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Countries with the Highest Population 65 and Older

Name the top 20 countries with the highest number of people who are at least 65 years of age.
% over 65 from the World Bank, 2018
Total population from Worldometers, July 2019
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Last updated: July 24, 2019
First submittedSeptember 8, 2014
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%
Total
Country
11.2
159 mil
China
6.2
84.5 mil
India
15.8
52.0 mil
United States
27.5
34.9 mil
Japan
14.6
21.0 mil
Russia
8.9
18.8 mil
Brazil
21.7
17.9 mil
Germany
5.5
14.7 mil
Indonesia
23.3
13.8 mil
Italy
20.0
13.1 mil
France
%
Total
Country
18.7
12.5 mil
United Kingdom
7.0
9.37 mil
Mexico
4.5
9.20 mil
Pakistan
19.7
9.15 mil
Spain
5.1
8.60 mil
Bangladesh
11.8
8.20 mil
Thailand
14.4
7.41 mil
South Korea
16.8
7.34 mil
Ukraine
7.4
7.22 mil
Vietnam
8.4
6.94 mil
Turkey
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level 65
Dec 13, 2016
Got Thailand and Vietnam with six second remaining. Good quiz.
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level 54
Oct 19, 2019
yeah, almost every southeast asian country is here
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level 67
Dec 14, 2016
You could make this more difficult by ranking them according to % of population rather than over all number. I suspect that would change some of the countries lower down the list. At the minute a lot are merely countries with massive populations. Good quiz, I just think that twist would make people think a bit more while taking it.
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level 82
Dec 14, 2016
Seconded. Right now it's almost just another "who has the most people?" quiz.
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level 54
Mar 14, 2017
Very informative though.
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level 40
Mar 15, 2017
Yes i third the motion, this looks too much like a most people quiz
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level 59
Oct 17, 2019
Yeah although a notable exception is the big african countries so that makes it more interesting
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level 61
Mar 14, 2017
But it's also sobering to realize Nigeria, ranked seventh in the world in population, isn't even on the list. There are a few other surprising omissions.
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level 77
Mar 14, 2017
Not a single country in Africa. Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan, Congo, Morocco, Algeria, Uganda.. in spite of quite large populations, don't show up. Also notably missing is Iran, Iraq, the Philippines and Colombia. I was personally a little surprised to not see Argentina.
If you switched it to % then it would just be almost exactly the same as the quiz about countries with highest life expectancy, which has already been on the front page a few times.
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level 61
Oct 17, 2019
Iran, Philippines, Burma, Colombia, Argentina are the ones missing if you go by population.

Iraq isnt missing, it has a lower population than the lowest one on here, Ukraine. Everything with a lower population isnt missing, the ones I listed above all have a higher population (with African countries excluded).

Though missing isnt really correct. because then you'd have a top 24. Colombia and Argentina wouldnt make that top 20. Also Spain would be off the list, as would south Korea and Ukraine.

long story short(er): Iran, Philippines, Burma would be in, and Spain, South Korea and Ukraine would be out if it was top 20 without African countries.

personally Spain surprised me a little, because somehow I always think it doesnt have a big population, because it is less densely populated than many other western european countries (The netherlands is approx. 400/km² italy 200/km² and spain 100/km² to give an idea)

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level 77
Oct 17, 2019
Yeah that makes sense. I thought Iraq had a slightly larger population than that. I was aware that Spain had a large older population though.
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level 73
Mar 14, 2017
This. Now it's just "spam the countries with most people"-quiz.
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level 61
Oct 17, 2019
It would definitely change things and make it a lot more interesting to see it percentage wise
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level 58
Oct 17, 2019
I actually thought that's what the quiz is about till about 40 secs left.
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level 67
Mar 14, 2017
So many reasons why some populations may lose people before they reach 65. Everything from wars both civil and international, pre-natal and ante-natal assistance, availability of medical services and medicines, regional prevalence of diseases such as malaria, percentage of people smoking tobacco and other lung and body disease encouraging habits, lack of proper hygiene and use of parasitic foods....... growing old in some areas is like a lottery.
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level 67
Mar 14, 2017
I'm surprised by the amount of developing countries on this list, but I guess I shouldn't be because it's going by total number and not as a percentage of a total population.
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level 62
Mar 14, 2017
Finished with 0:15 to go...it's scary to think that Nigeria is the seventh largest country in the world and it doesn't even make this quiz.
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level 80
Mar 14, 2017
Scary or just interesting?
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level 71
Mar 14, 2017
Not so much scary, but sobering...most countries' average life expectancy is governed by infant mortality rates. These statistics prove that African countries have a real issue with disease (like AIDS) and continuing wars
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level 61
Oct 17, 2019
yes very interesting when people die a lot...
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level 61
Mar 14, 2017
Maths helps: Couldn't think of Bangladesh organically so took 8 million and multiplied by 20 to get 160 million, which I knew correlated to Bangladesh.
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level 72
Mar 14, 2017
Vatican City, surely?
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level 62
Mar 14, 2017
By percentage, sure!
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level 65
Mar 14, 2017
How is Canada not on this list?
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level 43
Mar 14, 2017
Not many people.
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level 39
Mar 14, 2017
wow Japan is old
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level 39
Mar 15, 2017
WHAT. I ACTUALLY DID IT FIRST TRY WITH 45 SECS TO SPARE. WHAT
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level 27
Mar 15, 2017
Barley missed Ukraine.
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level 73
Dec 20, 2017
So did Wheat and Rye...
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level 66
Apr 8, 2019
And Oats!
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level 62
May 9, 2019
Sad that Nigeria isn't on here
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level 53
May 9, 2019
Why do I always forget Spain
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level 54
Oct 17, 2019
You can actually finish this by extrapolating the total population of each country from the numbers and percentages provided - then just fill in the country you know has the population you've roughly worked out.
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level 65
Oct 17, 2019
Or just spam the most populous countries right away.
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level 78
Oct 17, 2019
It's sad, but it's basically name the most populous nations not in Africa.
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level 61
Oct 17, 2019
I would love to see this on a map! To get a nice view