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Countries with the Highest Population Density

Name the 24 countries with the highest population density.
  • Density in people / square kilometer
  • According to Wikipedia as of January 2018
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jan 18, 2018
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Density
Country
18,589
7,796
1,917
1,818
1,363
1,154
1,138
664
Density
Country
651
620
596
545
513
480
448
436
Density
Country
422
414
411
404
399
374
373
335
Answer Stats
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Country
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+12
level 41
May 27, 2012
Wow. I didn't guess India because it's such a big country.
+11
level 73
Feb 9, 2013
Sad and scary, isn't it?
+3
level 55
May 9, 2013
yeah
+4
level 65
Apr 15, 2018
Netherlands too? Sad and scary?
+7
level 51
May 16, 2018
Very much, as a Belgium I fear them coming over with their wooden shoes. ;-)
+6
level 73
Jul 5, 2018
tshalla: are people suffering as much in the Netherlands? Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We'll send Sally Struthers.
+6
level 73
Jul 5, 2018
I have no choice based on our history of interactions but to assume bad faith on the part of tshalla, above, but just for anyone else reading the comments who misread what I said as somehow racist or prejudicial: the saddest thing about India being on this list is that they are so anomalous. Every other country on the list is relatively small; most are tiny. The majority of the countries on the list are highly developed highly urbanized countries with high standards of living where high population density is possible because of greater levels of municipal organization. India, on the other hand, is a massive country with very poor infrastructure home to many people living in abject poverty. That such an enormous country, in spite of its large size, would still make a list of densely populated countries is shocking, especially when you consider the dire condition that so many of those people are in and the fact that the population is rapidly growing still.
+3
level 73
Jul 5, 2018
Given all of the above what we've got in India is an ongoing humanitarian crisis that in the near future is likely only to get worse in terms of the absolute number of people affected by it. That's what makes it sad and scary.
+1
level 65
Jul 5, 2018
All that Malthusian concern and nothing about the impact of British colonialism. Oh wait - that's how Malthusian concern works.
+2
level 73
Jul 5, 2018
::eyeroll::
+1
level 65
Jul 5, 2018
See - you are capable of concision if you really try! And without sacrificing any of your analytical insight! I can hardly wait for your affectation that summarizes the deindustrialization of India, late-Victorian policy-induced famines, or anything else that tugs so strongly on your emotional heartstrings. In a Malthusian manner, that is. (Or you can continue to roll with "massive country with very poor infrastructure home to many people living in abject poverty." I guess a snapshot is just as good as history, eh?)
+1
level 29
Jan 1, 2015
Same, got all but India, Comoros, and Barbados.
+1
level 26
May 8, 2016
But it has a population of 121 crores (approx as per 2011 census). As an Indian I feel agitated.
+1
level 16
Jun 2, 2016
it has like over a billion people, quite densely populated surprisingly...
+1
level 41
Feb 25, 2018
Yes, but they have a lot of people too :)
+1
level 19
Jul 5, 2018
Isnt india on the thumbnail tho?
+1
level 46
Nov 8, 2012
ug. really struggled with this one - good quiz.
+2
level 73
Feb 9, 2013
Bahrain at #4 is surprising. I know it's a tiny little country, but at the same time if you've ever been there you'll see that all the population is concentrated in the north, mostly in the northwest, and there's a big open desert in the southern part of the island with almost nobody.
+1
level 26
Jun 5, 2013
70% of Israel's population is in the North and only 30% in the Negev Desert in the south.
+2
level 73
May 29, 2014
yeah, true. I guess in both cases they are not very big deserts.
+1
level 19
Jul 30, 2013
Intersting
+1
level 71
Jul 5, 2018
Fascinting
+1
level 46
May 11, 2014
Vatican City *facepalm*
+1
level 53
Jul 12, 2016
It's funny that it isn't even a square mile! It's population is way smaller but because the area is smaller than the quiz asks for, the density is higher than the citizens there! :)
+1
level 71
May 29, 2014
Rwanda? Wow.
+1
level 73
May 31, 2014
Rwanda is tiny.
+1
level 74
May 29, 2014
This is one of the toughest I've done in a while. I had a hard time getting my mind away from population to population density. Hence I was initially shocked not to see China, Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Still... wow... Great quiz!
+1
level 43
May 29, 2014
Well, all countries, with the exception of Malaysia, have enormous territories. That's why their population densities are lower than those stated. Canada is the lowest measured by population density, while it takes 2nd place in terms of territory.
+1
level 43
May 29, 2014
Of course, by "all", I mean all you have stated in your comment :)
+2
level 46
Apr 16, 2018
In what world does Japan have a huge territory
+1
level 73
May 31, 2014
Malaysia has a pretty small population.
+1
level 14
Jul 3, 2014
Very difficult one...
