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This is a list of countries by population. The list includes independent countries and inhabited dependent territories based on the ISO standard ISO 3166-1. 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 7.055 billion. According to a separate estimate by the United Nations, it exceeded 7 billion in October 2011. 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, that are not sovereign states, and dependent territories that do not have permanent populations, such as various countries’ claims to Antarctica.

Map of world population. Gray-scale legend: 0 to 50 M to 400 M to 1’336 M (million).

Map of world population. Gray-scale legend: 0 to 50 M to 400 M to 1’336 M (million).
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Figures used in this chart are based on the most recent estimate or projections by the national census authority where available and usually rounded off. Where there is not updated national data available, figures are based on the 2012 estimates by the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 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 bring about misleading conclusions. Furthermore, the addition of figures from all countries may not equal the world total.

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.

Most of the world’s countries’ populations follow a general statistical trend

Most of the world’s countries’ populations follow a general statistical trend.
China and India are exceptions, an example of the King effect.
After Bangladesh (7th) are: Nigeria, Russia & Japan.

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2012 list

Note: All dependent territories are shown in italics.

Rank
Country (or dependent territory) Population Date  % of world
population
Source
1
 China
1,347,350,000 December 31, 2011 19.1% Official estimate
2
 India
1,210,193,422 March 1, 2011 17.15% 2011 census
3
  United States
314,838,000 November 27, 2012 4.46% Official population clock
4
 Indonesia
237,641,326 May 1, 2010 3.37% 2010 census
5
 Brazil
193,946,886 July 1, 2012 2.75% Official estimate
6
 Pakistan
181,337,000 November 27, 2012 2.57% Official population clock
7
 Nigeria
166,629,000 July 1, 2012 2.36% UN estimate
8
 Bangladesh
152,518,015 July 16, 2012 2.16% Official estimate
9
 Russia
143,300,000 October 1, 2012 2.03% Official estimate
10
 Japan
127,530,000 October 1, 2012 1.81% Monthly official estimate
11
 Mexico
112,336,538 June 12, 2010 1.59% 2010 census
12
 Philippines
92,337,852 May 1, 2010 1.31% 2010 census
13
 Vietnam
87,840,000 July 1, 2011 1.25% Official estimate
14
 Ethiopia
84,320,987 July 1, 2012 1.2% Official estimate
15
 Egypt
82,886,000 November 27, 2012 1.17% Official population clock
16
 Germany
81,857,000 April 30, 2012 1.16% Monthly official estimate
17
 Iran
75,149,669 October 24, 2011 1.07% 2011 census
18
 Turkey
74,724,269 December 31, 2011 1.06% Official estimate
19
 Democratic Republic of the Congo
69,575,000 July 1, 2012 0.99% UN estimate
20
 Thailand
65,479,453 September 1, 2010 0.93% 2010 census
21
 France
65,350,000 January 1, 2012 0.93% Official estimate
22
 United Kingdom
62,262,000 July 1, 2010 0.88% Official estimate
23
 Italy
60,849,247 March 31, 2012 0.86% Official estimate
24
 South Africa
51,770,560 October 9, 2011 0.73% 2011 census
25
 South Korea
50,004,441 July 1, 2012 0.71% Official estimate
26
 Myanmar
48,724,000 July 1, 2012 0.69% UN estimate
27
 Colombia
46,803,000 November 27, 2012 0.66% Official population clock
