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Most Populous Modern-Day Countries in 1800 AD

Name the modern-day countries whose current territory had the highest population in the year 1800.
Based on a variety of sources including this map, Wikipedia, and popstat.info
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First submittedSeptember 6, 2017
Last updatedJune 3, 2019
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Population
Country
295 m
China
255 m
India
29 m
Japan
27 m
France
21 m
Germany
21 m
Russia
Population
Country
18 m
Bangladesh
17 m
Italy
16 m
Indonesia
13 m
Nigeria
12 m
United Kingdom
11 m
Spain
Population
Country
9 m
Pakistan
9 m
Ukraine
8 m
Mexico
8 m
Poland
7 m
D.R. Congo
7 m
Turkey
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level 51
Sep 7, 2017
So even though it's shockingly high on the present-day population quiz, it's even more shocking to realise that Bangladesh has actually been dropping off! It used to be much higher.
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level 72
Jan 8, 2018
Well Google currently thinks that the population of Bangladesh is about 9 times what it is in this quiz, whereas China & India are only about 4-5 times...
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level 66
Feb 27, 2018
The USA, with over 325 million people doesn't figure at all!
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level 76
Feb 27, 2018
There may have been as many as 20 million people there except for the disease brought by Europeans in the 1500s.
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level 51
Feb 27, 2018
What I mean is that Bangladesh was at this time the seventh-most populous country in the world. Nowadays, it's eighth.
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level 39
Feb 27, 2018
That just means other countries are growing faster
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level 65
Mar 1, 2018
No Egypt?
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level 66
Feb 27, 2018
These attempts to calculate populations in areas that had no statistics seem to rely on a lot of speculation. The numbers for such places as Nigeria, D.R. Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia etc are not very reliable. Probably the only places that had reliable statistics at that time were the UK, France, Germany, and maybe Spain and Italy.
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level 65
Feb 27, 2018
I thought India, Bangladesh and Pakistan were just one country in 1800
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level 67
Feb 27, 2018
The directions specify the modern day countries.They may have all been one country, but the area that is now Pakistan counts for Pakistan, the area that is now Bangladesh counts fro Bangladesh, etc.
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level 53
Feb 28, 2018
Where did all the current Iranians, Saudi Arabians, Egyptians and Brazilians all come from???
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level 72
Feb 28, 2018
Mars.
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level 70
Jun 21, 2018
Their moms.
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level 49
Feb 28, 2018
Can you do another quiz for 1801 AD?
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level 34
Mar 1, 2018
no USA! How America has grown in just 200 years!
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level 54
May 15, 2019
Didn’t expect to see Japan in the 3rd place