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 7.158 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.

Rank Country (or dependent territory) Population Date % of world
population
Source
1  China[8] 1,363,990,000 April 20, 2014 19.1% Chinese official population clock
2  India 1,243,040,000 April 20, 2014 17.4% Population clock
3  United States 317,899,000 April 20, 2014 4.44% Official population clock
4  Indonesia 247,424,598 July 1, 2013 3.46% Official estimate
5  Brazil 201,032,714 July 1, 2013 2.81% Official estimate
6  Pakistan 186,225,000 April 20, 2014 2.6% Official population clock[9]
7  Nigeria 173,615,000 July 1, 2013 2.43% UN estimate[6]
8  Bangladesh 152,518,015 July 16, 2012 2.13% Official estimate
9  Russia 146,019,512 March 30, 2014 2.04% Official estimate
10  Japan 127,120,000 March 1, 2014 1.78% Monthly official estimate
11  Mexico 119,713,203 July 1, 2014 1.67% CONAPO Official estimate
12  Philippines 99,441,700 April 20, 2014 1.39% Official population clock
13  Vietnam 89,708,900 July 1, 2013 1.25% Official estimate
14  Ethiopia 86,613,986 July 1, 2013 1.21% Official estimate
15  Egypt 86,317,500 April 20, 2014 1.21% Official population clock
16  Germany 80,716,000 September 30, 2013 1.13% Monthly official estimate
17  Iran 77,371,000 April 20, 2014 1.08% Official population clock
18  Turkey 76,667,864 December 31, 2013 1.07% Official estimate
19  Democratic Republic of the Congo 67,514,000 July 1, 2013 0.94% UN estimate
20  France[10] 65,864,000 March 1, 2014 0.92% Monthly official estimate
21  Thailand 64,076,000 July 1, 2011 0.9% Official estimate
22  United Kingdom 63,705,000 July 1, 2012 0.89% Official estimate
23  Italy 60,021,955 November 30, 2013 0.84% Monthly official estimate
24  Burma 53,259,000 July 1, 2013 0.74% UN estimate
25  South Africa 52,981,991 July 1, 2013 0.74% Official estimate
26  South Korea 50,219,669 July 1, 2013 0.7% Official estimate
27  Colombia 47,555,000 April 20, 2014 0.66% Official population clock
28  Spain 46,609,700 July 1, 2013 0.65% Annual official estimate
29  Ukraine 45,395,604 March 1, 2014 0.63% Monthly official estimate
30  Tanzania 44,928,923 August 26, 2012 0.63% 2012 census result
31  Kenya 44,354,000 July 1, 2013 0.62% UN estimate
32  Argentina 40,117,096 October 27, 2010 0.56% Final 2010 census result
33  Algeria 38,700,000 January 1, 2014 0.54% Official estimate
34  Poland 38,502,396 June 30, 2013 0.54% Official estimate
35  Sudan 37,964,000 July 1, 2013 0.53% UN estimate
36  Uganda 35,357,000 July 1, 2013 0.49% Annual official estimate
37  Canada 35,344,962 January 1, 2014 0.49% Official estimate
38  Iraq 34,035,000 July 1, 2012 0.48% Annual official estimate
39  Morocco 33,235,400 April 20, 2014 0.46% Official population clock
40  Peru 30,475,144 June 30, 2013 0.43% Annual official estimate
41  Uzbekistan 30,183,400 July 1, 2013 0.42% Official estimate
42  Malaysia 30,084,000 April 20, 2014 0.42% Official population clock
43  Saudi Arabia 29,994,272 July 1, 2013 0.42% Official estimate
44  Venezuela 28,946,101 October 30, 2011 0.4% Preliminary 2011 census result
45    Nepal 26,494,504 June 22, 2011 0.37% Final 2011 census result
46  Afghanistan 25,500,100 January 1, 2013 0.36% Official estimate
47  Yemen 25,235,000 July 1, 2013 0.35% Official estimate
48  North Korea 24,895,000 July 1, 2013 0.35% UN estimate
49  Ghana 24,658,823 September 26, 2010 0.34% Final 2010 census result
50  Mozambique 23,700,715 July 1, 2012 0.33% Official estimate
