a cut of subscription profits, based on how many views their channel attracts.
  • Corporate Sponsorships
    Also known as influencer marketing, this is when brands pay content creators to promote their product. A vlogger typically needs a large following before brands are willing to work with them, but expectations from brands vary based on the company and their marketing objectives.
  • Merchandise Sales
    If an influencer has a loyal fan base, they can make a pretty penny selling branded swag. It’s estimated that PewDiePie, the world’s most popular YouTuber, makes over $6 million a month from merch sales.

While there are several options for making money on YouTube, it’s nearly impossible to make a living without a large following.

The Full Breakdown

With over 50 million content creators on YouTube, getting noticed is no easy feat. Here’s a look at the most popular YouTubers in 187 different countries, based on their total subscribers:

CountryYouTuberCategorySubscribersEst. Monthly Earnings (USD$)
🇮🇸 IcelandSorelle AmoreEntertainment965,000$3,300
🇧🇸 BahamasCrypto BeadlesTech92,600$2,400
🇨🇾 CyprusTumkaGames / Тумка:3Gaming900,000$7,900
🇲🇿 MozambiqueArte e VidaEntertainment86,800$655
🇹🇿 TanzaniaYoung TubersKids828,000$63,100
🇱🇾 LibyaKing GTAGaming812,000$69,900
🇪🇹 EthiopiaAmharic CookingHow To81,700$872
🇧🇼 BotswanaShree craft placeHow To80,800$11,000
🇳🇷 NauruJerseySurvivorEntertainment80,700$2,800
🇹🇴 TongaTasteoftheSouthPacificHow To8,700$281
🇯🇵 Japanはじめしゃちょー(hajime)Entertainment8,710,000$238,800
🇻🇳 VietnamNTN VlogsEntertainment8,610,000$19,600
🇸🇪 SwedenNarins BeautyBeauty & Style8,310,000$203,300
🇷🇸 SerbiaLife Hacks & ExperimentsHow To8,040,000$318,400
🇫🇲 Micronesia, Federated States ofdxd101Entertainment79,300$2,700
🇯🇲 JamaicaYanriqueGaming785,000$50,300
🇬🇾 GuyanaPro MarathiTech77,000$29
🇵🇸 PalestineFozi MoziKids7,700,000$723,900
🇮🇹 ItalyMarziaEntertainment7,660,000$1,800
🇩🇿 AlgeriaOum WalidHow To7,470,000$217,700
🇹🇱 Timor Lesteking_vieira OFFICIALMusic7,300$221
🇮🇶 Iraqقناة منوعات الكوميدية العراقيهPeople & Blogs7,260,000$593,000
🇦🇿 AzerbaijanResul Abbasov OfficialEntertainment668,000$33,400
🇲🇪 MontenegroAdnanBroGaming626,000$18,000
🇸🇨 SeychellesRosa GrunerGaming60,900$7,100
🇬🇼 Guinea-BissauEditing ki DukanHow To60,500$635
🇷🇴 RomaniaBe InspiredEducation6,690,000$86,500
🇳🇬 NigeriaMarkAngelComedyComedy6,340,000$326,800
🇵🇦 PanamaMimonona StoriesKids6,230,000$7,900
🇱🇦 LaosBigyai SeehaladEntertainment582,000$114,300
🇧🇧 BarbadosBrilliant NewsEntertainment580,000$158,500
🇧🇹 BhutanCigano RamiresPeople & Blogs56,900$7,200
🇺🇸 United States of AmericaLike NastyaKids56,900,000$7,730,000
