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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.
Last updated: December 11, 2016
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Total
Country
9.6
131 mil
China
5.6
73.6 mil
India
14.8
47.5 mil
United States
26.3
33.4 mil
Japan
13.4
19.3 mil
Russia
21.2
17.3 mil
Germany
7.8
16.3 mil
Brazil
22.4
13.6 mil
Italy
5.2
13.3 mil
Indonesia
19.1
12.8 mil
France
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Total
Country
17.8
11.6 mil
United Kingdom
18.8
8.72 mil
Spain
4.5
8.49 mil
Pakistan
6.5
8.21 mil
Mexico
5.0
8.01 mil
Bangladesh
10.5
7.12 mil
Thailand
15.3
6.92 mil
Ukraine
13.1
6.64 mil
South Korea
6.7
6.18 mil
Vietnam
7.5
5.93 mil
Turkey
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level 64
Dec 13, 2016
Got Thailand and Vietnam with six second remaining. Good quiz.
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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 80
Dec 14, 2016
Seconded. Right now it's almost just another "who has the most people?" quiz.
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level 53
Mar 14, 2017
Very informative though.
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level 41
Mar 15, 2017
Yes i third the motion, this looks too much like a most people quiz
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level 58
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 75
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 72
Mar 14, 2017
This. Now it's just "spam the countries with most people"-quiz.
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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 65
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 60
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 77
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 60
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 71
Mar 14, 2017
Vatican City, surely?
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level 63
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 40
Mar 14, 2017
wow Japan is old
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level 41
Mar 15, 2017
WHAT. I ACTUALLY DID IT FIRST TRY WITH 45 SECS TO SPARE. WHAT
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level 28
Mar 15, 2017
Barley missed Ukraine.
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level 72
Dec 20, 2017
So did Wheat and Rye...
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level 57
Apr 8, 2019
And Oats!