51  Australia 23,457,161 April 20, 2014 0.33% Official population clock
52  Taiwan[11] 23,379,594 March 31, 2014 0.33% Monthly official estimate
53  Ivory Coast 23,202,000 July 1, 2012 0.32% Official estimate
54  Syria 21,898,000 July 1, 2013 0.31% UN estimate
55  Madagascar 21,263,403 July 1, 2012 0.3% Annual official estimate
56  Angola 20,609,294 July 1, 2012 0.29% Official estimate
57  Cameroon 20,386,799 July 1, 2012 0.28% Annual official estimate
58  Sri Lanka 20,277,597 March 21, 2012 0.28% Preliminary 2012 census result
59  Romania 20,121,641 October 20, 2011 0.28% Final 2011 census result
60  Burkina Faso 17,322,796 July 1, 2013 0.24% Official estimate
61  Kazakhstan 17,207,000 March 1, 2014 0.24% Monthly official estimate
62  Niger 17,138,707 December 10, 2012 0.24% Preliminary 2012 census result
63  Netherlands 16,847,000 April 20, 2014 0.24% Official population clock
64  Malawi 16,363,000 July 1, 2013 0.23% UN estimate
65  Chile 16,341,929 April 9, 2012 0.23% Final 2012 census result
66  Guatemala 15,806,675 June 30, 2014 0.22% Official estimate
67  Ecuador 15,722,800 April 20, 2014 0.22% Official population clock
68  Mali 15,302,000 July 1, 2013 0.21% UN estimate
69  Cambodia 15,135,000 July 1, 2013 0.21% UN estimate
70  Zambia 14,580,290 July 1, 2013 0.2% Official estimate
71  Zimbabwe 12,973,808 August 17, 2012 0.18% Preliminary 2012 census result
72  Senegal 12,873,601 November 19, 2013 0.18% Preliminary 2013 census result
73  Chad 12,825,000 July 1, 2013 0.18% UN estimate
74  South Sudan 11,296,000 July 1, 2013 0.16% UN estimate
75  Belgium 11,190,649 March 1, 2014 0.16% Monthly official estimate
76  Cuba 11,167,325 September 15, 2012 0.16% Preliminary 2012 census result
77  Tunisia 10,886,500 July 1, 2013 0.15% Official estimate
78  Guinea 10,824,200 July 1, 2010 0.15% Official estimate
79  Greece 10,815,197 May 24, 2011 0.15% Final 2011 census result
80  Rwanda 10,537,222 August 15, 2012 0.15% Preliminary 2012 census result
81  Czech Republic 10,512,400 December 31, 2013 0.15% Official quarterly estimate
82  Somalia[12] 10,496,000 July 1, 2013 0.15% UN estimate
83  Portugal 10,477,800 December 31, 2013 0.15% Annual official estimate
84  Haiti 10,413,211 July 1, 2012 0.15% Official estimate
85  Benin 10,323,000 July 1, 2013 0.14% UN estimate
86  Bolivia 10,027,254 November 21, 2012 0.14% 2012 census result
87  Hungary 9,879,000 January 1, 2014 0.14% Annual official estimate
88  Sweden 9,658,301 February 28, 2014 0.13% Monthly official estimate
89  Azerbaijan 9,477,100 December 31, 2013 0.13% Official estimate
90  Belarus 9,468,100 January 1, 2014 0.13% Monthly official estimate
91  Dominican Republic 9,445,281 December 1, 2010 0.13% Final 2010 census result
92  Burundi 9,420,248 July 1, 2013 0.13% Official estimate
93  Honduras 8,555,072 July 1, 2013 0.12% Annual official estimate
94  Austria 8,504,850 January 1, 2014 0.12% Official quarterly estimate
95  United Arab Emirates 8,264,070 July 1, 2010 0.12% Official estimate
96  Tajikistan 8,160,000 January 1, 2014 0.11% Official estimate
97  Israel 8,157,300 February 28, 2014 0.11% Monthly Official estimate
98   Switzerland 8,112,200 September 30, 2013 0.11% Quarterly official estimate
99  Papua New Guinea 7,398,500 July 1, 2013 0.103% Annual official estimate
100  Bulgaria 7,245,677 December 31, 2013 0.101% Official estimate
101  Hong Kong (China) 7,219,700 December 31, 2013 0.101% Official estimate
102  Serbia[13] 7,181,505 January 1, 2013 0.1% Annual official estimate
