List of countries by population

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A map of world population. Gray-scale legend: 0 to 50 M to 400 M to 1,336 M (million), 2011.

This is a list of independent countries and inhabited dependent territories—based on the ISO standard ISO 3166-1—by population. Also given in percent is each country's population compared to the population of the world, which according to the United States Census Bureau population clock is estimated at 7.148 billion.[1]

According to a separate estimate by the United Nations, world population exceeded 7 billion in October 2011.[2][3][4]

Methodology[edit]

Figures used in this chart are based on the most up to date estimate or projections[5] by the national census authority where available, and are usually rounded off. Where updated national data are not available, figures are based on the 2013 estimates by the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.[6]

Because the compiled figures are not collected at the same time in every country, or at the same level of accuracy, the resulting numerical comparisons may create misleading conclusions. Furthermore, the addition of figures from all countries may not equal the world total. A handful of nations have not conducted a headcount in over 3 decades, leaving us with high error margin estimates only.

Areas that form integral parts of sovereign states, such as the countries of the United Kingdom, are counted as part of the sovereign states concerned. Not included are other entities, such as the European Union,[7] that are not sovereign states, and dependent territories that do not have permanent populations, such as various countries' claims to Antarctica.

For a graphical version of this list, see list of countries by population (graphical). See also List of sovereign states and dependent territories by population density and the list of regional organizations by population.

Countries[edit]

Note: All dependent territories are shown in italics.

