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Countries with more than 50 million people

Name all the countries that have a population of at least 50 million people.
  • Date = approximate date that country reached 50 million
  • Quiz by nichster - Sep 28, 2017
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Date
Population
Country
100 B.C.
1,386 m
500
1,322 m
1880
326 m
1916
262 m
1964
209 m
1949
208 m
1965
194 m
1960
163 m
1825
147 m
1969
123 m
1911
127 m
1982
105 m
1992
102 m
1985
94 m
Date
Population
Country
1977
94 m
1893
83 m
2003
82 m
1987
81 m
1985
80 m
1984
68 m
1966
67 m
1948
66 m
1960
61 m
2014
57 m
2008
57 m
2005
55 m
2012
51 m
2017
50 m
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Date
Population
Country
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+8
level 43
Nov 7, 2016
What I find interesting about the dates is that it took China 1500 years to go from 50million people to 100 million people.
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level 44
Dec 7, 2016
Imagine the situation where they did not take so long and have 2-3+ billion:)
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level 73
Jan 14, 2017
It's not peculiar to China. Look at world population figures. Population didn't start to explode until the Industrial Revolution. Before 1850 the population of the entire planet was under a billion for all of history, and stayed roughly constant for long stretches.
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level 63
Jan 14, 2017
I came across this interesting graph while doing some research a few months ago. If this information is correct, there were a number of centuries-long population plateaus in chinese history, and even some population declines. Some of those no doubt coincide with geopolitical changes, whereby the territory controlled by "China" was smaller during some periods. Nonetheless, it's interesting to note how the graph only really starts to take off over the last few centuries, then becomes near-vertical in the 20th century. http://www.china-profile.com/data/fig_pop_0-2050.htm
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level 73
Jan 15, 2017
this parallels growth for the whole world, but it starts to become vertical in countries that industrialized sooner.
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level 64
Jan 21, 2017
By the way, anyone who's interested in i.e. world population statistics should check out Gapminder. It's a great site for statistics nerds. Also, if you haven't yet seen any videos by Hans Rosling, a Swedish professor specialized in statistics, you should do that. He tells things how they are but does it in an amazingly entertaining way without forgetting actual fact and statistics. Regards, a statistics nerd.
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level ∞
Sep 28, 2017
I'm listening to the "History of Byzantium" podcast right now. One thing that is interesting is that the empire struggled with depopulation, due to the plague and other factors. So they would sometimes send raiding parties outside the empire, capture some people, and then force them to resettle in Anatolia in order to repopulate it.
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level 73
Sep 28, 2017
That's what Japan may have to start doing.
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level 64
Nov 1, 2017
it wouldn't do them much good. Anatolia is a long way from Japan.
+1
level 44
Nov 18, 2017
I guess the 45 million Mao killed didn't even make a dent in the numbers.
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level 29
Nov 16, 2017
the stinkin mongolians
+2
level 70
Nov 7, 2016
Very nice quiz!
+1
level 43
Nov 7, 2016
Thanks!
+1
level 73
Jan 14, 2017
it's the most populous countries in the world quiz with two more places added.
+1
level 64
Jan 14, 2017
Actually, it's with 3 more countries.
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level 55
Jan 14, 2017
and with a bit of interesting info for flavor, too, which is what makes it that much more entertaining :)
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level 73
Jan 14, 2017
ok. 3. still...
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level 43
Nov 14, 2017
4 more countries!
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level 65
Nov 14, 2017
still...it's a very nice quiz.
+1
level 25
Jan 14, 2017
I know it has a lot of open area, but I'm still surprised Australia didn't make this list.
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level 73
Jan 14, 2017
they're barely half way there.
+3
level 42
Jan 14, 2017
Sydney has a little over 4 million people, also 20% of Australia's population live in Sydney, so 4millx5=20million (roughly), not even halfway
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level 73
Jan 14, 2017
23.13 million in 2013 according to google.
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level 27
Jan 14, 2017
it seems big...but take another look!
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level 40
Jan 14, 2017
My mind went blank and I forgot Ethiopia and the Philippines.....
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level 73
Jan 14, 2017
I forgot Japan.
+1
level 33
Nov 15, 2017
I'm napoleon
+3
level 75
Jan 14, 2017
I don't know what it is, but I always seem to forget the Philippines no matter what quiz I take.
+2
level 46
Mar 5, 2017
Same with me
+1
level 38
Jun 25, 2017
Missed France and South Africa.... Twice!!!!
+1
level 66
Nov 14, 2017
Turkey is my nemesis.
+1
level 75
Nov 14, 2017
Thankfully I managed to remember the Philippines this time! ... But then I forgot Turkey. Another one I keep forgetting.
+1
level 50
Jan 17, 2017
I only got Tanzania with a few seconds left.
+1
level 41
Jan 14, 2017
All except Tanzania, almost forgot congo great quiz
+1
level 33
Jan 15, 2017
India will eventually have more people than china not that there is anything wrong just a fact
+1
level 57
Jan 18, 2017
First strike, yay !!!
+2
level 53
Jan 19, 2017
50 mil in 2003, 85 mil now. OMG what are you doing Congo?
+9
level 38
Jan 24, 2017
I think it's pretty clear what they're doing.
+4
level 60
Feb 22, 2017
And enjoying it, I hope.
+2
level 46
Mar 5, 2017
This comment thread is the best comment thread on any quiz
+1
level 54
Jun 25, 2017
Great quiz. Have got something similar: "Biggest countries of the World by population", and "World's Most Populous Countries - by Continent". If you wish, check them out and comment..
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level 22
Jun 25, 2017
I did it like 3 times and got 1 missing all times. Then I finally got it.
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level 68
Oct 1, 2017
Colombia is sooooo close to 50 million....
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level 48
Nov 14, 2017
I think we are the nearest miss.
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level 43
Nov 14, 2017
In the year 1960 there was no country called Bangladesh
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level 66
Nov 14, 2017
In 100 B.C. there was no country called 'China'
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level 60
Nov 14, 2017
In 500, there was no country called India. In 1916, there was no country called Indonesia. The areas now known as [insert any country here] still existed.
+1
level 75
Nov 14, 2017
4.6 billion years ago, there was no planet called "Earth."
+1
level 33
Nov 14, 2017
14 billion years ago, there was no area called "Universe"
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level 61
Nov 14, 2017
Here's a mind-blowing fact: Middle-aged and older people alive today are the only people who have ever lived, or will ever have lived, through a doubling of the world population. (I don't remember the exact years of birth for the group of people who fit this description, but it's a fairly narrow range of years.) For people who died before that time, the population wasn't growing fast enough to double in a person's lifetime. For people who were born after that time, the population will never double from what it was when they were born.
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level 73
Nov 18, 2017
The world population has nearly doubled since the year I was born.