🇧🇿 Belizengashigi kangleipakPeople & Blogs56,300$806
🇩🇯 DjiboutiEman LotfiEntertainment55,700$1,400
🇨🇺 CubaLifeplesEntertainment538,000$70,700
🇧🇳 BruneiBernardo WerneckEntertainment52,800n/a
🇸🇲 San MarinoBlackJack997Autos51,500$222
🇲🇳 MongoliaMesmerism OfficialComedy504,000$16,300
🇫🇮 FinlandTheRelaxingEndGaming5,800,000$128,600
🇦🇩 AndorraTri-lineEntertainment5,700,000$127,900
🇺🇾 UruguayDosogasEntertainment5,600,000$55,800
🇪🇬 EgyptAhmed Hassan FamilyEntertainment5,450,000$218,200
🇸🇬 Singaporeমায়াজালEntertainment5,320,000$19,000
🇳🇿 New ZealandRainbow LearningKids5,250,000$5,100
🇬🇪 GeorgiaGuka Family ShowKids5,210,000$339,800
🇰🇼 KuwaitAboFlahGaming5,130,000$786,800
🇵🇹 PortugalSirKazzioEntertainment5,060,000$11,600
🇦🇹 AustriaFabio WibmerSports5,020,000$317,000
🇻🇨 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesThe Motivator 2Sports48,100$60
🇲🇬 MadagascarPhilippe MARRONESports47,700$3,800
🇸🇧 Solomon IslandsCaroline ElizabethEntertainment45,400$54
🇬🇭 GhanaRakGhanaComedy448,000$12,600
🇲🇼 MalawiDj Àmit ÁligarhMusic44,100$468
🇲🇽 MexicoBadabunEntertainment43,000,000$299,100
🇧🇯 BeninMa ChaîneHow To42,000$611
🇨🇱 ChileHolaSoyGermanEntertainment41,100,000$208,400
🇮🇱 IsraelJamal alimwase ـ جمال العمواسيNature4,730,000$89,100
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 WalesBen PhillipsEntertainment4,610,000$53,600
🇲🇾 MalaysiaPlataBushGaming4,590,000$70,000
🇧🇩 BangladeshFarjana Drawing AcademyHow To4,580,000$225,300
🇵🇱 PolandBlowekEntertainment4,530,000$87,700
🇲🇦 MoroccoYassPlaysGaming4,460,000$322,900
🇸🇮 SloveniaTimKo KidKids4,450,000$58,200
🇻🇪 VenezuelaKeiferMCGaming4,310,000$210,000
🇩🇴 Dominican RepublicElFlacoWTFEntertainment4,270,000$54,000
🇧🇪 BelgiumAkosi DogieEntertainment4,210,000$415,400
🇸🇩 Sudanالمنهج السلفي بالسودانPeople & Blogs398,000$20,400
🇧🇷 BrazilwhinderssonnunesComedy39,800,000$62,400
🇸🇴 SomaliaBalanbaalis StudioMusic384,000$1,500
🇳🇦 NamibiaNamiban gospel musicEntertainment38,800$1,200
🇧🇫 Burkina FasoJackson OliveiraEntertainment38,700$333
🇪🇸 SpainelrubiusOMGEntertainment38,000,000$204,400
🇸🇱 Sierra LeoneBlackPearlHow To36,800$327
🇸🇻 El SalvadorFernanflooGaming36,600,000$730,900
🇿🇼 ZimbabweKing GryphGaming334,000$639
🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and NevisDr.MungliEducation33,500$873
🇰🇪 KenyaHenry DeSaguEntertainment328,000$8,800
🇹🇬 TogoFortnite FantasyGaming310,000$2,900
🇹🇻 TuvaluGuruKidHDGaming31,800$9
🇹🇲 TurkmenistanNed TocinoEntertainment31,200n/a
🇲🇴 Macau籽岷Gaming300,000$1,200
🇬🇳 GuineaFaits - Divers GUINEENews30,600$11
🇩🇰 DenmarkSYBO TVGaming3,750,000$76,400
🇹🇳 TunisiaBorn2KillGaming3,690,000$232,300
🇧🇭 Bahrainعمر فاروق Omar FarooqEntertainment3,500,000$23,800