RankCountry (or dependent territory)PopulationDate% of world
population
Source
World7,148,400,000March 8, 2014100%USCB's world population clock
1 China[8]1,360,720,000December 31, 201319.04%Official estimate
2 India1,241,230,000March 8, 201417.4%Population clock
3 United States317,655,000March 8, 20144.44%Official population clock
4 Indonesia249,866,000July 1, 20133.5%UN estimate[6]
5 Brazil201,032,714July 1, 20132.81%Official estimate
6 Pakistan185,832,000March 8, 20142.6%Official population clock[9]
7 Nigeria173,615,000July 1, 20132.43%UN estimate
8 Bangladesh152,518,015July 16, 20122.13%Official estimate
9 Russia143,700,000January 1, 20142.01%Official estimate
10 Japan127,180,000February 1, 20141.78%Monthly official estimate
11 Mexico118,395,054July 1, 20131.66%CONAPO Official estimate
12 Philippines99,231,000March 8, 20141.39%Official population clock
13 Vietnam89,708,900July 1, 20131.25%Official estimate
14 Ethiopia86,613,986July 1, 20131.21%Official estimate
15 Egypt86,076,500March 8, 20141.2%Official population clock
16 Germany80,619,000July 31, 20131.13%Monthly official estimate
17 Iran77,266,000March 8, 20141.08%Official population clock
18 Turkey76,667,864December 31, 20131.07%Official estimate
19 Democratic Republic of the Congo67,514,000July 1, 20130.94%UN estimate
20 Thailand65,926,261September 1, 20100.92%2010 census result
21 France[10]65,844,000February 1, 20140.92%Monthly official estimate
22 United Kingdom63,705,000July 1, 20120.89%Official estimate
23 Italy59,943,933September 30, 20130.84%Monthly official estimate
24 Burma53,259,000July 1, 20130.75%UN estimate
25 South Africa52,981,991July 1, 20130.74%Official estimate
26 South Korea50,219,669July 1, 20130.7%Official estimate
27 Colombia47,493,000March 8, 20140.66%Official population clock
28 Spain46,609,700July 1, 20130.65%Annual official estimate
29 Ukraine45,426,200January 1, 20140.64%Monthly official estimate
30 Tanzania44,928,923August 26, 20120.63%2012 census result
31 Kenya44,354,000July 1, 20130.62%UN estimate
32 Argentina41,660,096October 27, 20100.56%Final 2010 census result
33 Algeria38,700,000January 1, 20140.54%Official estimate
34 Poland38,502,396June 30, 20130.54%Official estimate
35 Sudan37,964,000July 1, 20130.53%UN estimate
36 Uganda35,357,000July 1, 20130.49%Annual official estimate
37 Canada35,295,770October 1, 20130.49%Official estimate
38 Iraq34,035,000July 1, 20120.48%Annual official estimate
39 Morocco33,193,500March 8, 20140.46%Official population clock
40 Peru30,475,144June 30, 20130.43%Annual official estimate
41 Uzbekistan30,183,400July 1, 20130.42%Official estimate
42 Malaysia30,029,000March 8, 20140.42%Official population clock
43 Saudi Arabia29,994,272July 1, 20130.42%Official estimate
44 Venezuela28,946,101October 30, 20110.4%Preliminary 2011 census result
45   Nepal26,494,504June 22, 20110.37%Final 2011 census result
46 Afghanistan25,500,100January 1, 20130.36%Official estimate
47 Yemen25,235,000July 1, 20130.35%Official estimate
48 North Korea24,895,000July 1, 20130.35%UN estimate
49 Ghana24,658,823September 26, 20100.34%Final 2010 census result
50 Mozambique23,700,715July 1, 20120.33%Official estimate
51 Australia23,404,709March 8, 20140.33%Official population clock
52 Taiwan[11]23,377,515January 31, 20140.33%Monthly official estimate
53 Ivory Coast23,202,000July 1, 20120.32%Official estimate
54 Syria21,898,000July 1, 20130.31%UN estimate
55 Madagascar21,263,403July 1, 20120.3%Annual official estimate
56 Angola20,609,294July 1, 20120.29%Official estimate
57 Cameroon20,386,799July 1, 20120.29%Annual official estimate
58 Sri Lanka20,277,597March 21, 20120.28%Preliminary 2012 census result
59 Romania20,121,641October 20, 20110.28%Final 2011 census result
60 Burkina Faso17,322,796July 1, 20130.24%Official estimate
61 Kazakhstan17,186,000February 1, 20140.24%Monthly official estimate
62 Niger17,129,076December 10, 20120.24%Preliminary 2012 census result
63 Netherlands16,840,900March 8, 20140.24%Official population clock
64 Malawi16,363,000July 1, 20130.23%UN estimate
65 Chile16,341,929April 9, 20120.23%Final 2012 census result
66 Ecuador15,692,900March 8, 20140.22%Official population clock
67 Guatemala15,438,384June 30, 20130.22%Annual official estimate
68 Mali15,302,000July 1, 20130.21%UN estimate
69 Cambodia15,135,000July 1, 20130.21%UN estimate
70 Zambia14,580,290July 1, 20130.2%Official estimate
71 Senegal13,567,338July 1, 20130.19%Official estimate
72 Zimbabwe12,973,808August 17, 20120.18%Preliminary 2012 census result
73 Chad12,825,000July 1, 20130.18%UN estimate
74 South Sudan11,296,000July 1, 20130.16%UN estimate
75 Cuba11,167,325September 15, 20120.16%Preliminary 2012 census result
76 Belgium11,132,269January 1, 20140.16%Monthly official estimate
77 Tunisia10,886,500July 1, 20130.15%Official estimate
78 Guinea10,824,200July 1, 20100.15%Official estimate
79 Greece10,815,197May 24, 20110.15%Final 2011 census result
80 Rwanda10,537,222August 15, 20120.15%Preliminary 2012 census result
81 Czech Republic10,513,800September 30, 20130.15%Official estimate
82 Somalia[12]10,496,000July 1, 20130.15%UN estimate
83 Portugal10,487,289December 31, 20120.15%Annual official estimate
84 Haiti10,413,211July 1, 20120.15%Official estimate
85 Benin10,323,000July 1, 20130.14%UN estimate
86 Burundi10,163,000July 1, 20130.14%UN estimate
