Countries with the Most People in Extreme Poverty

Name the countries that have the greatest number of people living in extreme poverty.
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Last updated: November 4, 2019
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%
Country
95.9 m
47.7
Nigeria
62.0 m
71.4
D.R. Congo
37.0 m
2.7
India
27.5 m
24.5
Ethiopia
23.8 m
41.1
Tanzania
20.6 m
76.4
Madagascar
17.1 m
56.2
Mozambique
16.2 m
55.6
Yemen
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%
Country
15.1 m
58.8
North Korea
14.9 m
63.9
Niger
14.4 m
37.8
Afghanistan
14.4 m
24.5
South Africa
13.7 m
31.0
Uganda
12.6 m
67.5
Malawi
10.8 m
4.0
Indonesia
10.8 m
6.6
Bangladesh
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%
Country
9.8 m
22.9
Sudan
9.5 m
53.0
Zambia
9.1 m
4.3
Brazil
8.9 m
77.2
Burundi
8.9 m
80.3
South Sudan
8.6 m
16.3
Kenya
8.2 m
28.8
Venezuela
7.6 m
48.9
Somalia
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Level 30
Jul 24, 2019
Hello, this quiz is very outdated. It would be nice to try this with current data. Try to update it, please. World poverty clock might make a good source: https://worldpoverty.io/index.html
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Level ∞
Nov 4, 2019
Thanks for the suggestion. I like your source better than the World Bank data I was originally using.
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Level 65
Nov 4, 2019
This quiz is on the list of new and reset featured quizzes, so I was surprised to see that it does not offer points. I thought all featured quizzes offered points.
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Level ∞
Nov 5, 2019
It does offer points!
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Level 65
Nov 5, 2019
Interesting to see China not on here - but I live here. Also missed North Korea - focused too much on African countries.
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Level 38
Apr 26, 2020
China is ok i think
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Level 48
Jul 21, 2020
Ok in hiding facts.
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Level 79
Nov 5, 2019
Knew a lot of people from many of these countries - mostly expat workers I met overseas when I was an expat worker myself. Some refugees and victims of human trafficking, as well. Often they're some of the nicest people you'll meet, despite always being vilified by the locals in whichever community they've settled in.
Visited India and Ethiopia. Had a nice time in the latter.
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Level 80
Nov 5, 2019
Would it be possible to get a definition of what constitutes extreme poverty for the purposes of this quiz in the instructions please.
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Level 82
Nov 5, 2019
Most recently I have seen it as below $1.90 per day although this obviously varies with the value of money.
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Level 82
Nov 5, 2019
I thought, "At last, a quiz with the Central African Republic as an answer!" But no...
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Level 66
Nov 5, 2019
Considering some of the countries on here and some of the ones NOT on here, these figures must be politicized. I mean, China, with 1.4 billion people, doesn't even have 7 million that meet the definition?
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Level 18
Nov 5, 2019
Chinas currently has 0.3 percent of its populations living with less than PPP equivalent of 1.90 Dollar. Absolute that translates to 4.2 million.
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Level 42
Nov 6, 2019
If this is true, that's insane.
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Level ∞
Jan 12, 2020
Why is that insane? $1.90 per day is almost nothing. The per-capita GDP of China is about 28 times that.
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Level 47
Nov 6, 2019
Figures from China are notoriously questionable and frequently manipulated for political reasons...there are still PLENTY of very poor people in the western parts of China and many exploited workers from these regions who are working as indentured labour in factories in the east.
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Level 58
Jan 12, 2020
I agree. You'll see China in every "good" quiz and you'll never see China in any "bad" quiz.
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Level 71
Jan 12, 2020
While that could be the case, $1.90 per day is very low. A lot of people in China who most would consider "very poor" might not actually fall under this definition of extreme poverty.
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Level ∞
Jan 12, 2020
The figures are probably accurate. All those exploited factory workers still make a lot more than $1.90 a day.
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Level 65
Jan 12, 2020
Syria not in the "top" 24 but South Africa is? Wow!
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Level 68
Feb 19, 2020
The missing Syria surprised me as well at first. But according to wikipedia, the estimated population in 2019 is about 17 million people. To become a part of the quiz, almost half of it should live in extreme poverty, which apparently and thankfully is not the case.
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Level 70
Jan 12, 2020
A truer list would be in % figures rather than numbers:
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Level 70
Jan 12, 2020
That would be a different list, not a "truer" one.
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Level 78
Jan 12, 2020
I agree with Malbaby that using percentages rather than total numbers might be a better indicator. Using total numbers it seems to me that countries with higher populations would be more likely to make the list. (But I'm no expert. Maybe someone who is could comment.)
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Level 62
Jan 12, 2020
Surprised Burundi is on here and very surprised no Haiti or Zimbabwe! Zimbabwe was was literally running out of money!
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Level 50
May 19, 2020
burundi is incredibly poor they are they have the lowestgdp per capita in the world
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Level 47
Apr 23, 2020
South Sudan :(
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Level 47
Jun 10, 2020
I wish this quiz didn’t have to exist
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Level 30
Jul 3, 2020
Happy to see pakistan is not here, actually most pakistanis r well off, but some of them in far off areas are reallypoor
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Level 48
Jul 21, 2020
Thank India for 1971. ;)