28
 Spain
46,163,116 July 1, 2012 0.65% Monthly official estimate
29
 Ukraine
45,560,272 August 1, 2012 0.65% Monthly official estimate
30
 Tanzania
43,188,000 July 1, 2010 0.61% Official estimate
31
 Argentina
40,117,096 October 27, 2010 0.57% 2010 census
32
 Kenya
38,610,097 August 24, 2009 0.55% 2009 census
33
 Poland
38,538,447 December 31, 2011 0.55% Official estimate
34
 Algeria
37,100,000 January 1, 2012 0.53% Official estimate
35
 Canada
34,990,400 November 27, 2012 0.5% Official population clock
36
 Uganda
34,131,400 July 1, 2012 0.48% Official estimate
37
 Iraq
33,330,000 July 1, 2011 0.47% Official estimate
38
 Morocco
32,741,100 November 27, 2012 0.46% Official population clock
39
 Sudan
30,894,000 April 22, 2008 0.44% 2008 census
40
 Peru
30,135,875 June 30, 2012 0.43% Official estimate
41
 Malaysia
29,570,000 November 27, 2012 0.42% Official population clock
42
 Uzbekistan
29,123,400 July 1, 2011 0.41% Official estimate
43
 Venezuela
28,946,101 November 30, 2011 0.41% 2011 census
44
 Saudi Arabia
28,376,355 July 1, 2011 0.4% Official estimate
45
 Nepal
26,620,809 June 22, 2011 0.38% 2011 census
46
 Afghanistan
25,500,100 January 1, 2013 0.36% Official estimate
47
 Ghana
24,658,823 September 26, 2010 0.35% 2010 census
48
 North Korea
24,554,000 July 1, 2012 0.35% Official estimate
49
 Yemen
24,527,000 July 1, 2012 0.35% Official estimate
50
 Mozambique
23,700,715 July 1, 2012 0.34% Official estimate
51
 Taiwan
23,268,372 July 31, 2012 0.33% Monthly official estimate
52
 Australia
22,823,882 November 27, 2012 0.32% Official population clock
53
 Syria
21,852,000 November 27, 2012 0.31% Official population clock
54
 Ivory Coast
21,395,000 July 1, 2009 0.3% Official estimate
55
 Madagascar
20,696,070 July 1, 2011 0.29% Official estimate
56
 Angola
20,609,294 July 1, 2012 0.29% Official estimate
57
 Sri Lanka
20,277,597 March 20, 2012 0.29% 2011 census
58
 Cameroon
19,406,100 January 1, 2010 0.28% Official estimate
59
 Romania
19,042,936 October 20, 2011 0.27% 2011 census
60
 Kazakhstan
16,815,000 August 1, 2012 0.24% Monthly official estimate
61
 Netherlands
16,765,558 September 30, 2012 0.24% Monthly official estimate
62
 Chile
16,572,475 April 9, 2012 0.23% 2012 census
63
 Niger
16,274,738 July 1, 2012 0.23% Official estimate
64
 Malawi
15,883,000 July 1, 2012 0.23% UN estimate
65
 Burkina Faso
15,730,977 July 1, 2010 0.22% Official estimate
66
 Guatemala
14,713,763 July 1, 2011 0.21% Official estimate
67
 Mali
14,528,662 April 1, 2009 0.21% 2009 census
68
 Ecuador
14,483,499 November 28, 2010 0.21% 2010 census
69
 Cambodia
14,478,000 July 1, 2012 0.21% UN estimate
70
 Zambia
13,092,666 October 16, 2010 0.19% 2010 census
71
 Zimbabwe
13,014,000 July 1, 2012 0.18% UN estimate
72
 Senegal
12,855,153 July 1, 2011 0.18% Official estimate
73
 Chad
11,274,106 May 20, 2009 0.16% 2009 census
74
 Cuba
11,247,925 December 31, 2011 0.16% Official estimate
75
 Belgium
10,839,905 January 1, 2010 0.15% Official estimate
76
 Guinea
10,824,200 July 1, 2010 0.15% Official estimate
77
 Greece
10,787,690 May 24, 2011 0.15% 2011 census
78
 Rwanda
10,718,379 July 1, 2011 0.15% Official estimate
79
 Tunisia
10,673,800 July 1, 2011 0.15% Official estimate
80
 Portugal
10,561,614 March 21, 2011 0.15% 2011 census
81
 Czech Republic
10,507,566 March 31, 2012 0.15% Official estimate
82
 Bolivia
10,426,155 July 1, 2010 0.15% Official estimate
83
 Haiti
10,085,214 July 1, 2010 0.14% Official estimate
84
 Hungary
9,957,731 January 1, 2012 0.14% Official estimate
