Countries Gaining the Most Population by 2070

Name the countries whose populations are projected to increase the most between 2020 and 2070.
2020 population: Worldometers
2070 population: UN estimates - medium fertility variant
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#
%
Country
344 m
167
Nigeria
249 m
18
India
183 m
205
D.R. Congo
166 m
75
Pakistan
141 m
123
Ethiopia
131 m
219
Tanzania
90.9 m
88
Egypt
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%
Country
86.3 m
263
Angola
81.8 m
335
Niger
73.2 m
22
United States
70.1 m
153
Uganda
64.4 m
147
Sudan
63.7 m
23
Indonesia
60.5 m
192
Mozambique
#
%
Country
57.6 m
107
Kenya
49.3 m
123
Iraq
46.3 m
167
Madagascar
44.3 m
168
Ivory Coast
43.5 m
40
Philippines
41.6 m
157
Cameroon
+37
Level ∞
Dec 14, 2017
It's hard not to see major humanitarian crises ahead in many of these countries.
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Level 65
Dec 14, 2017
Definitely, but also possibly some new economic powerhouses. I think Egypt and Nigeria might become pretty influential. I reckon the situation is likely to get really bad for Sudan, Uganda, and DRC though
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Level 77
Jan 12, 2018
In What way do you see Nigeria becoming influential? They make almost all of the money they earn on Oil which we all know will die out at some point. I don't see any structural developments happening overthere what may lead them to becoming a economic power other than cheap labor.
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Level 65
Jan 12, 2018
Nigeria holds a pivotal spot housing the delta of the Niger River, so trade to Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, will probably go through them. Though Western countries will slowly move away from oil, developing countries such as many in Africa will still rely on oil for many decades to come. They're also branching out and have a pretty prolific movie industry, "Nollywood". Even though the movies are terrible, it shows that Nigerians are trying to innovate and create.

It's still personal opinion and I don't have any hard data. I just feel like they have more going for them than some of their neighbors.
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Level 55
Jan 12, 2018
Nigeria is where Africa's tech boom will take place.
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Level 66
Jan 13, 2018
Is Bangladesh influential nowadays? Booming population doesn't build nor soft neither hard power. It simply inflates risks and threats.
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Level 50
Apr 25, 2020
I get the points about trade and movies, but claiming that African countries will rely on oil for decades is not true. Many countries in Africa are rapidly making the switch to renewables and are often bypassing oil altogether, similar to how they went straight to cell phones and bypassed landlines.
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Level 71
Dec 15, 2017
103 million extra people for Niger! There are hardly over 20 million right now! Just look at a satellite image of the place - there's no way Niger can comfortably support so many people. This is actually a pretty scary quiz... Also, the omission of Indonesia was pretty surprising considering its current population and the fact that most Islamic countries tend to have pretty high birth rates.
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Level 82
Dec 15, 2017
All in all that's way over a billion people. Yes, it's Scary. Why "Ivory Coast" and not "Cote d'Ivoire" though?
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Level ∞
Dec 15, 2017
I plan on using Ivory Coast on all new quizzes and gradually changing the old ones as well. The tipping point for me when was Cape Verde tried to change the English name of their country to "Cabo Verde", and I realized how ridiculous that is. No one insists that we use Italia, Suomi, Росси́я or 中国. English is a dynamic language that exists in a realm that is separate from government dictates. Queue the debate!
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Level 70
Dec 16, 2017
sillie ....... change your name to stirrer
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Level 13
Jan 12, 2018
The world population is supposed to increase by over 2 billion by 2020 anyway so its not that surprising
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Level 71
Jan 12, 2018
Then, why not revert to Peking, Calcutta and Bombay?
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Level 64
Jan 12, 2018
*cue
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Level ∞
Jan 12, 2018
Classic blunder on my part. :)
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Level 37
Jan 12, 2018
So then, Czechia or Czech Republic?
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Level 59
Jan 13, 2018
@RedSoloZach 2 billion in 2 years? You must have got that from subtracting some out-of-date statistic from the projection.
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Level 78
Apr 24, 2020
So why did you switch to Eswatini?
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Level 41
Jan 12, 2018
I was about to type Nigeria and it accepted Niger, I was too "wth?". Most of the country is desert. Water and agrarian problems already exist. I cannot imagine how far the problem would go if they multiply their population by five by the late 21st century.