103  Paraguay 6,783,374 2013 0.095% Official estimate
104  Laos 6,580,800 July 1, 2013 0.092% Annual official estimate
105  Jordan 6,571,900 April 20, 2014 0.092% Official population clock
106  El Salvador 6,340,000 July 1, 2013 0.089% UN estimate
107  Eritrea 6,333,000 July 1, 2013 0.088% UN estimate
108  Libya 6,202,000 July 1, 2013 0.087% UN estimate
109  Togo 6,191,155 November 6, 2010 0.086% Final 2010 census result
110  Sierra Leone 6,190,280 2013 0.086% Official estimate
111  Nicaragua 6,071,045 June 30, 2012 0.085% Official estimate
112  Kyrgyzstan 5,663,133 2013 0.079% [1]
113  Denmark 5,627,235 January 1, 2014 0.079% Quarterly official estimate
114  Finland 5,453,784 February 28, 2014 0.076% Monthly official estimate
115  Slovakia 5,415,949 December 31, 2013 0.076% Official estimate
116  Singapore 5,399,200 July 1, 2013 0.075% Official estimate
117  Turkmenistan 5,240,000 July 1, 2013 0.073% UN estimate
118  Norway 5,109,056 January 1, 2014 0.071% Quarterly official estimate
119  Lebanon 4,822,000 July 1, 2013 0.067% UN estimate
120  Costa Rica 4,667,096 July 1, 2013 0.065% Official estimate
121  Central African Republic 4,616,000 July 1, 2013 0.064% UN estimate
122  Ireland 4,593,100 April 1, 2013 0.064% Annual official estimate
123  New Zealand 4,524,680 April 20, 2014 0.063% Official population clock
124  Georgia[14] 4,483,800 January 1, 2013 0.063% Annual official estimate
125  Republic of the Congo 4,448,000 July 1, 2013 0.062% UN estimate
126  Palestine[15] 4,420,549 July 1, 2013 0.062% Official estimate
127  Liberia 4,294,000 July 1, 2013 0.06% UN estimate
128  Croatia 4,290,612 March 31, 2011 0.114% 2011 census result
129  Moldova[16] 4,062,800 January 1, 2014 0.05% Official estimate
130  Oman 3,992,000 February 28, 2014 0.055% Monthly official estimate
131  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,791,622 October 15, 2013 0.053% Preliminary 2013 census result
132  Puerto Rico (USA) 3,615,086 July 1, 2013 0.051% Official estimate
133  Mauritania 3,461,041 July 1, 2013 0.048% Annual official estimate
134  Panama 3,405,813 May 16, 2010 0.048% Final 2010 census result
135  Uruguay 3,286,314 September 30, 2011 0.046% Final 2011 census result
136  Kuwait 3,065,850 July 1, 2011 0.043% Official estimate
137  Armenia 3,017,400 December 31, 2013 0.042% Quarterly official estimate
138  Lithuania 2,939,431 March 1, 2014 0.041% Monthly official estimate
139  Mongolia 2,931,300 December 31, 2013 0.041% Official preliminary result
140  Albania 2,821,977 October 1, 2011 0.039% 2011 census result
141  Jamaica 2,711,476 December 31, 2012 0.038% Annual official estimate
142  Qatar 2,144,101 March 31, 2014 0.03% Monthly official estimate
143  Namibia 2,113,077 August 28, 2011 0.03% Final 2011 census result
144  Lesotho 2,074,000 July 1, 2013 0.029% UN estimate
145  Slovenia 2,062,337 April 20, 2014 0.029% Official population clock
146  Macedonia 2,062,294 December 31, 2012 0.029% Official estimate
147  Botswana 2,024,904 August 22, 2011 0.028% Final 2011 census result
148  Latvia 2,003,000 March 1, 2014 0.028% Monthly official estimate
149  Gambia 1,882,450 April 15, 2013 0.026% Preliminary 2013 census result
150  Kosovo 1,815,606 December 31, 2012 0.025% Official estimate
151  Guinea-Bissau 1,704,000 July 1, 2013 0.024% UN estimate
152  Gabon 1,672,000 July 1, 2013 0.023% UN estimate
153  Equatorial Guinea 1,622,000 July 1, 2010 0.023% Annual official estimate
154  Trinidad and Tobago 1,328,019 January 9, 2011 0.019% 2011 census result
