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Most Populous Countries in 1950

Name the most populous countries and empires in the year 1950.
Only countries that were sovereign in the year 1950
Population includes all possessions and territories
Last updated: August 29, 2016
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Population
Country
563 m
China
370 m
India
189 m
Soviet Union
152 m
United States
140 m
British Empire
133 m
French Empire
86 m
Pakistan
84 m
Japan
83 m
Indonesia
53 m
Brazil
Population
Country
52 m
West Germany
48 m
Italy
29 m
Mexico
28 m
Spain
25 m
Belgian Empire
25 m
Poland
21 m
Egypt
21 m
Philippines
21 m
South Korea
21 m
Turkey
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level 32
Dec 8, 2013
Dien Bien Phu aside, the Philippines are so easily forgotten it's crazy.
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level 76
Sep 10, 2016
Huh? Dien Bien Phu is Vietnam...
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level 75
Sep 11, 2016
This is a reference to a previous version of the quiz. Originally, I had decided not to include territorial or imperial possessions in the population totals. I also put in a note about why I put Vietnam on the quiz- and this was because I had decided to accept the Vietnamese narrative which is that the country was united and independent by 1950 and fighting against foreign occupation. If the country was still part of France then obviously it wouldn't be sovereign and get a spot on the list, and if it were divided into north and south then also the population would be halved and not be enough to get on the list.
Dien Bien Phu was site of a major siege against French forces in Indochina. Vietnamese victory there basically meant an end to French involvement in Vietnam. This occurred in 1954.
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level 35
Jan 10, 2015
My mind blanked on the East/West Germany thing.
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level 75
Aug 31, 2016
Germany has been added as a type-in for West Germany to make the quiz consistent with other featured quizzes. Russia was removed as a type-in for the USSR for the same reason. Nigeria has been added to Britain's total. Vietnam has been added to France's total. The Congo has been added to Belgium's total. And Pakistan in 1950 comprised both Pakistan (West Pakistan) and Bangladesh (East Pakistan). Those are the major differences with a contemporary quiz.
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level 44
Feb 12, 2015
Yugoslavia?
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level 75
Feb 12, 2015
Total population in 1950: 7.1 million.
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level 32
Aug 12, 2015
Didnt get brazil
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level 32
Sep 14, 2015
Forgot france
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level 75
Sep 14, 2015
Did you get Brazil this time?
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level 33
Nov 24, 2016
lol
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level 35
Mar 18, 2016
Seems like this quiz should be easy, but I only got 16/20 and was so disappointed I missed Egypt and Poland
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level 58
Jul 21, 2016
Cool quiz. I recommend it for a feature
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level 75
Jul 21, 2016
Thanks. I've recommended a dozen or two quizzes to QM to be featured. I don't think this was one of them, I felt that there were many others I've done that were better, but... not every quiz that ends up featured is genius or anything.
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level 63
Aug 29, 2016
I guess it was considered.
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level 80
Aug 31, 2016
Was almost forgetting Japan and South Korea.
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level 61
Sep 7, 2016
I feel like Russia should be accepted for USSR. It was still commonly referred to as Russia back then.
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level 75
Sep 7, 2016
Originally it was and you have a good point. Quizmaster changed it to be consistent with other quizzes on the site.
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level 64
Oct 31, 2016
Good one.
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level 59
Nov 24, 2016
Nice quiz. Forgot Poland and Belgium. Kept trying to think Africa.
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level 75
Nov 24, 2016
If anyone's wondering how it's possible that Pakistan had more people than Japan at this point in history, it's because Pakistan included Bangladesh (East Pakistan) at the time. Britain gets a big boost from Nigeria. and I think when QM changed this to include territories and imperial possessions Vietnam got lumped in with France, though the North Vietnamese had already declared independence.
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level 19
Nov 24, 2016
i typed russia but is was soviet union
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level 49
Nov 24, 2016
Only missed Belgium (though tried Congo and Zaire, not realising it weren't sovereign at that time). Anyway, I really enjoyed this quiz, makes you think about the changing world. Fascinating how small, in terms of population, were some countries then, as compared to now. However, what is the source for the numbers in this quiz? Thanks.
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level 67
Nov 24, 2016
It's really hard to imagine Belgium as having had an empire.
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level 60
Nov 24, 2016
The only one I missed was Belgium, though in all fairness I did guess D.R. Congo, not even considering that it was a colony at the time.
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level 49
Nov 25, 2016
I got 17/20 but still missed the US: "What country could have possibly had a population of 150 million in 1950....?"
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level 34
Nov 25, 2016
Portugal had a little more than 20 m
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level 72
Nov 26, 2016
I almost missed USA, believing I had already written it. At least I got enough time to check my near-miss.
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level 52
Feb 23, 2017
I misread this as 1950-lead to much confusion
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level 75
Feb 23, 2017
I know how you feel.
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level 52
May 4, 2017
Did Canada ever get on this list?
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level 75
May 5, 2017
Sure. It's on the list of 196 most populous countries in 2017 list.
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level 58
Nov 1, 2017
:)
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level 52
Dec 11, 2017
...well, you're not wrong...
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level 57
May 13, 2017
dammit! Tried the Congo, but forgot it was still a Belgian colony.
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level 57
Sep 27, 2017
It's crazy how different this is from the 1900 one. Then you reach 2017 and your African/Asian knowledge is tested more than ever.
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level 75
Nov 1, 2017
Some of the missing African and Asian countries (Vietnam, Congo, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia, Ukraine) are not here because at the time they were part of other countries. Others simply hadn't yet undergone the population boom that they would in the following century as the benefits of industrialization spread to the poorest countries in the world.
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level 44
Dec 29, 2017
20 out of 20 but somehow almost forgot the ussr...
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level 68
Dec 1, 2018
Tried Korea, didn't work. Forgot to try South Korea later, but got all of the rest.