85
 Somalia
9,797,000 July 1, 2012 0.14% UN estimate
86
 Sweden
9,540,065 September 30, 2012 0.14% Official registered population
87
 Belarus
9,460,000 November 1, 2012 0.13% Monthly official estimate
88
 Dominican Republic
9,445,281 December 1, 2010 0.13% 2010 census
89
 Benin
9,352,000 July 1, 2012 0.13% UN estimate
90
 Azerbaijan
9,235,100 January 1, 2012 0.13% Official estimate
91
 Burundi
8,749,000 July 1, 2012 0.12% UN estimate
92
 Austria
8,452,835 July 1, 2012 0.12% Official estimate
93
 Honduras
8,385,072 July 1, 2012 0.12% Official estimate
94
 United Arab Emirates
8,264,070 July 1, 2010 0.12% Official estimate
95
 South Sudan
8,260,490 April 22, 2008 0.12% 2008 census
96
 Switzerland
8,000,001 August 2, 2012 0.11% Official estimate
97
 Israel
7,941,900 September 30, 2012 0.11% Monthly official estimate
98
 Tajikistan
7,800,000 January 1, 2012 0.11% Official estimate
99
 Bulgaria
7,364,570 February 1, 2011 0.1% 2011 census
100
 Papua New Guinea
7,170,000 July 1, 2012 0.1% UN estimate
101
 Serbia
7,120,666 October 1, 2011 0.1% 2011 census
102
 Hong Kong (China)
7,103,700 December 31, 2011 0.1% Official estimate
103
 Libya
6,469,000 July 1, 2012 0.092% UN estimate
104
 Laos
6,465,800 July 1, 2012 0.092% Official estimate
105
 Paraguay
6,337,127 July 1, 2010 0.09% Official estimate
106
 Jordan
6,374,500 November 27, 2012 0.09% Official population clock
107
 Togo
6,191,155 November 6, 2010 0.088% 2010 census
108
 El Salvador
6,183,000 June 30, 2010 0.088% Official estimate
109
 Sierra Leone
6,126,000 July 1, 2012 0.087% UN estimate
110
 Nicaragua
6,071,045 June 30, 2012 0.086% Official estimate
111
 Denmark
5,587,085 July 1, 2012 0.079% Monthly official estimate
112
 Eritrea
5,581,000 July 1, 2012 0.079% UN estimate
113
 Kyrgyzstan
5,477,600 July 1, 2011 0.078% Official estimate
114
 Slovakia
5,445,324 September 30, 2011 0.077% Official estimate
115
 Finland
5,425,320 November 27, 2012 0.08% Official population clock
116
 Singapore
5,312,400 July 1, 2012 0.073% Official estimate
117
 Turkmenistan
5,170,000 July 1, 2012 0.073% UN estimate
118
 Norway
5,050,600 November 27, 2012 0.072% Official population clock
119
 Ireland
4,588,252 April 10, 2011 0.065% 2011 census
120
 Central African Republic
4,576,000 July 1, 2012 0.065% UN estimate
121
 Georgia
4,497,600 January 1, 2012 0.064% Official estimate
122
 New Zealand
4,446,900 November 27, 2012 0.063% Official population clock
123
 Costa Rica
4,301,712 June 3, 2011 0.061% 2011 census
124
 Palestinian territories
4,293,313 July 1, 2012 0.061% Official estimate
125
 Lebanon
4,292,000 July 1, 2012 0.061% UN estimate
126
 Croatia
4,290,612 March 31, 2011 0.061% 2011 census
127
 Liberia
4,245,000 July 1, 2012 0.06% UN estimate
128
 Republic of the Congo
4,233,000 July 1, 2012 0.06% UN estimate
129
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
3,868,621 June 30, 2012 0.055% Official estimate
130
 Puerto Rico (USA)
3,706,690 July 1, 2011 0.053% Official estimate
131
 Kuwait
3,582,054 December 31, 2010 0.051% Official estimate
132
 Moldova
3,559,500 January 1, 2012 0.05% Official estimate
133
 Panama
3,405,813 May 16, 2010 0.048% 2010 census
134
 Mauritania
3,378,254 July 1, 2012 0.048% Official estimate
135
 Uruguay
3,286,314 September 30, 2011 0.047% 2011 census
136
 Armenia
3,275,700 June 1, 2012 0.046% Monthly official estimate
137
 Lithuania
3,180,394 August 1, 2012 0.045% Monthly official estimate
138
 Albania
2,831,741 October 1, 2011 0.04% 2011 census
139
 Oman
