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Most Populous Countries in 2050

Name the countries that are projected to have the highest populations in the year 2050.
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First submittedJanuary 24, 2013
Last updatedAugust 28, 2016
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Population
Country
1,657 mil
India
1,302 mil
China
398 mil
United States
391 mil
Nigeria
300 mil
Indonesia
291 mil
Pakistan
250 mil
Bangladesh
Population
Country
232 mil
Brazil
228 mil
Ethiopia
155 mil
Philippines
151 mil
Mexico
145 mil
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
138 mil
Egypt
130 mil
Russia
Population
Country
119 mil
Tanzania
111 mil
Vietnam
107 mil
Japan
100 mil
Iran
94 mil
Uganda
90 mil
Turkey
76 mil
Iraq
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level 60
Feb 23, 2013
Someone get me a Sprite 'cuz I'm dying of FIRST.
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level 51
Jul 31, 2013
HAHAHAHAHA!
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level 39
Mar 9, 2014
HAHAHAHAHA!
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level 51
Oct 10, 2017
!AHAHAHAHAH
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level 15
May 22, 2018
HAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHA
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level 32
May 23, 2019
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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level 17
Apr 7, 2015
lame one
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level 25
May 23, 2018
cringe
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level 38
Jun 2, 2017
Don't worry I have a Sprite right here I'm serious
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level 60
May 22, 2018
huehuehuehuehuehue
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level 39
Nov 13, 2018
Wow Uganda
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level 32
Feb 23, 2013
Very interesting. Looks like China stabilises itself (still a hell lot of people) and Japan will have almost as many people as the biggest country Russia? I don't envy them...
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level 43
Jul 31, 2019
Uganda is crazy. The governments of Africa should forbid irresponsible childbearing. They seem to still live in the jungle.
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level 68
Aug 31, 2019
All countries kind of stabilize themselves and later drop in population when transitioning into an industrial country. Most of Europe had this around the beginning of the industrial revolution and is now in the slightly declining stage. China is almost there and a lot of central africa still has rapidly growing populations. There probably is a name to the process, but I forgot.
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level 73
Sep 15, 2019
Demographic Transition Model
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level 29
Feb 23, 2013
@What, Japan's population is currently 127 million - 107 million is a massive decrease.
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level 32
Feb 24, 2013
Thanks, that's good to know.
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level 59
Apr 3, 2015
An even more massive decrease is projected to take place in Russia: 144 million to 109 million with 35 years, that's about 1 million of decrease per year. Unbelievable, if you ask me.
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level 34
Jun 21, 2016
Why is this surprising to you? Japan has one of the biggest aging populations for a major nation.
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level 3
Mar 1, 2013
OOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! india will be dying because of thirst and hunger.(i live in india)
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level 60
May 22, 2018
Look at Uganda !
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level 47
Jul 15, 2019
I think Uganda has more hope with Lake Victoria, a good supply of fresh water.
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level 70
Sep 2, 2018
Keyboard's stuck. Must be someone jammed elbow to elbow with you.
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level 43
Feb 19, 2019
maybe so, but i hear modernization is progressing well there in major cities. I hope it will spread to the countryside quickly.
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level 39
Dec 7, 2013
DAAAAAAANG Nigerians & Indians need to find a new hobby
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level 59
Jan 21, 2019
I think they like the hobby they have...
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level 61
Dec 22, 2013
None of these countries shall exist in 2050 for they shall all be conquered by the Empire of the Dictator!!
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level 76
Dec 23, 2013
Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen?
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level 76
Mar 4, 2014
Gesundheit?
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level 34
Dec 15, 2014
Of Course!
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level 24
Feb 22, 2014
95%
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level 34
Dec 15, 2014
Poor Uganda. Small(ish) size, big @** population.
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level 79
Jan 26, 2015
Uganda be kidding me!
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level 34
Jun 21, 2016
After I incorrectly guessed Tanzania and Kenya, I didn't think to try Uganda. My mistake
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level 51
Apr 3, 2015
Uganda!!! Small little country...
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level 61
Apr 4, 2015
only missed uganda that was a huge surprise
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level 44
Jun 22, 2015
I got Uganda but didn't get India?? I think I might have done too many quizzes today!
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level 77
Jul 16, 2015
Got 100%. Can't believe I guessed Sudan and Uganda.
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level 58
Oct 29, 2015
China will see a much larger population than expected due to the 'One Child Policy's end.
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level ∞
Nov 3, 2015
I wonder. There were already major exceptions to the one-child policy. Also, culturally similar countries tend to have low birth rates. Let's hope that China doesn't have a population explosion. The global projections are scary enough.
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level 76
Jul 15, 2016
Not necessarily. Its successes will stabilise the population; as will some of its unfortunate consequences - like a huge shortage of women in that generation due to preference for sons.
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level 43
Feb 19, 2019
yeah, theres a definite gender imbalance in china right now. also, with all other industrialized nations, China will be slowing down anyways.
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level 67
Jan 28, 2016
Not a happy prospect. Many of these countries will be in dire straits by then. If nothing changes what will be the populations in 2100 and so on. Because it is in the future nobody will address the real issue and that is if the human species does not cut down on birth rates great tragedy is before us.
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level 41
Mar 4, 2016
that uganda increase is insane. 90 million people in less than 35 years.
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level 43
Feb 19, 2019
ethiopia had less than 6 million in 1900...
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level 38
Mar 29, 2016
I got Uganda but I forgot Turkey?? Dammit Turkey
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level 59
Apr 16, 2016
Missed the hardest two. Didn't see Uganda coming from anywhere. They sure ain't gonna fit all those people there.
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level 77
May 8, 2016
Any wild animals on the verge of extinction should probably give up now.