155  Estonia 1,311,870 January 1, 2014 0.018% Official estimate
156  Mauritius 1,257,900 July 3, 2011 0.018% 2011 census result
157  Swaziland 1,250,000 July 1, 2013 0.017% UN estimate
158  Bahrain 1,234,571 April 27, 2010 0.017% Final 2010 census result
159  Timor-Leste 1,066,409 July 11, 2010 0.015% Final 2010 census result
160  Djibouti 873,000 July 1, 2013 0.012% UN estimate
161  Cyprus[17] 865,878 December 31, 2012 0.012% Official estimate
162  Fiji 858,038 July 1, 2012 0.012% Annual official estimate
163  Réunion (France) 840,974 January 1, 2013 0.012% Official annual estimate
164  Guyana 784,894 July 1, 2010 0.011% Annual official estimate
165  Bhutan 746,420 April 20, 2014 0.0104% Official population clock
166  Comoros 743,798 July 1, 2013 0.0104% Official estimate
167  Montenegro 620,029 April 1, 2011 0.0087% Final 2011 census result
168  Macau (China) 607,500 December 31, 2013 0.0084% Official quaterly estimate
169  Solomon Islands 581,344 July 1, 2013 0.0081% Annual official estimate
170  Western Sahara[18] 567,000 July 1, 2013 0.0079% UN estimate
171  Luxembourg 549,700 December 31, 2013 0.0075% Annual official estimate
172  Suriname 534,189 August 13, 2012 0.0075% Preliminary 2012 census result
173  Cape Verde 491,875 June 16, 2010 0.0069% Final 2010 census result
174  Malta 416,055 November 20, 2011 0.0058% Preliminary 2011 census result
175  Guadeloupe (France) 405,739 January 1, 2013 0.0057% Official annual estimate
176  Brunei 393,162 June 20, 2011 0.0055% Preliminary 2011 census result
177  Martinique (France) 392,291 January 1, 2011 0.0055% Official annual estimate
178  Bahamas 351,461 May 3, 2010 0.0049% Final 2010 census result
179  Belize 349,728 July 1, 2013 0.0049% Official estimate
180  Iceland 325,671 December 31, 2013 0.0046% Quarterly official estimate
181  Maldives 317,280 July 1, 2010 0.0044% Official estimate
182  Barbados 285,000 July 1, 2013 0.004% Official estimate
183  French Polynesia (France) 268,270 August 22, 2012 0.0037% Preliminary 2012 census result
184  Vanuatu 264,652 July 1, 2013 0.0037% Annual official estimate
185  New Caledonia (France) 258,958 July 1, 2013 0.0036% Annual official estimate
186  French Guiana (France) 237,549 January 1, 2011 0.0033% Official annual estimate
187  Mayotte (France) 212,645 August 21, 2012 0.003% 2012 census result
188  Samoa 187,820 November 7, 2011 0.0026% Final 2011 census result
189  São Tomé and Príncipe 187,356 May 13, 2012 0.0026% 2012 census result
190  Saint Lucia 180,000 May 10, 2013 0.0025% Preliminary 2010 census result
191  Guam (USA) 159,358 April 1, 2010 0.0022% Final 2010 census result
192  Curaçao (Netherlands) 150,563 March 26, 2011 0.0021% 2011 census result
193  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 109,000 July 1, 2013 0.0015% UN estimate
194  Kiribati 106,461 July 1, 2013 0.0015% Annual official estimate
195  United States Virgin Islands (USA) 106,405 April 1, 2010 0.0015% Final 2010 census result
196  Grenada 103,328 May 12, 2011 0.0014% 2011 census result
197  Tonga 103,036 November 30, 2011 0.0014% 2011 census result
198  Aruba (Netherlands) 101,484 September 29, 2010 0.0014% 2010 census result
199  Federated States of Micronesia 101,351 July 1, 2013 0.0014% Annual official estimate
200  Jersey (UK) 99,000 December 31, 2012 0.0014% 2011 census result
201  Seychelles 90,945 August 26, 2010 0.0013% Final 2010 census result
202  Antigua and Barbuda 86,295 May 27, 2011 0.0012% Preliminary 2011 census result