2,773,479 December 12, 2010 0.039% 2010 census
140
 Mongolia
2,736,800 July 1, 2009 0.039% Official estimate
141
 Jamaica
2,709,300 December 31, 2011 0.038% Official estimate
142
 Lesotho
2,217,000 July 1, 2012 0.031% UN estimate
143
 Namibia
2,104,900 August 28, 2011 0.03% 2011 census
144
 Latvia
2,070,371 March 1, 2011 0.029% 2011 census
145
 Macedonia
2,059,794 December 31, 2011 0.029% Official estimate
146
 Slovenia
2,061,770 November 27, 2012 0.029% Official population clock
147
 Botswana
2,024,904 August 22, 2011 0.029% 2011 census
148
 Gambia
1,825,000 July 1, 2012 0.026% UN estimate
149
 Qatar
1,757,540 October 31, 2012 0.025% Official estimate
150
 Gabon
1,564,000 July 1, 2012 0.022% UN estimate
151
 Guinea-Bissau
1,520,830 March 1, 2009 0.022% 2009 census
152
 Trinidad and Tobago
1,317,714 July 1, 2010 0.019% Official estimate
153
 Estonia
1,294,236 March 31, 2012 0.018% 2012 census
154
 Mauritius
1,286,051 July 1, 2011 0.018% Official estimate
155
 Bahrain
1,234,571 April 27, 2010 0.017% 2010 census
156
 Swaziland
1,220,000 July 1, 2012 0.017% UN estimate
157
 Timor-Leste
1,066,409 July 11, 2010 0.015% 2010 census
158
 Fiji
876,000 July 1, 2012 0.012% UN estimate
159
 Cyprus
838,897 October 1, 2011 0.012% 2011 census
160
 Djibouti
818,159 May 29, 2009 0.012% 2009 census
161
 Reunion (France)
816,364 January 1, 2009 0.012% Official estimate
162
 Guyana
784,894 July 1, 2010 0.011% Official estimate
163
 Equatorial Guinea
740,000 July 1, 2012 0.01% UN estimate
164
 Bhutan
720,679 July 1, 2012 0.01% Official estimate
165
 Comoros
669,300 July 1, 2009 0.0095% Official estimate
166
 Montenegro
620,029 April 1, 2011 0.0088% 2011 census
167
 Macau (China)
568,700 June 30, 2012 0.0081% Official estimate
168
 Western Sahara
567,000 July 1, 2012 0.008% UN estimate
169
 Solomon Islands
553,935 July 1, 2012 0.0079% Official estimate
170
 Suriname
534,000 July 1, 2012 0.0076% UN estimate
171
 Luxembourg
511,800 December 31, 2010 0.0073% Official estimate
172
 Cape Verde
491,875 June 16, 2010 0.007% 2010 census
173
 Malta
417,617 December 31, 2010 0.0059% Official estimate
174
 Guadeloupe (France)
401,554 January 1, 2009 0.0057% Official estimate
175
 Martinique (France)
396,404 January 1, 2009 0.0056% Official estimate
176
 Brunei
393,162 June 20, 2011 0.0056% 2011 census
177
 Bahamas
353,658 May 3, 2010 0.005% 2010 census
178
 Iceland
320,060 April 1, 2012 0.0045% Monthly official estimate
179
 Maldives
317,280 July 1, 2010 0.0045% Official estimate
180
 Belize
312,971 May 12, 2010 0.0044% 2010 census
181
 French Polynesia (France)
277,000 July 1, 2012 0.0039% UN estimate
182
 Barbados
274,200 July 1, 2010 0.0039% Official estimate
183
 New Caledonia (France)
245,580 July 27, 2009 0.0035% 2009 census
184
 Vanuatu
234,023 November 16, 2009 0.0033% 2009 census
185
 French Guiana (France)
224,469 January 1, 2009 0.0032% Official estimate
186
 Mayotte (France)
217,000 July 1, 2012 0.0031% UN estimate
187
 Samoa
186,340 November 7, 2011 0.0026% 2011 census
188
 Sao Tome and Principe
172,000 July 1, 2012 0.0024% UN estimate
189
 Saint Lucia
166,526 May 10, 2010 0.0024% 2010 census
190
 Guam (USA)
159,358 April 1, 2010 0.0023% 2010 census
191
 Curacao (Netherlands)
149,679 March 26, 2011 0.0021% 2011 census
192
 Grenada
110,821 July 1, 2009 0.0016% Official estimate
193
 United States Virgin Islands
106,405 April 1, 2010 0.0015% 2010 census
194
 Tonga
103,036 November 30, 2011 0.0015% 2011 census
195
 Kiribati
103,000 July 1, 2012 0.0015% UN estimate
196