🇦🇱 AlbaniaCo VinesEntertainment3,440,000$81,700
🇵🇰 PakistanKitchen with AmnaHow To3,420,000$101,700
🇵🇼 PalauAnanda KellyHow To3,300$26
🇹🇼 TaiwanTGOP (This Group Of People)Entertainment3,260,000$15,300
🇯🇴 JordanRozzahEntertainment3,210,000$38,200
🇪🇪 EstoniaLife of BorisEntertainment3,040,000$56,200
🇨🇭 SwitzerlandLE GRAND JDEntertainment3,020,000$65,300
🇨🇲 CameroonBYSNESS Comédie ClubComedy292,000$7,300
🇱🇨 Saint LuciaThe Dating GuruHow To28,000$32
🇱🇮 Liechtensteincaracol3000News27,200$818
🇰🇵 North KoreaMaking ASMRHow To260,000$15
🇸🇹 Sao Tome and PrincipeAnrita MelchizedekEducation25,300$95
🇨🇦 CanadaVanossGamingGaming25,100,000$429,000
🇹🇹 Trinidad and TobagoCertified sampsonComedy241,000$19,400
🇮🇪 Ireland (Republic of)jacksepticeyeGaming24,300,000$991,700
🇮🇩 IndonesiaAtta HalilintarEntertainment24,100,000$218,900
🇨🇬 Congo (Republic of the)ASTUCES NATURELLES - DR KOLOEducation230,000$1,300
🇩🇲 DominicaChanel Raphael.People & Blogs23,500$1,900
🇬🇩 GrenadaLaura FordeHow To23,200$611
🇺🇿 UzbekistanJasur HamroyevPeople & Blogs220,000$2,000
🇮🇳 IndiaCarryMinatiComedy22,700,000$66,100
🇦🇪 United Arab EmiratesshfaKids22,200,000$287,200
🇹🇯 TajikistanShava TuBePeople & Blogs215,000$674
🇱🇺 LuxembourgLuxGamerGaming215,000$269
🇦🇫 AfghanistanTech ZaadaTech206,000$8,100
🇨🇻 Cape VerdeFred walkthroughGaming203,000$1,800
🇹🇩 ChadtwifacetubeEntertainment20,100$130
🇧🇾 BelarusA4Entertainment20,000,000$2,210,000
🇬🇧 Ireland (Northern)Adam BPeople & Blogs2,930,0000$47,600
🇾🇪 Yemenصدام العزيEntertainment2,890,0000$92,000
🇨🇿 Czech RepublicViralBrothersEntertainment2,780,000$7,800
🇱🇷 Liberiaمهووس عضلات/كمال الاجسامHow To2,770,000$136,900
🇸🇰 SlovakiaPeter PlutaXHow To2,700,000$169,000
🇲🇹 MaltaGrandayyEntertainment2,690,000$133,300
🇳🇮 NicaraguaJR INNComedy2,670,000$65,200
🇭🇰 Hong KongEmi WongPeople & Blogs2,540,000$42,700
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 ScotlandMike BoydEntertainment2,440,000$31,500
🇲🇩 MoldovaGurinelTVKids2,410,000$460,700
🇬🇷 GreeceKM MusicEntertainment2,260,000$317,100
🇵🇾 ParaguayTÍO RICZEREntertainment2,200,000$15,600
🇱🇹 LithuaniaMaria OMGEntertainment2,160,000$128,100
🇴🇲 Omanقرية العجائبEntertainment2,150,000$13,000
🇱🇧 LebanonLaila MouradEntertainment2,140,000$7,200
🇧🇬 BulgariaBodil40Gaming2,030,000$14,800
🇰🇲 ComorosVallenatos En Vivo OficialEntertainment199,000$152
🇭🇹 HaitiKomedyen Lakay OfficialComedy197,000$4,300
🇦🇴 AngolaShiryuAmigo龍Comedy196,000$316
🇲🇱 MaliMS2A FUNNYComedy195,000$5,600
🇨🇫 Central African RepublicTHE TRUE ROYAL FAMILYEducation19,700$311
🇦🇷 ArgentinaDrossRotzankEntertainment19,600,000$131,100
🇩🇪 GermanyHaerteTestEntertainment18,900,000$25,600
🇲🇺 MauritiusIkhlaas MJEntertainment170,000$34,900