Also, depending on which projection of future population growth is most accurate, it's entirely plausible that a person born tomorrow could yet see the global population double again within his or her lifetime. Given advances in medical technology and the steadily increasing lifespan of homo sapiens, it's also entirely plausible that I could see the global population triple within my lifetime.

My mind still isn't blown.
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level 73
Nov 18, 2017
Current world population is 7.5 billion. That's about double what it was in 1971. Assuming some people live to be 100 years old... everyone back to 1850 had a shot at seeing the figure double before they croaked. 1850... right around the year I gave before for when the population started to skyrocket thanks to the Industrial Revolution. Before that the rate of increase was not great enough. Unless you go back around 70,000 years ago when supervolcano Toba erupted. Some anthropologists estimate our numbers may have dipped as low as "40 breeding pairs" at that time, meaning the total global human population could have easily doubled within a generation afterward.
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level 47
Nov 15, 2017
I believe Mexico and Japan are switched in order.
+1
level 52
Nov 16, 2017
Pakistan's population is 193 million.
+1
level 38
Nov 16, 2017
I missed Tanzania and Kenya the first time. Missed Philippines the second...
+1
level 16
Nov 16, 2017
What's with the dates though?
+2
level 65
Nov 17, 2017
These are the approximate dates that the corresponding countries reached 50 million people.
+1
level 65
Nov 17, 2017
Mexico and Japan seem to be not in the correct order?
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