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Countries by Population Decrease

Name the countries that have experienced the greatest episodes of population loss since 1960.
  • Only one episode per country is considered
  • By absolute numbers, not relative numbers. Population according to the World Bank
  • Not counting events where one country split from another (Bangladesh leaving Pakistan, e.g.)
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jan 02, 2017
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Decrease
Span
Cause
Country
6,981,010
1993-
Demographics
6,740,000
1960-1961
Famine
5,946,650
1992-2008
Demographics
3,369,446
1990-
Demographics
2,218,189
2010-
Warfare
2,108,353
2003-2012
Demographics
1,945,347
1979-1987
Warfare
1,803,455
1988-
Demographics
1,592,165
1991-2001
Demographics
1,346,985
1990-1995
Genocide
1,232,100
1993-
Demographics
1,111,528
2010-
Demographics
867,162
1981-
Demographics
843,342
1974-1980
Genocide
793,935
1991-
Demographics
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On the other end of the spectrum, India has gained at least 9 million people in every year since 1960.
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Dec 29, 2016
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Is there a quiz for countries by Population Increase, and if not, can you make one?
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Dec 29, 2016
It wouldn't be quite the same since almost all countries are growing. There is this quiz however.
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Dec 30, 2016
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What I would like to know is Which of these are from people leaving the country and which ones are from Death?
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Dec 29, 2016
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It's all together, it's just the difference in numbers for whatever reason - deaths, emigration, or low fertility rate.
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Dec 30, 2016
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This is a really great quiz. Really had to think.
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Dec 30, 2016
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Maybe need to add another qualifier to the remarks - I'm sure Pakistan lost way more than all of these combined when Bangladesh declared independence
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Dec 30, 2016
(58)
If you're going to go down that road then you open a can of worms. Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia seperating, South Sudan gaining independence from Sudan etc etc.
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Dec 30, 2016
Thanks. Added a caveat. The World Bank data doesn't take that into account.
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Dec 30, 2016
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I think "genocide" might be more suitable for Cambodia than "warfare". The fighting in Cambodia killed far fewer people than were executed/starved as a result of the Khmer Rouge.
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Dec 31, 2016
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Rwanda should be warfare/genocide.
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Jan 1, 2017
Changed Cambodia and Rwanda to genocide.
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Jan 2, 2017
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Funny how most of these are either former Soviet republics or communist countries.
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Jan 3, 2017
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Just naming the larger former USSR republics will get you five answers total.
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Apr 9, 2017
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Wait, the death toll for the famine in China seems very low. I feel like most estimates are between 18 to 55 million people died. How come your source has it only as 6 million?
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Jan 4, 2017
It was the final year of the famine. The World Bank data starts in 1960.
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Jan 4, 2017
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I Guess three countries ukraine china and russia straight.
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Apr 9, 2017
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Key to this is knowing which countries are entering Stage 5 of the Demographic Transition Model - mostly eastern Europe!
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Apr 9, 2017
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All except China and Romania. What about USSR?
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Apr 11, 2017
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