🇸🇦 Saudi ArabiammoshayaEntertainment17,300,000$913,300
🇺🇦 UkraineSlivkiShowEntertainment16,900,000$620,200
🇧🇮 BurundiGasore Ismael ComedienComedy16,400$429
🇦🇺 AustraliaCKN ToysKids15,400,000$838,700
🇸🇷 SurinameSRJ MusikMusic146,000$820
🇫🇷 FranceSQUEEZIEEntertainment14,700,000$325,200
🇮🇷 IranKhanAga Alireza Alibabaei JabbariEntertainment138,000$63
🇷🇺 RussiaTheBrianMapsEntertainment13,900,000$126,900
🇰🇷 South KoreaBoram Tube ToysReview [보람튜브 토이리뷰]Kids13,800,000$13,400
🇹🇭 ThailandKaykai SalaiderEntertainment13,600,000$194,600
🇳🇱 NetherlandsNikkieTutorialsBeauty & Style13,400,000$90,500
🇵🇪 PeruShidory DrawblogsEntertainment13,300,000$195,900
🇹🇷 TurkeyEnes BaturEntertainment13,100,000$1,120,000
🇵🇭 PhilippinesRanz KyleEntertainment12,000,000$52,400
🇲🇲 MyanmarkhunThinmg paoComedy119,000$4,800
🇬🇦 GabonXavier HUBERT-BRIERRENature113,000$7,000
🇨🇴 ColombiaAmi RodriguezEntertainment11,700,000$244,000
🇬🇲 The GambiaebrohaughPeople & Blogs11,400$159
🇨🇳 China李子柒 LiziqiHow To11,100,000$810,000
🇷🇼 RwandaShangazi Emma-ClaudinePeople & Blogs108,000$2,900
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 EnglandPewDiePieEntertainment105,000,000$1,160,000
🇲🇷 MauritaniaINFOS AABDTech102,000$236
🇳🇴 NorwaySaraBeautyCorner - DIY, Comedy, Makeup, Nail ArtBeauty & Style10,600,000$100,900
🇪🇨 EcuadorDoc TopsEntertainment10,500,000$307,500
🇰🇮 KiribatiTV WULKAN - లొఽథటలలొప్రఠఽరగల్వEntertainment10,200$2
🇱🇸 LesothoOmnia StarsHow To1,900$2
🇭🇺 HungaryR3D 1Entertainment1,990,000$56,200
🇰🇭 CambodiafanKIDEntertainment1,940,000$38,000
🇱🇻 LatviaLittle Movies Games & FunGaming1,940,000$19,800
🇳🇵 NepalTattato KhabarNews1,850,000$69,800
🇬🇹 GuatemalaJexsComedy1,810,000$102,000
🇿🇦 South AfricamorecasparEntertainment1,750,000$205
🇨🇮 Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)video whatsapptubeEntertainment1,700,000$5,100
🇨🇷 Costa RicaGermán RodezelEntertainment1,690,000$13,600
🇧🇴 BoliviaEdson FDBGaming1,640,000$48,800
🇶🇦 QatarKareemtime OfficialComedy1,530,000$40,000
🇧🇦 Bosnia and HerzegovinaOmcoComedy1,480,000$227,000
🇲🇨 MonacoJon OlssonPeople & Blogs1,470,000$24,900
🇿🇲 ZambiaCartoon ClubKids1,440,000$3,400
🇱🇰 Sri LankaApé AmmaPeople & Blogs1,430,000$94,500
🇦🇲 ArmeniaArin أرينEntertainment1,410,000$145,500
🇰🇿 KazakhstanEkaterina SaibelPeople & Blogs1,310,000$20,600
🇭🇳 Hondurasmúsicos Cínicos 鯉Music1,270,000$139,600
🇭🇷 CroatiaDoctor DSAutos1,260,000$86,400
🇸🇳 SenegalHussein and Zeinab.Kids1,230,000$184,700
🇺🇬 UgandaMasaka Kids AfrikanaKids1,140,000$103,600
🇰🇬 KyrgyzstanСань ЯньKids1,140,000$475
🇸🇾 SyriaOtakuGamer - أوتاكو قيمرGaming1,130,000$114,900
🇸🇿 Swaziland (Eswatini)OuSSama MiZaniEntertainment779n/a