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Level 55
Jan 12, 2018
A lot of us like to act like another world war wouldn't happen again but I'm pretty sure there will be another one before 2070 and if that takes place, these numbers will be off by a longshot.
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Level 48
Jan 12, 2018
For the Earth's sake I hope you're wrong.
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Level 69
Jan 12, 2018
The people of Earth or Earth itself?
+9
Level 63
Jan 12, 2018
Most likely both ^^
+1
Level 67
Mar 16, 2020
That seems like a contradiction..
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Level 43
Oct 23, 2018
No doubt but I think ww3 will be fought by different powers then what we think because China by 2070 will probably be dealing with it's own internal issues due to having communism so long. Russia by 2070 will probably still be the country that thinks of itself as a grizzly bear still but is actually just an old tired lion. Western Europe is going to end up losing a lot of power weather we believe it or not due to them not even being able to replace their population outside of migration and the fact that they have a lot of debt due to their socialist systems. The only nation I see being definite would be the US as long as we don't all kill each other with all this bickering. Also i'm not saying that all these countries wouldn't participate I just don't think they would play as big a role as we think due to their own issues that they will face sooner or later. Where ww3 will start or when? Idk, hell it could start any day and where I think it would start in the current day is Ukraine.
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Level 55
Apr 24, 2020
As of the situation now, including Kim Jung Un's illness but also the economic troubles that will probably come because of Covid-19 lockdown. I think there will be a WW3 somewhere in the coming 5 to 10 years. If Kim dies this year it can already happen within in 5 years and this WW will start on the Korean peninsula. It could also be triggered by China if China decides to attack Taiwan in wich response America will defend Taiwan since the US has guarenteed Taiwan independence like the UK did with Poland in 1939.
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Level 55
Apr 24, 2020
Some good arguments there. About the migrant issue though, Germany already had over 80 million people before Merkel let in over 1 million migrants in a single year several years ago; they were already overpopulated prior to that. Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, and a few others are drowning in debt but several others in Europe in addition to Germany are not.
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Level 55
Apr 26, 2020
You should take a look at the amount of debt the US has.
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Level 61
Jan 12, 2018
(Singing) Guessing all the countries in Africa, Africa. Why are there so many in Af-Ri-Caaaa!
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Level 13
Jan 12, 2018
The reason there are so many African countries with the biggest population booms is because nobody there can afford contraception methods.
+12
Level 37
Jan 14, 2018
That is not strictly true, is it? It is way more complicated
+6
Level 53
Jan 19, 2018
That's probably about three and a half percent of the total answer right there.
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Level 60
Jan 12, 2018
What's the US doing between all these developing countries?
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Level 67
Jan 12, 2018
Assuming more immigration?
+5
Level ∞
Jan 12, 2018
Yes, it's immigration.
+2
Level 80
Jan 14, 2018
Current population growth projections, if you remove immigration from the equation, have the United States' total population peaking in 2040 at around 342 million and then slowly declining after that.
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Level 34
Jan 12, 2018
Holy crap! Tanzania, Niger and Uganda are done for. Especially Uganda.
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Level 48
Jan 13, 2018
It might sound cynical but..a population growth should only occur if the territory can substain it.. 103 million people more in Niger? They are already starving...
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Level 43
Oct 23, 2018
It'll happen weather you can sustain it or not. The only way I see you controlling your population so you don't end up destroying your own countries is China's one child policy.
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Level 58
Jan 14, 2018
With the exception of the US, countries that can ill afford to have population booms considering the scarcity of food; unstable governments; epidemic poverty and diseases...makes Trump's insult of a few days ago sound downright prescient.
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Level 80
Jan 14, 2018
No sound Trump has ever uttered deserves to be described with an adjective with "scio" as a root.
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Level 47
Jan 14, 2018
Over the next 50 years, the World's population growth, on average, is due to come almost entirely from everyone getting older. As a species, our fertility rate is now basically at the replacement level. India, despite being the top of this quiz, already is having fewer babies born each year. However much of Asia and West have below replacement level fertility rates, which means that Africa is still way above. What's most shocking about Africa is that even in 2070, most of these countries will still have a population pyramid that still looks like a pyramid (the number of babies born increasing every year), and not barrel shaped like the rest of the world
+2
Level 65
Jan 15, 2018
Rest In Piece, Uganda
+1
Level 65
Apr 24, 2020
Rest in PEACE
+1
Level 78
Apr 24, 2020
Pieces.
