Metal is probably the biggest musical subculture in the world, having penetrated pretty much every corner of the globe. But which nations are the MOST metal?
I ran across a map by a Czech linguist that shows the density of metal bands in specific countries. In Canada and the United States, we have about 70 metal bands per million people. That’s way below Portugal, which has 112. Germany has about 122 while tiny Estonia is at 138. But the metal champions are the Scandinavian countries.
In Norway, it’s 299 metal bands per million people. Iceland is at 341—and there is only 320,000 people Iceland. In Sweden, the number is 428.
But the worldwide metal champion nation is Finland. For every million people—and there are only 5 ½ million in the whole country—there are 630 metal bands.