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Countries by Extreme Poverty

Name the countries that have the greatest number of people living in extreme poverty.
Defined as less than $1.90/day in 2011 dollars
Some countries are missing from the source data including Afghanistan
Last updated: July 08, 2017
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Country
162 m
India
97.4 m
Nigeria
59.6 m
D.R Congo
41.0 m
Indonesia
33.3 m
Ethiopia
26.1 m
China
24.9 m
Tanzania
20.9 m
Bangladesh
20.9 m
Uzbekistan
19.8 m
Madagascar
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Country
19.2 m
Mozambique
15.7 m
Pakistan
15.5 m
Kenya
13.2 m
Philippines
13.0 m
Uganda
12.2 m
Malawi
10.5 m
Zambia
10.1 m
Brazil
10.0 m
Niger
10.0 m
Burkina Faso
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level 75
Jul 8, 2017
Your source omits a huge number of countries.
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level 35
Nov 15, 2017
Some of the countries in the Americas and Europe are not missing but instead have 0 people living in these conditions.
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level 38
Apr 20, 2018
Try Haiti. Always listed among the poorest countries in the world except on this quiz.
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level 79
May 3, 2018
@divantilya: This quiz is about total numbers, not percentage. Says so right under the quiz's title.
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level 66
Jan 27, 2019
Yeah, Haiti only has about 11 million people living there in total. Their extreme poverty rate would have to be around 91% in order to be on this list, which it is not.
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level 59
Mar 28, 2019
A good idea to have 2 columns: one for total number; one for percentage, to show a more complete picture.
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level 73
Jul 10, 2017
Really surprised to not see Somalia on here. High population and lots of people in poverty.
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level ∞
Jul 16, 2017
Population is only 11 million or so
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level 67
Jul 14, 2017
A lot of surprising omisions, Somalia, North Korea, Yemen, Syria, Haiti and Afghanistan
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level ∞
Jul 16, 2017
The source is missing data for some of those countries. I think Afghanistan would be on the list if there was complete data. Probably not the others, but I'm not 100% sure.
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level 65
Nov 15, 2017
i think the only one likely to fit would be Afghanistan as the others have relatively small populations.
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level 50
Nov 15, 2017
and what about Yemen? I think it would be there
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level 74
Aug 27, 2017
I didn't expect to see Uzbekistan. And other 79% of the quiztakers also didn't I guess.
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level 65
Nov 15, 2017
Surprised that North Korea is not on the list
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level 75
Nov 15, 2017
This is a sad and sobering list. Only one country outside of Asia and Africa. Anyone know why Brazil made the list? A fairly high percentage got it correct but it was a surprise to me.
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level 51
Nov 15, 2017
I think it's mostly due to the fact that there is enormous wealth disparity in Brazil. I was actually a little surprised that the number was only ~10 million.
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level 61
Nov 15, 2017
It used to be a lot more than 10 million. Since 2002 we have managed to reduce it considerably, though clearly there's still a lot of work to do.
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level 59
Nov 15, 2017
There's also the fact that Brazil is the fifth most populous country. Thus, the percentage of extremely poor doesn't have to be very high to make the list.
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level 33
Nov 15, 2017
Isn't poverty defined as less than $1.25 a day? Or am I wrong...
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level 78
Nov 15, 2017
You know what the definition of "poverty" is on Google?

"The state of being extremely poor."
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level 46
Nov 15, 2017
Should be per capita.
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level 55
Nov 15, 2017
I think a better version of this quiz would be by percentage of countries in extreme poverty rather than countries with the highest population of people in extreme poverty. I'm sure most of these answers would still be in that quiz, but it would solve the issue of why some countries aren't listed, like Somalia.
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level ∞
Nov 16, 2017
I disagree. If we did that, the quiz would be 90% sub-Saharan African. This is more interesting to me.
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level 49
Apr 4, 2018
And this way, it is almost like naming high population countries outside of Europe and America.
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level 20
Jan 12, 2018
Basically the "Name as many African countries as you can''
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level 40
Jan 29, 2018
Even though eight countries are outside of Africa? Including the top two
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level 61
May 12, 2018
I am getting wildly conflicting data on Uzbekistan depending on where I look. It's hard to believe 2/3rds of the country is in such poverty. CIA factbook says PPP GDP per capita is 7k but the World Bank says GDP per capita is 1,500, I assume that is in real dollars. Either way, seems like more than 2 dollars a day. I guess things have improved since 2011.
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level 69
May 19, 2018
Very surprised Vietnam isn't on the list. It is poorer than the Philippines per capita and its population is not much smaller.
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level 58
Apr 11, 2019
Vietnam went through a period of very heavy socialism, and although it was terrible for the country's economy as a whole, it did help the extreme poor quite a bit, which is kind of the point of socialism. Credit where credit is due.
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level 58
Apr 11, 2019
Had no idea things were that bad in Uzbekistan. Too bad they barely get any attention in the media
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