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The tradition of beekeeping dates back almost 10.000 years, starting with collecting honey from wild bees to the first beehives in pottery vessels about 8000 years ago in Northern Africa.

In 2016 the highest number of the world’s more than 90 Million beehives exist in India, followed by China, Turkey and Iran.


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Technical Notes

Territory size is proportionate to the number of  beehives there in 2016.

Apis mellifica; A. dorsata; A. florea; A. indica. A beehive is an artificial habitation for bees.

Data sources
This map uses data by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  (last accessed March 2018). (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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