*Note: Estimated earnings were calculated via NoxInfluencer. Actual earnings may vary.

As mentioned earlier, the world’s most popular YouTuber is Swedish-born vlogger PewDiePie. He’s well known for his “Let’s Play” videos, which document him playing various video games. PewDiePie joined YouTube in 2010, and has now amassed 105 million subscribers. While he’s based in England, his channel is registered under the United States.

It’s worth noting the vast discrepancies between certain countries. For example, while the U.S.’s most popular YouTuber, Like Nastya boasts 57 million subscribers, Eswatini’s top vlogger, OuSSama MiZani has less than 800. Clearly, some markets are more saturated than others.

Categories, Ranked by Popularity

Geography isn’t the only factor that impacts popularity—the type of content is important as well. Which 10 categories do the top earning YouTubers fall into?

RankCategoryNumber of Top Earning YouTubers
1Entertainment72
2Gaming25
3How To18
4Comedy16
5Kids15
6People & Blogs14
7Education5
8Music5
9Tech4
10Beauty & Style3

Not surprisingly, the most popular category is entertainment, which has 72 of the top earning YouTubers. Some of the biggest YouTube personalities fall under this category, such as PewDiePie and Chilean YouTuber HolaSoyGerman, who has 41 million subscribers.

The second most popular category is gaming, which has 25 of YouTube’s top earners. Some big names in this category include Ireland’s jacksepticeye with 24.7 million subscribers, and Canada’s VanossGaming, who has 25.2 million.

In third place are “How To” videos—18 of the 187 top earners fall into this category. Life Hacks & Experiments is the most popular YouTuber in this group, with 8.3 million subscribers.

Categories, Ranked by Earnings

Here’s the highest earning YouTuber on this list for each category.

RankCategoryTop Earner in CategoryEst. Monthly Earnings   
1KidsLike Nastya$7.73M
2EntertainmentA4$2.21M
3Gamingjacksepticeye$991.7K
4How To李子柒 Liziqi$810.0K
5People & Blogsقناة منوعات الكوميدية العراقيه$593.0K
6ComedyMarkAngelComedy$326.8K
7SportsFabio Wibmer$317.0K
8Beauty & StyleNarins Beauty$203.3K
9NatureJamal alimwase ـ جمال العمواسي$89.1K
10EducationBe Inspired$86.5K
11AutoDoctor DS$86.4K
12NewsTattato Khabar$69.8K
13TechTech Zaada$8.1K
14MusicBalanbaalis Studio$1.5K

When ranked by monthly earnings, the kids category comes in at first place. Six-year-old Like Nastya makes an estimated $7.73 million per month—that’s over 5 million more than the second ranking category, which is entertainment. The third most lucrative category is gaming, with the highest earner, jacksepticeye grossing an estimated $990,000 a month.

It’s important to note that figures are estimates of each YouTuber’s ad revenue, so it doesn’t account for corporate sponsorships, merchandise sales, or any fan donations.

So for all we know, these influencers could be making even more money. If that doesn’t inspire you to start posting amateur videos on YouTube, we don’t know what will.

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These Powerful Maps Show the Extremes of U.S. Population Density

The U.S. population is spread across a huge amount of land, but its distribution is far from equal. These maps are a unique look at population density

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us cities population density equivalent map

America’s 328 million people are spread across a huge amount of territory, but the population density of various regions is far from equal.

It’s no secret that cities like New York have a vastly different population density than, say, a rural county in North Dakota. Even so, this interactive map by Ben Blatt of Slate helps visualize the stark contrast between urban and rural densities in a way that might intrigue you.

How many counties does it take to equal the population of these large urban areas? Let’s find out.

New York City’s Rural Equivalent

New York City (proper) Population: 8.42 million
New York City Population density: 27,547 persons / mi²

New York City became the largest city in the U.S. back in 1781 and has long been the country’s most densely packed urban center. Today, 1 in every 38 people living in the United States resides in The Big Apple.

new york city population density equivalent map

For the northwestern counties above to match the population of New York City, it takes a land area around the size of Mongolia. The region shown above is 645,934 mi², and runs through portions of 12 different states.

In order to match the population of the entire New York metropolitan area, which holds 18 million people and includes adjacent cities and towns in New York state, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the above equivalent area would have to be even more massive.

Los Angeles County’s Rural Equivalent

LA County Population: 10.04 million
LA County Population density: 2,100 persons / mi²

Los Angeles County is home to the 88 incorporated cities that make up the urban area of Los Angeles.