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level 59
Jan 21, 2019
Or start their own space program... start fresh somewhere else.. (and yes they ll need food/vegetation on other wlrlds. But surely... if they can build a rocket they could find a solution for that..)
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level 28
Jul 22, 2016
Wait. Why there aren't Germany, France and UK?
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level 76
Aug 4, 2016
None of these countries currently have 100 million people in them. France's and the UK's population growth rates are very small and Germany's is flat or declining.
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level ∞
Aug 27, 2016
The projections for most of these countries have been revised down in the last couple years. The projection for Ethiopia is now "only" 228 million now, down from 281 million.
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level 79
Aug 29, 2016
A perfect example of why people shouldn't kvetch so much over these things. It's never linear, so you can't just project current rates of growth over decades. The current growth rate is slowing, and the most convincing estimates I've seen of global population show a leveling off at around 9.5-10B. Still a huge number so there's work to be done for us to cope well.
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level 72
Sep 2, 2016
Germany's 82 million right now - do they reckon it will shrink over the next 35 years?
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level ∞
Sep 2, 2016
Clearly the answer is yes
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level 14
Jan 6, 2019
That's good news.
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level 51
Sep 4, 2016
Don't worry, im sure western europe and north america will be more than willing to accept all the excess population from all of these countries, to do anything else would be -ist
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level 76
Sep 4, 2016
I got them all, but, is Iraq new to the list?
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level 59
Sep 4, 2016
Iraq? not anytime soon, at least.
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level 76
Oct 18, 2016
If my math is correct it should be at least another 33 years before it's 2050. So you're probably right.
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level 45
Sep 8, 2016
Germany has 83mil now it's gonna decline in the future?
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level ∞
Sep 9, 2016
Please read the comments before posting your own
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level 28
Apr 22, 2017
CAN YOU PLEASE MAKE ONE OF MY QUIZZES ELIGEBLE FOR POINTS?PLEASE
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level 60
Sep 15, 2016
Oh snap!
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level 28
Apr 22, 2017
ok
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level 69
May 1, 2017
I bet a lot of these declining populations (like Japan or most of Europe) will change course as more and more immigrants replace the current populations.
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level 28
May 6, 2017
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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level 46
May 20, 2017
Germnay's present population is over 81 million
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level 59
Jan 21, 2019
Congrats
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level 52
May 29, 2017
It all looks scary, but Uganda beats everything...
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level 38
Jun 2, 2017
How did I not think of Iraq?
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level 56
Jun 29, 2017
i typed "uganda" but it wasn't accepted.
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level 19
Jul 3, 2017
Who thought UGANDA was on here???
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level 57
Jul 3, 2017
Great Quiz - more than interesting...
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level 56
Jul 3, 2017
I wonder if climate change was accounted for. A lot of these countries are in the areas that are getting hotter and drier, and autocratic, and look at Syria for what can happen with climate change under a dictator.
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level 44
Jul 21, 2017
1.02 left took ages to think of Uganda
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level 51
Aug 24, 2017
By 2050 Bangladesh will basically be a city
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level 62
Oct 10, 2017
Uganda is the Bangladesh of 2050, and Bangladesh will be... incomparable.
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level 69
Mar 9, 2018
This quiz makes me sad.
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level 61
Apr 19, 2018
Uganda is a bomb of population.
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level 38
May 12, 2018
Surprising that Uganda will have more than Turkey.......Turkey has 40 mil more people than it.
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level 38
May 22, 2018
(as of right now)
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level 68
Oct 16, 2018
Where's Thanos when you need him?
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level 60
Oct 16, 2018
There are no countries here that are considered solely European.
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level 41
Mar 6, 2019
I can not believe Uganda has such a growing population.
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level 76
May 23, 2019
population in Africa is exploding right now because, contrary to popular opinion, quality of life there is rapidly improving. (hooray capitalism. oh crap here comes tshalla, put away the party hats) Coming out of extreme poverty and a poor state of industrial and human development countries usually experience a period of very rapid population growth. This is because while in the former state, high birth rates are common and in some ways necessary. High infant mortality rates mean few of your children survive in to adulthood, high death rates mean that high birth rates are needed to sustain the population, an agrarian economy in constant recession means parents often need children to serve as extra farmhands, and with few jobs available for highly skilled or educated workers it takes relatively few resources to raise a child to a standard of living that most people in the country are accustomed to.
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level 76
May 23, 2019
As soon as you introduce a few things like... proper Western medicine, clean drinking water, and a bit of economic development what happens is that infant mortality and death rates plummet, but birth rates remain high as it takes time for the culture to catch up. As education levels improve so does awareness of things like birth control, and as populations become more urbanized and standards of living go up there is also social pressure to invest more resources in each child to ensure that they get a job more desirable than working on the family farm, so having a bunch of kids you can't afford to educate becomes less attractive. Slowly, over generations the birth rate declines further and further until the population stabilizes, and eventually you get to a point where education and literacy levels are so good that everyone learns the truth that procreation is irresponsible and life is meaningless anyway and then the population starts to decline like in Japan.
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level 76
May 23, 2019
Anyway, right now most sub-Saharan African countries are in stage 2 of this model:
1. huge birth rates, huge death rates = stable population
2. huge birth rates, declining death rates = rapidly growing population
3. declining birth rates, low death rates = stable, then slowly shrinking population
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level 76
May 23, 2019
Scary stuff.
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level 49
Jun 3, 2019
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level 55
Aug 15, 2019
Hmmm... I realize that population predictions often vary widely because they're difficult to predict. For the most part these seem right, but I did a bit of research and I've found a lot of sources, including Wikipedia, say that Bangladesh's population will be about 202 million, not 250 million, in 2050. It might be worth looking into this again and making that change.