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80 Largest Contemporary Ethnicities in the World

These are the 80 largest ethnicities in the world, not nationalities.
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Total Polpulation
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43 million
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9 million
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(70)
Interesting quiz. Norwegian is spelled incorrectly. I am surprised no North American First Nations appear - it would depend on how you group them whether any group would reach top 80 status I guess.
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Jun 24, 2015
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North, South and Central American natives aren't included here because they are broken down into many small tribes.
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Jul 9, 2015
(53)
suprising that there are not very many African ethnicities in the list. would expect to see quite a lot.
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Jun 25, 2015
(12)
African ethnicities are not very populated because there a thousands of different tribes.
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Jul 9, 2015
(33)
there are a great deal here that should be on the list https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ethnic_groups_of_Africa
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Jul 17, 2016
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There should definitely be many more - Zulu, Pedi, Afrikaner, Xhosa, Shona, Ndebele, Swahili, Wolof etc. etc. Each of the groups listed are made up of millions.
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Feb 24, 2016
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Not Afrikaner, they are surely ethnically the same as Dutch. Swahili is also to the best of my knowledge a lingua franca, not an ethnicity. And why are Somalis and Ethiopians clumped together with Arabs?? They are nothing alike.
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Apr 16, 2017
(61)
Norwegian.
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Nov 21, 2015
(62)
I missed Circassian and Norwegian because QM has spelt them wrong! Good fun though.
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Nov 26, 2015
(17)
You missed Slovene.... there's 2 million.
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Nov 27, 2015
(38)
Javanese and Malays are the only Indonesian ethnicities in this quiz. Meanwhile, there are Sundanese with 30 million people, Batak with 7.6 million, and a few others numbering above 3 million people. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_groups_in_Indonesia Also, I didnt see Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo. All three are African (specifically, Nigerian) ethnicities with more than 30 milllion people each. What the source(s) of this quiz?
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Dec 1, 2015
(48)
should accept "Pashto" "Javan" and "Baluchi"
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Dec 1, 2015
(28)
I lost an 100% to Norwegian. You misspelled it Norweigian.
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Dec 23, 2015
(61)
you should accept azeri for azerbaijani also sindhi did not work. it's already plural. why the s?
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Dec 24, 2015
(28)
First attempt : 47
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Jan 9, 2016
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You've missed one that is often missed and certainly undercounted: Romani. Since many are itinerant they are undercounted in all the countries in which they live. Wikipedia sites sources which estimate their numbers to be anywhere between 2 and 4 million. Given that they were one of the ethnicities that the Nazi's sought to exterminate it is especially important to point out that the extermination was not successful.
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Jan 16, 2016
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To divide up each of the separate countries which were once Yugoslavia into separate ethnicities is fallacious, IMHO. A SerboCroatian linguist once said, "I went to sleep one night monolingual and woke up the next morning tri-lingual because I could speak Croatian, Serbian, and Bosnian." He gave a great definition for a language: "A language is a dialect with an army." For these countries you've now defined an ethnicity by its nation-state.
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Jan 17, 2016
(54)
Khmer? 13 million
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Jan 19, 2016
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I started to type in Romanian, and it must have accepted Romani. What about Uzbek, Tajik?
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Feb 15, 2016
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I also tried Uzbek and Tajik, no result. Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen and Uyghur did at least appear, but it's weird (wrong?) that the first two do not appear.
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Apr 16, 2017
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Missing a few: English, Scottish and Irish are there but no Welsh. Also many African ethnicities missing such as Zulu, Pedi, Afrikaner, Xhosa, Swahili etc. (there are millions of each of these groups).
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Feb 24, 2016
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What about estonians (1 million), Latvians(1,5 million) and lithuanians(3.9 to 4.1 million)
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Mar 23, 2016
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Latvians and Lithuanians definitely (or as a collection, Balts). But I could see Estonians being part of the Finn-group (together with Ingrians, Kvens etc).
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Apr 16, 2017
(31)
jew isn't an ethnic group
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May 19, 2016
(48)
Umm, define ethnic group then...
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Jan 2, 2017
(69)
Uzbeks, Tajiks, Belorusians, Lithuanians, Latvians, ....
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Sep 23, 2016
(46)
Ethnicity isn't tribe related. Many tribes can form part of the same ethnic group. That would mean that Native American and African groups are erroneously left of the list.
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Sep 30, 2016
(45)
Yep
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Jan 17, 2017
(44)
Great quiz..love learning things I don't really know. Challenging, but just wondering, why is this not eligible for points? I have never made a quiz so I am curious.
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Jan 2, 2017
(54)
Bamar, largest ethnic group of Myanmar, about 30 million people worldwide.
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Jan 8, 2017
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1 million people describe themselves as Faroe? The population now is 50.000 and I doubt that there's been that much emigration. Icelandic is also a shocker
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Jan 12, 2017
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Why does Turk not give Turk but Turkish does?
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Feb 13, 2017
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Are the Flemish/Afrikaners included in the Dutch 29 million? Because even though they share a common language (sort of), there is a serious case to be made that they are at least as much apart as a people than the Swedes and Norwegians, for example... A bit nitpickerish, I know ;)
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Feb 28, 2017
(39)
Accept Touareg for Tuareg
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Mar 2, 2017
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Miao people of Southeast Asia I'm sure are at least 10 million
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Mar 2, 2017
(55)
Agree, Miao in south China, Hmong in southeast Asia and US.
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Apr 5, 2017
(33)
Jews aren't an ethnicity, population is spelled incorrectly
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Mar 22, 2017
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There are around 10 million Quechua people, as well as 2 million Aymara, 1.7 million Mapuche, 7 million Maya, 8 million Xhosa, 20 million Amhara, 10 million Copts, 7 million Luba, 12 million Mongo, 16 million Somalis, 10 million Shona, 12 million Zulu, 5 million Sotho, 4 million Akyem, 6.2 million Wolof, and probably numerous more I missed.
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Mar 28, 2017
(32)
Many of these I tried as well, this really feels like a frustrating list when it is so incomplete :(
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Apr 16, 2017
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There are 19 ethnicities from China exceeding 1.2 million by 2010. Only 9 are listed here: Han, Zhuang, Hui, Manchu, Uyghur, Mongol, Kazakh, Tibetan, Kyrgyz. The other 10 are: Miao (Hmong), Yi, Tujia, Dong, Bouyei, Yao, Bai, Hani, Li, Dai. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ethnic_groups_in_China
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Apr 5, 2017
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No UZbeks? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzbeks
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Apr 12, 2017
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