Even excluding nearby population centers such as Anaheim, San Bernadino, and Riverside (which are located in adjacent counties) it is still the most populous county in the United States, with over 10 million inhabitants.

los angeles county population density equivalent map

To match this enormous scale in Middle America, it would take 298 counties covering an area of 471,941 mi².

Chicago’s Rural Equivalent

Chicago Metropolitan Area Population: 9.53 million
Chicago Metropolitan Area Population density: 1,318 persons / mi²

Next up is America’s third largest city, Chicago. For this visualization, we’re using the Chicago metropolitan area, which covers the full extent of the city’s population.

chicago population density equivalent map

To match the scale of the population of the Windy City, we would need to add up every county in New Mexico, along with large portions of Colorado, Arizona, and Texas.

Turning the Tables?

Conversely, what if we transported the people in the country’s least densely populated counties into the middle of an urban center?

RankCountyPopulation
1Kalawao County, Hawaii86
2Loving County, Texas169
3King County, Texas272
4Kenedy County, Texas404
5Arthur County, Nebraska463

As it turns out, the total population of the five least populated counties is just 1,394—roughly the same amount of people that live on the average Manhattan block.

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Visualized: Comparing the Titanic to a Modern Cruise Ship

The sheer size of the Titanic was a sight to behold in 1912, but over 100 years later, how does this vessel compare to a modern cruise ship?

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Remembering the Tragedy of the Titanic

When the Titanic was completed on April 2, 1912, it was the largest and perhaps most luxurious ship in the world. The vessel could hold over 3,300 people including crew members, and boasted various amenities including a swimming pool and squash court.

The Titanic’s impressive size attracted many of the world’s wealthiest individuals, and on April 10, 1912, it set out on its maiden voyage. Just five days later, the ship sank after hitting an iceberg, resulting in more than 1,500 deaths.

It’s been over 100 years since the Titanic’s demise, so how have passenger ships evolved?

To find out, we’ve visualized it beside Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, currently the world’s largest cruise ship.

The Size of the Titanic, in Perspective

The following table lists the dimensions of both ships to provide a better understanding of the Titanic’s relative size.

 RMS TitanicSymphony of the Seas
Year Built19122018
Length882ft (269m) 1,184ft (361m)
Width92ft (28m)215ft (66m)
Height175ft (53m)238ft (73m)
Internal volume46,328 gross register tonnage (grt)228,081 gross tonnage (gt)
Passengers2,4356,680
Crew8922,200

Source: Owlcation, Insider
Note: Gross register tonnage (grt) is a historic measure of a ship’s internal volume. This metric was replaced by gross tonnage (gt) on July 18, 1982.

One of the biggest differences between these two ships is width, with the latter being more than twice as wide. This is likely due to the vast amenities housed within the Symphony of the Seas, which includes 24 pools, 22 restaurants, 2 rock climbing walls, an ice-skating rink, and more. With accommodations for 6,680 passengers, the Symphony of the Seas also supports a crew that is 147% larger.

The Symphony of the Seas clearly surpasses the Titanic in terms of size, but there’s also a substantial difference in cost. When converted to today’s dollars, the bill for the Titanic equates to roughly $400 million, less than half of the Symphony of the Seas’ cost of $1.35 billion.

Lessons Learned from the Disaster

Inadequate safety preparations were a contributor to the Titanic’s high death toll. During its journey, the vessel carried enough lifeboats to accommodate just 33% of its total passengers and crew. This was legal at the time, as regulations based a ship’s number of required lifeboats on its weight, rather than its passenger capacity.

To make matters worse, investigations determined that the Titanic’s lifeboats had not been used to their full capacity, and that a scheduled lifeboat drill had been cancelled by the ship’s captain. These shortfalls, among others, paved the way for numerous improvements in maritime safety regulation.

These include the creation of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea Treaty (SOLAS) in 1914, which is still in force today. Regarded as the most important international treaty on ship safety, SOLAS has been updated numerous times and is followed by 164 states, which together flag 99% of merchant ships (by gross tonnage) on the high seas today.

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