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Level 72
Apr 2, 2018
Whilst these numbers are pretty shocking, even Uganda - which will narrowly beat out Nigeria on population density in 2070 - will have 633/sq km compared to Bangladesh which today has 1,141/sq km (and will in 2070 have 1,384/sq km according to the UN). Only Nigeria and Uganda will have a population density greater than South Korea has today and none will reach Taiwan's current density. Of course these are exceedingly poor countries currently, but that was also the case for much of East Asia in the mid-20th century. Bangladesh is currently very poor (its PPP per capita is a third lower than Nigeria's). Not that things are exactly peachy in Bangladesh, but my point is these figures do not indicate Africa going into uncharted territory. Certainly this level of population density is not prohibitive in and of itself to prosperity - Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands are all in the same range.
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Level 72
Apr 2, 2018
Also, the Ivory Coast having 72,000,000 was pretty shocking to me, but looking into past population statistics, it pretty closely mirrors Thailand's growth from the late 1950s to today. Thailand is slightly larger than the Ivory Coast, but they're in the same ballpark, size-wise.
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Level 42
Aug 12, 2018
When you think You got Nigeria and thinking you did Nigeriaia so had an outcome of ia...
+1
Level 55
Dec 30, 2018
Those countries have too many people, while my large nation (Australia) has virtually no one in terms of population density.
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Level 82
Mar 15, 2020
I don't think I've ever seen Pakistan as a quiz answer where Bangladesh wasn't an answer to that same quiz. Why is Bangladesh slowing down reproduction all of a sudden? Normally they mirror Pakistan, only a bit smaller.
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Level 46
Apr 24, 2020
The government have taken measures to introduce safe sex and family planning measures
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Level 83
Apr 24, 2020
Pretty much exactly what I expected. Mostly African countries, with some Asian ones and the United States.
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Level 64
Apr 24, 2020
To quote the late great Christopher Hitchens: "The only cure to poverty is the empowerment of women". Quality of life in these countries would go through the roof if they stopped reducing women to beasts of burden and made birth control readily available.
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Level 51
Apr 24, 2020
Angola's percentage increase though!?
+1
Level 51
Apr 24, 2020
Wait Niger. But they have plenty of space. Feels bad for Uganda
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Level 28
Apr 24, 2020
Those muslim countries are about to get powerful
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Level 80
Apr 24, 2020
Most of these countries are not Muslim majority. Also, while Egypt's population today is 5x what it was in 1950, they are arguably less powerful and influential than they were in 1950.
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Level 55
Apr 24, 2020
We'll see what Covid-19 does to their populations.
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Level 48
Apr 24, 2020
Someone please introduce condoms to Africa.
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Level 52
Apr 24, 2020
I'm surprised that Bangladesh isn't here but Pakistan and India are. I want to say that this is due to overpopulation/emigration but as some people have already pointed out countries like Niger will also be incredibly overpopulated.
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Level 53
Apr 24, 2020
Bangladesh has a smaller growth rate than India and Pakistan, and they also have fewer people than either of these countries.
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Level 50
Apr 25, 2020
Many people seem to be forgetting that this population growth may not actually happen. It is something that is predicted based on current levels of growth, but anything could change these growth levels at any time.
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Level 66
Apr 25, 2020
Interesting to see the United States here but not China.
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Level 27
Apr 25, 2020
This is not so bad. Thought it would be much higher. Also, considering the economic booms waiting, I think the real numbers are way lower. Overpopulation is a big joke anyways. Just increase the living conditions for these people, and they will get less children automatically.
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Level 58
Apr 26, 2020
With the countries of Africa being as irresponsible as they are, this can only mean more problems for Europe and the death of western civilisation. WWIII will be the end of the white man by their own admission - not a single shot will be fired by anyone. Well, it's that or a Chinese-instigated cyber-war within the next decade. Hype.
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Level 48
Jun 19, 2020
Mali and Burkina Faso just missed the list.