87 Bolivia10,027,254November 21, 20120.14%2012 census result
88 Hungary9,906,000January 1, 20130.14%Annual official estimate
89 Sweden9,651,531January 31, 20130.13%Monthly official estimate
90 Azerbaijan9,477,100December 31, 20130.13%Official estimate
91 Belarus9,468,100January 1, 20140.13%Monthly official estimate
92 Dominican Republic9,445,281December 1, 20100.13%Final 2010 census result
93 Honduras8,555,072July 1, 20130.12%Annual official estimate
94 Austria8,504,850January 1, 20140.12%Official quarterly estimate
95 United Arab Emirates8,264,070July 1, 20100.12%Official estimate
96 Tajikistan8,160,000January 1, 20140.11%Official estimate
97 Israel8,146,300January 31, 20140.11%Monthly Official estimate
98  Switzerland8,112,200September 30, 20130.11%Quarterly official estimate
99 Papua New Guinea7,398,500July 1, 20130.103%Annual official estimate
100 Bulgaria7,282,041December 31, 20120.102%Official estimate
101 Hong Kong (China)7,184,000July 1, 20130.1%Official estimate
102 Serbia[13]7,181,505January 1, 20130.1%Annual official estimate
103 Paraguay6,783,37420130.092%Official estimate
104 Laos6,580,800July 1, 20130.092%Annual official estimate
105 Jordan6,555,400March 8, 20140.092%Official population clock
106 El Salvador6,340,000July 1, 20130.089%UN estimate
107 Eritrea6,333,000July 1, 20130.089%UN estimate
108 Libya6,202,000July 1, 20130.087%UN estimate
109 Togo6,191,155November 6, 20100.087%Final 2010 census result
110 Sierra Leone6,190,28020130.087%Official estimate
111 Nicaragua6,071,045June 30, 20120.085%Official estimate
112 Kyrgyzstan5,663,13320130.079%[1]
113 Denmark5,627,235January 1, 20140.079%Quarterly official estimate
114 Finland5,452,821January 31, 20140.076%Monthly official estimate
115 Slovakia5,415,459September 30, 20130.076%Official estimate
116 Singapore5,399,200July 1, 20130.076%Official estimate
117 Turkmenistan5,240,000July 1, 20130.073%UN estimate
118 Norway5,109,056January 1, 20140.071%Quarterly official estimate
119 Lebanon4,822,000July 1, 20130.067%UN estimate
120 Costa Rica4,667,096July 1, 20130.065%Official estimate
121 Central African Republic4,616,000July 1, 20130.065%UN estimate
122 Ireland4,593,100April 1, 20130.064%Annual official estimate
123 New Zealand4,516,640March 8, 20140.063%Official population clock
124 Georgia[14]4,483,800January 1, 20130.063%Annual official estimate
125 Republic of the Congo4,448,000July 1, 20130.062%UN estimate
126 Palestine[15]4,420,549July 1, 20130.062%Official estimate
127 Liberia4,294,000July 1, 20130.06%UN estimate
128 Croatia4,290,612March 31, 20110.06%2011 census result
129 Oman3,957,000December 31, 20130.054%Monthly official estimate
130 Bosnia and Herzegovina3,791,622October 15, 20130.054%Preliminary 2013 census result
131 Puerto Rico (USA)3,615,086July 1, 20130.051%Official estimate
132 Moldova[16]3,559,500January 1, 20130.05%Official estimate
133 Mauritania3,461,041July 1, 20130.048%Annual official estimate
134 Panama3,405,813May 16, 20100.048%Final 2010 census result
135 Uruguay3,286,314September 30, 20110.046%Final 2011 census result
136 Kuwait3,065,850July 1, 20110.043%Official estimate
137 Armenia3,017,000September 30, 20130.042%Quarterly official estimate
138 Lithuania2,941,953February 1, 20140.041%Monthly official estimate
139 Albania2,821,977October 1, 20110.039%2011 census result
140 Mongolia2,931,300December 31, 20130.039%Official preliminary result
141 Jamaica2,711,476December 31, 20120.038%Annual official estimate
142 Namibia2,113,077August 28, 20110.03%Final 2011 census result
143 Lesotho2,074,000July 1, 20130.029%UN estimate
144 Macedonia2,062,294December 31, 20120.029%Official estimate
145 Slovenia2,061,864March 8, 20140.029%Official population clock
146 Qatar2,045,239December 31, 20130.029%Monthly official estimate
147 Botswana2,024,904August 22, 20110.028%Final 2011 census result
148 Latvia2,005,200January 1, 20140.028%Monthly official estimate
149 Gambia1,849,000July 1, 20130.026%UN estimate
150 Kosovo1,815,606December 31, 20120.025%Official estimate
151 Guinea-Bissau1,704,000July 1, 20130.024%UN estimate
152 Gabon1,672,000July 1, 20130.023%UN estimate
153 Equatorial Guinea1,622,000July 1, 20100.023%Annual official estimate
154 Trinidad and Tobago1,328,019January 9, 20110.019%2011 census result
155 Estonia1,311,870January 1, 20140.018%Official estimate
156 Mauritius1,257,900July 3, 20110.018%2011 census result
157 Swaziland1,250,000July 1, 20130.017%UN estimate
158 Bahrain1,234,571April 27, 20100.017%Final 2010 census result
159 Timor-Leste1,066,409July 11, 20100.015%Final 2010 census result
160 Djibouti873,000July 1, 20130.012%UN estimate
161 Cyprus[17]865,878December 31, 20120.012%Official estimate
162 Fiji858,038July 1, 20120.012%Annual official estimate
163 Réunion (France)840,974January 1, 20130.011%Official annual estimate
164 Guyana784,894July 1, 20100.011%Annual official estimate
165 Bhutan744,880March 8, 20140.0104%Official population clock
166 Comoros743,798July 1, 20130.0104%Official estimate
167 Montenegro620,029April 1, 20110.0087%Final 2011 census result
168 Macau (China)598,200September 30, 20130.0084%Official estimate
169 Solomon Islands581,344July 1, 20130.0081%Annual official estimate
170 Western Sahara[18]567,000July 1, 20130.0079%UN estimate
171 Luxembourg537,000December 31, 20120.0075%Annual official estimate