203  Isle of Man (UK) 84,497 March 27, 2011 0.0012% 2011 census result
204  Andorra 76,098 July 1, 2013 0.0011% Annual official estimate
205  Dominica 71,293 May 14, 2011 0.001% Preliminary 2011 census result
206  Bermuda (UK) 64,237 May 20, 2010 0.0009% Final 2010 census result
207  Guernsey (UK) 63,085 March 31, 2012 0.00088% Annual official estimate
208  Greenland (Denmark) 56,483 July 1, 2013 0.00079% Annual official estimate
209  Marshall Islands 56,086 July 1, 2013 0.00078% Annual official estimate
210  American Samoa (USA) 55,519 April 1, 2010 0.00078% Final 2010 census result
211  Cayman Islands (UK) 55,456 October 10, 2010 0.00077% Final 2010 census result
212  Saint Kitts and Nevis 54,000 July 1, 2013 0.00075% UN estimate
213  Northern Mariana Islands (USA) 53,883 April 1, 2010 0.00075% Final 2010 census result
214  Faroe Islands (Denmark) 48,308 January 1, 2014 0.00067% Monthly official estimate
215  Sint Maarten (Netherlands) 37,429 January 1, 2010 0.00052% Official estimate
216  Liechtenstein 37,132 December 31, 2013 0.00052% Semi annual official estimate
217  Saint Martin (France) 36,979 January 1, 2010 0.00052% Official estimate
218  Monaco 36,136 December 31, 2012 0.0005% Annual official estimate
219  San Marino 33,549 January 31, 2014 0.00047% Monthly official estimate
220  Turks and Caicos Islands (UK) 31,458 January 25, 2012 0.00044% 2012 census result
221  Gibraltar (UK) 30,001 December 31, 2012 0.00042% Annual official estimate
222  British Virgin Islands (UK) 29,537 July 1, 2010 0.00041% Annual official estimate
223  Åland Islands (Finland) 28,502 December 31, 2012 0.0004% Official estimate
224  Caribbean Netherlands (Netherlands) 23,296 January 1, 2013 0.00033% Official estimate
225  Palau 20,901 July 1, 2013 0.00029% Annual official estimate
226  Cook Islands (NZ) 14,974 December 1, 2011 0.00021% Final 2011 census result
227  Anguilla (UK) 13,452 May 11, 2011 0.00019% Preliminary 2011 census result
228  Wallis and Futuna (France) 13,135 July 1, 2013 0.00018% Annual official estimate
229  Tuvalu 11,323 July 1, 2013 0.00016% Annual official estimate
230  Nauru 9,945 October 30, 2011 0.00014% 2011 census result
231  Saint Barthélemy (France) 8,938 January 1, 2010 0.00012% Official estimate
232  Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) 6,081 January 1, 2010 0.000085% Official estimate
233  Montserrat (UK) 4,922 May 12, 2011 0.000069% 2011 census result
234  Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (UK) 4,000 July 1, 2013 0.000056% UN estimate
235  Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) 2,655 September 1, 2012 0.000037% Official estimate
236  Falkland Islands (UK) 2,563 April 15, 2012 0.000036% 2012 census result
237  Norfolk Island (Australia) 2,302 August 9, 2011 0.000032% 2011 census result
238  Christmas Island (Australia) 2,072 August 9, 2011 0.000029% 2011 census result
239  Niue (NZ) 1,613 September 10, 2011 0.000023% Final 2011 census result
240  Tokelau (NZ) 1,411 October 18, 2011 0.000020% Final 2011 census result
241   Vatican City 839 July 1, 2012 0.000012% Official estimate
242  Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) 596 January 14, 2014 0.0000083% 2011 census result
243  Pitcairn Islands (UK) 56 February 1, 2013 0.00000078% 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 7.03% 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 63,970,000 on March 1, 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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