 Federated States of Micronesia
102,843 April 4, 2010 0.0015% 2010 census
197
 Aruba (Netherlands)
101,484 September 29, 2010 0.0014% 2010 census
198
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
100,892 July 1, 2009 0.0014% Official estimate
199
 Jersey (UK)
97,857 March 27, 2011 0.0014% 2011 census
200
 Seychelles
90,945 August 26, 2010 0.0013% 2010 census
201
 Antigua and Barbuda
86,295 May 27, 2011 0.0012% 2011 census
202
 Isle of Man (UK)
84,497 March 27, 2011 0.0012% 2011 census
203
 Andorra
78,115 July 1, 2011 0.0011% Official estimate
204
 Dominica
71,293 May 14, 2011 0.001% 2011 census
205
 Bermuda (UK)
64,237 May 20, 2010 0.00091% 2010 census
206
 Guernsey (UK)
62,431 March 31, 2010 0.00088% Official estimate
207
 Greenland (Denmark)
56,749 January 1, 2012 0.0008% Official estimate
208
 American Samoa (USA)
55,519 April 1, 2010 0.00079% 2010 census
209
 Cayman Islands (UK)
55,456 October 10, 2010 0.00079% 2010 census
210
 Marshall Islands
54,305 July 1, 2010 0.00077% Official estimate
211
 Northern Mariana Islands (USA)
53,883 April 1, 2010 0.00076% 2010 census
212
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
51,970 July 1, 2009 0.00074% Official estimate
213
 Faroe Islands (Denmark)
48,459 July 1, 2012 0.00069% Monthly official estimate
214
 Sint Maarten (Netherlands)
37,429 January 1, 2010 0.00053% Official estimate
215
 Saint Martin (France)
36,824 January 1, 2009 0.00052% Official estimate
216
 Liechtenstein
36,476 December 31, 2011 0.00052% Official estimate
217
 Monaco
35,000 July 1, 2012 0.0005% UN estimate
218
 San Marino
32,404 July 31, 2012 0.00046% Monthly official estimate
219
 Turks and Caicos Islands (UK)
31,458 January 25, 2012 0.00045% 2012 census
220
 Gibraltar (UK)
29,752 July 1, 2011 0.00042% Official estimate
221
 British Virgin Islands (UK)
29,537 July 1, 2010 0.00042% Official estimate
222
 Aland Islands (Finland)
28,355 December 31, 2011 0.0004% Official estimate
223
 Caribbean Netherlands (Netherlands)
21,133 January 1, 2011 0.0003% Official estimate
224
 Palau
21,000 July 1, 2012 0.0003% UN estimate
225
 Cook Islands (NZ)
17,791 December 1, 2011 0.00025% 2011 census
226
 Anguilla (UK)
13,452 May 11, 2011 0.00019% 2011 census
227
 Wallis and Futuna (France)
13,000 July 1, 2012 0.00018% UN estimate
228
 Nauru
10,000 July 1, 2012 0.00014% UN estimate
229
 Tuvalu
10,000 July 1, 2012 0.00014% UN estimate
230
 Saint Barthelemy (France)
8,902 January 1, 2009 0.00013% Official estimate
231
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France)
6,082 January 1, 2009 0.00006% Official estimate
232
 Montserrat (UK)
4,922 May 12, 2011 0.00005% 2011 census
233
 Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (UK)
4,000 July 1, 2012 0.00004% UN estimate
234
 Falkland Islands (UK)
2,563 April 15, 2012 0.00003% 2012 Census
235
 Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway)
2,495 March 1, 2010 0.00002% Official estimate
236
 Norfolk Island (Australia)
2,302 August 9, 2011 0.00002% 2011 census
237
 Christmas Island (Australia)
2,072 August 9, 2011 0.00002% 2011 census
238
 Tokelau (NZ)
1,411 October 18, 2011 0.00001% 2011 census
239
 Niue (NZ)
1,000 July 1, 2012 0.00001% UN estimate
240
 Vatican City
800 March 1, 2011 0.00001% Official estimate
241
 Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia)
550 August 9, 2011 0.000008% 2011 census
242
 Pitcairn Islands (UK)
66 July 1, 2008 0.000001% 2008 census




Published - November 2012












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