172 Suriname534,189August 13, 20120.0075%Preliminary 2012 census result
173 Cape Verde491,875June 16, 20100.0069%Final 2010 census result
174 Malta416,055November 20, 20110.0058%Preliminary 2011 census result
175 Guadeloupe (France)405,739January 1, 20130.0056%Official annual estimate
176 Martinique (France)392,291January 1, 20110.0055%Official annual estimate
177 Brunei393,162June 20, 20110.0055%Preliminary 2011 census result
178 Bahamas351,461May 3, 20100.0049%Final 2010 census result
179 Belize349,728July 1, 20130.0044%Official estimate
180 Iceland325,671December 31, 20130.0045%Quarterly official estimate
181 Maldives317,280July 1, 20100.0044%Official estimate
182 Barbados285,000July 1, 20130.004%Official estimate
183 French Polynesia (France)268,270August 22, 20120.0038%Preliminary 2012 census result
184 Vanuatu264,652July 1, 20130.0037%Annual official estimate
185 New Caledonia (France)258,958July 1, 20130.0036%Annual official estimate
186 French Guiana (France)237,549January 1, 20110.0032%Official annual estimate
187 Mayotte (France)212,645August 21, 20120.003%2012 census result
188 Samoa187,820November 7, 20110.0026%Final 2011 census result
189 São Tomé and Príncipe187,356May 13, 20120.0026%2012 census result
190 Saint Lucia180,000May 10, 20130.0023%Preliminary 2010 census result
191 Guam (USA)159,358April 1, 20100.0022%Final 2010 census result
192 Curaçao (Netherlands)150,563March 26, 20110.0021%2011 census result
193 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines109,000July 1, 20130.0015%UN estimate
194 Kiribati106,461July 1, 20130.0015%Annual official estimate
195 United States Virgin Islands (USA)106,405April 1, 20100.0015%Final 2010 census result
196 Grenada103,328May 12, 20110.0014%2011 census result
197 Tonga103,036November 30, 20110.0014%2011 census result
198 Aruba (Netherlands)101,484September 29, 20100.0014%2010 census result
199 Federated States of Micronesia101,351July 1, 20130.0014%Annual official estimate
200 Jersey (UK)99,000December 31, 20120.0014%2011 census result
201 Seychelles90,945August 26, 20100.0013%Final 2010 census result
202 Antigua and Barbuda86,295May 27, 20110.0012%Preliminary 2011 census result
203 Isle of Man (UK)84,497March 27, 20110.0012%2011 census result
204 Andorra76,098July 1, 20130.0011%Annual official estimate
205 Dominica71,293May 14, 20110.001%Preliminary 2011 census result
206 Bermuda (UK)64,237May 20, 20100.0009%Final 2010 census result
207 Guernsey (UK)63,085March 31, 20120.00088%Annual official estimate
208 Greenland (Denmark)56,483July 1, 20130.00079%Annual official estimate
209 Marshall Islands56,086July 1, 20130.00078%Annual official estimate
210 American Samoa (USA)55,519April 1, 20100.00078%Final 2010 census result
211 Cayman Islands (UK)55,456October 10, 20100.00078%Final 2010 census result
212 Saint Kitts and Nevis54,000July 1, 20130.00076%UN estimate
213 Northern Mariana Islands (USA)53,883April 1, 20100.00075%Final 2010 census result
214 Faroe Islands (Denmark)48,244November 1, 20130.00067%Monthly official estimate
215 Sint Maarten (Netherlands)37,429January 1, 20100.00052%Official estimate
216 Saint Martin (France)36,979January 1, 20100.00052%Official estimate
217 Liechtenstein36,942June 30, 20130.00052%Semi annual official estimate
218 Monaco36,136December 31, 20120.00051%Annual official estimate
219 San Marino33,540December 31, 20130.00047%Monthly official estimate
220 Turks and Caicos Islands (UK)31,458January 25, 20120.00044%2012 census result
221 Gibraltar (UK)30,001December 31, 20120.00042%Annual official estimate
222 British Virgin Islands (UK)29,537July 1, 20100.00041%Annual official estimate
223 Åland Islands (Finland)28,502December 31, 20120.0004%Official estimate
224 Caribbean Netherlands (Netherlands)23,296January 1, 20130.0003%Official estimate
225 Palau20,901July 1, 20130.00029%Annual official estimate
226 Cook Islands (NZ)14,974December 1, 20110.00021%Final 2011 census result
227 Anguilla (UK)13,452May 11, 20110.00019%Preliminary 2011 census result
228 Wallis and Futuna (France)13,135July 1, 20130.00018%Annual official estimate
229 Tuvalu11,323July 1, 20130.00016%Annual official estimate
230 Nauru9,945October 30, 20110.00014%2011 census result
231 Saint Barthélemy (France)8,938January 1, 20100.00013%Official estimate
232 Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France)6,081January 1, 20100.000085%Official estimate
233 Montserrat (UK)4,922May 12, 20110.000069%2011 census result
234 Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (UK)4,000July 1, 20130.000056%UN estimate
235 Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway)2,655September 1, 20120.000037%Official estimate
236 Falkland Islands (UK)2,563April 15, 20120.000036%2012 census result
237 Norfolk Island (Australia)2,302August 9, 20110.000032%2011 census result
238 Christmas Island (Australia)2,072August 9, 20110.000029%2011 census result
239 Niue (NZ)1,613September 10, 20110.000023%Final 2011 census result
240 Tokelau (NZ)1,411October 18, 20110.000020%Final 2011 census result
241  Vatican City839July 1, 20120.000011%Official estimate
242 Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia)596January 14, 20140.0000077%2011 census result
243 Pitcairn Islands (UK)56February 1, 20130.00000078%Official estimate

