Countries by Population Growth, 1970-Present

Name the countries with the fastest population growth since 1970, both in percentage terms and absolute numbers.
1970 population according to the UN
Current population according to Wikipedia, December 2017
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Last updated: December 7, 2017
First submittedOctober 29, 2015
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By Percentage
3829%
United Arab Emirates
2309%
Qatar
581%
Bahrain
531%
Oman
506%
Jordan
499%
Djibouti
459%
Saudi Arabia
451%
Kuwait
370%
Gambia
363%
Ivory Coast
By Absolute Numbers
771 m
India
569 m
China
152 m
Pakistan
147 m
Indonesia
137 m
Nigeria
121 m
United States
112 m
Brazil
98.5 m
Bangladesh
71.6 m
Mexico
69.1 m
Philippines
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Level 79
Dec 28, 2015
Found the right column very easy and the left column impossible.
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Level 44
Dec 28, 2015
yes.....
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Level 82
Feb 27, 2017
Ditto. At least until I got 5-6 of them for finally guessing in the correct region. :-)
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Level 68
Dec 7, 2017
Snap. I think I went through most of Africa before I stumbled on the right part of the world purely by chance. With 30 seconds to go I had 1 of the left column.
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Level 79
Mar 12, 2018
After seeing the answers it makes some sense, with the huge influx of foreign workers to the area following the spike in oil prices in the 60s and 70s.
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Level 79
Mar 14, 2018
Though there are still the bottom 3 which I don't know enough about to explain.
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Level 69
Mar 15, 2018
@Kalbahamut The oil price surge is a factor but I think it's more about the fact that four of the ten countries in the left column didn't even exist in 1970, and were poulated at the time mostly by nomads and small groups of warring tribes. These four all gained independence in late 1971/early 1972 if my memory didn't fail me. Two of the other six gained independence in the 60s.
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Level 64
Mar 12, 2018
Many of them in the left make sense once you think about the mass exodus of refugees from Syria, Yemen, and Iraq.
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Level 79
Mar 15, 2018
They found oil in the 1930s. It wasn't until 1973 following King Faisal and OPEC's oil embargo against those they saw as supporting Israel's right to defend itself that the price of a barrel of oil quadrupled and these countries started to become very wealthy.
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Level 69
Nov 1, 2019
It also helps that the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, etc. are recruting a lot of Indians to do build their cities, Palm Jumeirah, World Cup stadiums, etc. by promising them wages that seem high in India and then essentially putting them in slavery.
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Level 57
Jul 8, 2018
Very interesting quiz! Got all but two (Gambia and Ivory Coast.) The right column was easy. For the left, I figured they'd be comparatively small countries (for percentage to have an impact) and probably in the Islamic world (generally high fertility rates) plus experiencing huge changes (migrant workforce, wealth, something like that.) Once Qatar worked, the rest came pretty easily -- basically it seems to be a mix of high birthrate and workforce / migrant increase against a backdrop of small original numbers. The only total outlier is Ivory Coast (not small, not majority Muslim, and as far as I know not a migrant worker destination).
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Level 58
Dec 29, 2015
I guess countries that went from 0 (non-existant) to any population doesn't count as infinite percentage increase?
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Level 34
Dec 30, 2015
That crossed my mind as well. When I saw "since 1970", my first thought was: South Sudan!
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Level 77
Dec 7, 2017
Nope that's not how it's done. South Sudan is just the newest country but there have been plenty others since 1970 (Russia ...). Either you use data by region (very easy in cases like Yugoslavia and USSR where borders are pretty much intact, in extreme cases you have to check raw data and recalculate), or it's "no data"
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Level 51
Dec 29, 2015
would this also include displacement due to war? Jordan has taken in many Syrian refugees lately and the same happens in parts of Africa due to violence in Nigeria and other countries.
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Level ∞
Dec 7, 2017
Yes, but that's not the reason these countries appear on the list. High birth rate is the predominant factor. In the Gulf states, there has also been a huge influx of migrant labor.
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Level 65
Dec 7, 2017
But are they temporary or permanent residents? I know Qatar for instance has lots of foreign laborers since they'll be hosting the world cup in a few years. When the construction is complete I assume they'll be sent home (if they survived the working conditions in Qatar). But maybe that number pales in comparison to the rest of the migrant workers on other projects in Qatar.
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Level 57
Jul 8, 2018
Don't know how "population" is calculated in each case, but I'd guess that, while migrant workers might not be counted in some places like Qatar, long-term residents without citizenship would be included in the figures. There are a lot of long-term residents from India, Pakistan etc in those countries who run and own (or co-own) businesses and would presumably count, even if migrant construction workers, sweepers, etc aren't counted.
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Level 59
Dec 7, 2017
Missed Djibouti, Gambia, and Ivory Coast
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Level 74
Dec 8, 2017
3,829% for the UAE. Damn.
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Level 62
Dec 8, 2017
UAE: Before --> 237,000, Now --> 9,270,000
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Level 42
Dec 8, 2017
Didnt see the middle east.
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Level 71
Dec 8, 2017
What are the reasons behind The Gambia, Ivory Coast and Djibouti? Djibouti might be because of the conflicts in Somalia, but the other two?
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Level 77
Dec 9, 2017
High birth rate I presume
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Level 66
Mar 12, 2018
Lack of condom
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Level 55
Mar 12, 2018
;)
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Level 45
Mar 12, 2018
I thought there'd be more African countries
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Level 55
Mar 12, 2018
had all in the left column, missed indonesia and philippines in the right.
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Level 38
Mar 16, 2018
missed only gambia and ivory coast
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Level 47
Oct 24, 2018
WHY IS IT ALL IN ARABIA!?!?!
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Level 36
Jun 18, 2019
Economic boom. Especially with the UAE and Qatar
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Level 62
Jan 3, 2020
The lowest 10 are left column and highest ten are right column. I got all of the ones on the right column and seven on the left column
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Level 67
Mar 24, 2020
I managed to get none from the % I had typed bahrain, but obviously made a typo or hadnt deleted all the letters of my previous guess. Had that one worked, I would have tried more in the region.
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Level 47
Jun 3, 2020
I got all the ones by numbers than spent at least a minute getting none right in the percent column... then I got all the Gulf States and the rest of the Middle East (+Djibouti), but I never would have gotten Gambia or Cote d'Ivoire. Nice quiz!