+1
level 20
Jul 27, 2015
All except Malta, Lebanon and Barbados
+1
level 48
Mar 5, 2016
I thought Singapore was going to be top (over 5 million people living on an island not much bigger than London) but, apparently not. Still, the top two are way, way, way ahead of the rest. Really amazing.
+1
level 56
Apr 27, 2016
belgium is 368 people / km²
+1
level 34
Apr 27, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_territories_by_population_density
+1
level 73
Apr 27, 2016
Can't believe I forgot Taiwan and Haiti. Nice quiz.
+1
level 73
Jul 5, 2018
Got them this time around but forgot Vatican and San Marino. Sigh.
+3
level 32
Apr 27, 2016
No Palestine? really??
+3
level 73
Apr 27, 2016
Not a country for the purposes of this quiz.
+3
level 32
May 2, 2016
Well it is recognized as a sovereign territory.
+5
level 73
Dec 27, 2016
If the UN voted to recognize the sky was green that wouldn't make it so.
+1
level 54
Jan 16, 2018
On the other hand, if we are not counting countries after what the UN says, then we should probably also add places like Transnistria, South Ossetia, Artsakh and Somaliland, which are de facto their own countries.
+2
level ∞
Jan 16, 2018
Those places don't have enough of the institutions that constitute statehood. There's a big difference between Taiwan and Transnistria.
+1
level 70
Jan 19, 2018
FC Sheriff Tiraspol won 14 of last 16 titles in Moldovan football league ...
+2
level 73
Apr 15, 2018
Transnistria was the only "country" in Europe that wouldn't let me drive my car in. So I had to take a couple hours and drive around.

Serbia is the only "country" that let me drive in but then wouldn't let me drive out.
+1
level 57
Jul 5, 2018
Palestine is not independent. Its status is similar to that of a colony.
+1
level 37
Apr 27, 2016
Sort of surprised to not see Andorra on here.
+1
level 63
Apr 28, 2016
what would you expect? a country in the middle of the pyrenees? no international airport? very hard-to-navigate roads built to go to spain or france? not going to be many people there
+1
level 70
Jan 19, 2018
The valley is very crowded, built up wall-to-wall, but most of the country are mountains.
+1
level 33
Apr 28, 2016
Soon... Uganda,
+1
level 76
Apr 28, 2016
Yeah, I tried Uganda but missed Rwanda. When Uganda didn't work, I skipped Rwanda and Burundi.
+1
level 50
Apr 28, 2016
Somehow I managed to get the two least guessed countries - Mauritius and Comoros - but didn't manage to get Bangladesh.
+1
level 65
Jul 28, 2017
Monaco 1 person in every 8 x 8 yard space (64 sq yrds)
+1
level 56
Jul 29, 2017
bangladesh is a humanitarian disaster waiting to happen.
+1
level 37
Mar 1, 2018
No kidding... one big flood or cyclone or earthquake away from possibly hundreds of thousands dead...
+1
level 66
Jan 16, 2018
I missed 8, although I tried three of those 8 and must have typoed. Frustrating.
+1
level 64
Jan 18, 2018
Data still in per square miles... Quizmaster please correct it! Or correct the description..
+1
level ∞
Jan 18, 2018
Fixed. I made the switch to international units but forgot to actually change the numbers with the latest update.
+3
level 73
Jan 30, 2018
Honestly, who cares? Just eliminate the number entirely and just number them 1 thru 24. Were you struggling with number 11 but then thank goodness you happened to know that Lebanon has 596 people per square kilometer, so you got it? No. You did what everyone else did and guessed the countries that you thought fit the criteria. Neither the number NOR the units really matter.
+1
level 59
Jan 18, 2018
Damned I've tried all the Caribbean islands except Barbados
+1
level 73
Jan 30, 2018
What about the Principality of Sealand? Come on...
+2
level 38
Apr 8, 2018
Actually, it has a population density of about 6.75.
+1
level 53
Apr 16, 2018
St. Lucia?
+1
level 53
Apr 16, 2018
I tried Uganda, St Lucia, Trinidad, Jamaica, UK, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany, Kuwait, and Azerbaiajan. Sad............
+1
level 51
Jul 5, 2018
And what country is Palestine a 'colony' of? It is illegally occupied by Israel, but they don't class it as a colony. They refer to the West Bank as Judea and Samaria and therefore view it as part of 'historic' Israel.
+1
level 43
Jul 5, 2018
got Mauritius, missed India.
+1
level 66
Jul 5, 2018
The UK must be a really near miss surely, if you take out Northern Ireland and just include the island of Great Britain, we have over 60 million people on one relatively small island, surprised we failed to make the list.
+1
level 46
Jul 5, 2018
UK as a whole is 259 per square km.
Excluding Scotland, Wales and NI, England is 415 per square km, similar to the Netherlands. 🇳🇱
+1
level 44
Jul 6, 2018
Tough one! I tried to guess countries with small area and high population.
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