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. & World Population Clocks". Census.gov. 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  2. ^ "Population seven billion: UN sets out challenges". BBC. 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  3. ^ "World's 'seven billionth baby' is born". The Guardian. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  4. ^ ""7 billion people is a 'serious challenge'"". UPI. October 31, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ China's Population: The Most Surprising Demographic Crisis, The Economist, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "World Population Prospects The 2012 Revision: Highlights and Advance Tables". The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations. pp. 51–55. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  7. ^ The European Union is a sui generis supranational union whose sovereign members delegate to it by treaty certain powers that are often exercised by sovereign states. Its combined population has been estimated at 503,491,975 on January 1, 2012, it would be ranked 3rd if it were included in the list, and it has 7.04% of the world's population — see "Total population". Eurostat. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  8. ^ Census figure refers to mainland China, excluding its Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of Hong Kong and Macau. The first one returned to Chinese sovereignty in mid-1997 and the second one did so on December 20, 1999.
  9. ^ Population shoots up by 47 percent since 1998
  10. ^ Estimate refers to Metropolitan France and the four overseas departments (Départements d'outre-mer, DOM) of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion but excludes the overseas department of Mayotte, the overseas collectivities (Collectivités d'outre-mer, COM) of French Polynesia, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon and Wallis and Futuna, and the sui generis collectivity of New Caledonia. The population of metropolitan France alone stood at 63,929,000 on 1 January 2014, according to a monthly official estimate.
  11. ^ Partially recognized state, claimed by the People's Republic of China as one of its provinces. Taiwan also includes the minor islands of Kinmen, Matsu, Pescadores, etc.
  12. ^ Includes Puntland (with a population of about 3,900,000 inhabitants) and Somaliland (some 3,500,000 inhabitants).
  13. ^ Excludes the Kosovo (1,733,872, 2011).
  14. ^ Excludes (2012) the Republic of Abkhazia (242,862, census 2011) and South Ossetia (70,000, 2006).
  15. ^ Status pending outcome of peace negotiations.
  16. ^ Excludes (statistica.md.2010.pdf) Transnistria (555,347, census 2005).
  17. ^ Excludes Northern Cyprus (294,906) 04 December 2011 Census under the auspieces of the UN observers, (North Cyprus State Planning Organization).
  18. ^ Administration is split between Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, both of which claim the entire territory.

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