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Five Most Populated Countries in 1950 by Continent

Name the five most populous countries per continent in the year 1950.
Last updated: February 13, 2017
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Africa
31 mil
Nigeria
21 mil
Egypt
20 mil
Ethiopia
13 mil
South Africa
13 mil
DR Congo
 
 
Asia
562 mil
China
369 mil
India
83 mil
Japan
45 mil
Bangladesh
40 mil
Pakistan
Europe
157 mil
Soviet Union
50 mil
United Kingdom
50 mil
West Germany
47 mil
Italy
42 mil
France
 
 
North America
151 mil
United States
28 mil
Mexico
14 mil
Canada
5 mil
Cuba
3 mil
Haiti
Oceania
8 mil
Australia
2 mil
New Zealand
1 mil
Papua New Guinea
288,000
Fiji
107,000
Solomon Islands
 
 
South America
53 mil
Brazil
17 mil
Argentina
11 mil
Colombia
7 mil
Peru
6 mil
Chile
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level 75
Jan 26, 2017
If I got the first Soviet Union how did I not get the second Soviet Union?
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level 45
Jan 26, 2017
USSR needs to be a type in for both otherwise nice addition to the seris.
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level 57
Jan 26, 2017
thanks, it is!
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level 72
Jan 27, 2017
I don't think Bangladesh was a sovereign country in 1950...I believe it was a part of Pakistan at that time.
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level 57
Jan 27, 2017
Good point! My source (Wikipedia) includes them as separate countries, and counts their populations as two, too. (who knew Bangladesh would be more populous than Pakistan in 1950?)
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level 39
Jan 18, 2018
bangladesh was part of pakistan it was known as east pakistan....
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level 55
Feb 12, 2017
Japan had a population of almost 82 million in 1950.
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level 39
Jan 18, 2018
heads up on the europe section guys...it includes OLD COUNTRIES THAT DONT EXIST.
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level 39
Jan 18, 2018
im not mad...just frustrated with myself
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level 70
Aug 26, 2018
Why does the European section include the USSR and uses the Federal Republic of Germany boundaries from before reunification while the rest uses modern borders? As already mentioned, Bangladesh was then a part of Pakistan. Also, Nigeria, the DRC, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands were colonies of Belgium (DRC) or UK (the other four) in 1950.