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Most Overpopulated Countries

What countries are the most "overpopulated" based on how many people they would have to lose before their population density was the same as the global average?
Population from Worldometers, August 2022
Quiz by cuotak
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Last updated: August 20, 2022
First submittedAugust 20, 2022
Times taken18,941
Average score75.0%
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People
Country
1221 mil
India
885 mil
China
177 mil
Pakistan
166 mil
Indonesia
162 mil
Nigeria
159 mil
Bangladesh
103 mil
Japan
People
Country
94.8 mil
Philippines
79.4 mil
Vietnam
63.1 mil
Germany
55.1 mil
Ethiopia
54.2 mil
United Kingdom
46.6 mil
Egypt
45.4 mil
South Korea
People
Country
42.3 mil
Italy
39.6 mil
Thailand
39.5 mil
Turkey
34.4 mil
Uganda
29.7 mil
France
21.7 mil
Taiwan
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Level 76
Aug 20, 2022
Ridiculous quiz (aside from the two Taiwans). It makes no attempt to consider sustainable carrying capacity. Please just dump this one for good.
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Level 56
Aug 20, 2022
Found the Brit
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Level 71
Aug 22, 2022
Well at least you’re consistent when it comes to dismissing other people’s quizzes for persnickety reasons.
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Level 76
Nov 19, 2022
pernickety* :P:P
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Level 71
Nov 19, 2022
Aluminum* ;)
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Level 46
Nov 19, 2022
They could just retitle it "Most densely populated countries"
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Level 19
Nov 20, 2022
The most densely populated countries are microstates that don't appear on this list.
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Level 19
Nov 20, 2022
It's just a quiz, not a moral manifesto.
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Level 62
Aug 20, 2022
I scored the average score but got nul points. How come?
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Level 34
Aug 20, 2022
It isn't featured, I'm not sure why
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Level 50
Aug 21, 2022
Yellow boxes on a lot of these kind of quizzes are gonna be ridiculously hard but since there is none, it’s like easier
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Level 71
Aug 23, 2022
no Mexico ?? surprising
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Level 87
Aug 23, 2022
Mexico is a huge country. Some big cities, but it is below the median for density.
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Level 44
Aug 23, 2022
Honestly wouldn't have expected some of these countries to be on here since some of the bigger countries also have a LOT of empty land
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Level 76
Aug 23, 2022
No Luxembourg, Netherlands, Monaco. Kuwait, San Marino or Vatican?
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Level 65
Aug 23, 2022
Not sure if Luxembourg, Netherlands, Monaco, Kuwait, San Marino, or the Vatican have at least 21 million extra people. Combined. And doubled.
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Level 66
Aug 30, 2022
I was confused too at first. The quiz not only considers population density but also the absolute number of people needed to lose. So, it counts countries with a large population and a relatively high population density.
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Level 45
Nov 19, 2022
Found the American.
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Level 87
Nov 19, 2022
Found the troll.
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Level 60
Aug 23, 2022
Phew... almost missed France somehow. Did this quiz change creators?
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Level 83
Aug 26, 2022
Strange -- you would think this quiz was more or less about population density so the lack of microstates and the Netherlands is weird
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Level 19
Nov 20, 2022
It's a combination of density and size.
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Level 62
Sep 1, 2022
Sorting based on absolute population makes it look like the bigger the country, the more overpopulated it is.

All the while making it a point about density.. which should be the actual measurement for such a quiz

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Level 66
Sep 4, 2022
Not really. I wouldn't call Monaco "overpopulated", even though its population density is high. I feel like the metric used here is a decent one.
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Level 65
Sep 3, 2022
Don't understand why Germany (357 000 km2) should have 63 million inhabitants and France (550 000 km2) only 29 000 000...
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Level 66
Sep 4, 2022
That's how many people they will have to lose to reach average density.
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Level 53
Nov 19, 2022
as you said, Germany is smaller in land and higher in population, thus it only can have more people in this quiz.
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Level 61
Nov 19, 2022
I thought it was a pretty interesting quiz that forces people to think about population density in a new way. The way population density is often quizzed makes us think about the smaller countries perhaps a bit more often than we should, while this one makes us take proper note of the "mass" that goes together with that density, which tends to be a pretty important factor when you're actually experiencing it first hand.

Seems a lot of people in the comments didn't quite grasp it.

Of course, there is no such thing as "overpopulation" in my personal opinion. The more people there are, the better our lives all become!

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Level 67
Nov 19, 2022
Speaking of alternative measures of population density, check out my quizzes on population-weighted density, which is a measure of the average number of people living within 1km of the average person in a given country. This is a way to take out the effects of large swathes of unpopulated land in a country's density.

Most densely populated countries by population-weighted density

Least densely populated countries by population-weighted density

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Level 50
Nov 19, 2022
Nice quiz!
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Level 48
Nov 19, 2022
Those are some scary numbers.

And I guess only @ 6-7 million people died from covid.

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Level 73
Nov 19, 2022
That's a scary comment.
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Level 48
Nov 20, 2022
Carrying capacity is what it is. Looking at a map of HDI next to this list isn't promising. China pollutes more than the entirety of the developed world. Who's going to be the next to jump on that dogpile. Not to mention the map of population growth. Facts can't hurt. It is what it is.
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Level 58
Nov 19, 2022
took me some seconds until i found out how this quiz works and why monaco, malta etc aren't in.

nice quiz by the way.

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Level 68
Nov 19, 2022
Looking at this quiz and the comments for the first time.

If bocoker is a Brit I apologise.

I didn't grasp the quiz at first (still not sure if I have) but found it thought provoking, especially that the UK would need to lose 54 million people out of 67 million.

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Level 66
Nov 19, 2022
Did you include territories when making these calculations or are you just looking at the independent country's population? (e.g.-when looking at France, do you just count France or do you include overseas territories like French Guiana, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, etc.?)
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Level 57
Nov 19, 2022
yeah im not getting uganda, maybe next time
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Level 71
Nov 19, 2022
Explanation needs to be clearer, IMHO.
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Level 19
Nov 20, 2022
Really interesting concept for a quiz -- makes you think a lot!