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Countries Whose Population Fell in 2017

Which countries lost population in the year to 1 July 2017?
Last updated: February 28, 2018
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% loss
country
127 m
0.2
Japan
59.4 m
0.1
Italy
44.2 m
0.5
Ukraine
38.2 m
0.1
Poland
19.7 m
0.5
Romania
18.3 m
0.9
Syria
11.2 m
0.2
Greece
pop
% loss
country
10.3 m
0.4
Portugal
9.7 m
0.3
Hungary
9.5 m
0.1
Belarus
8.8 m
0.3
Serbia
7.1 m
0.7
Bulgaria
4.2 m
0.6
Croatia
4.1 m
0.2
Moldova
pop
% loss
country
3.9 m
0.2
Georgia
3.5 m
0.3
Bosnia and
Herzegovina
2.9 m
0.6
Lithuania
1.9 m
1.1
Latvia
1.3 m
0.2
Estonia
77,000
0.4
Andorra
800
1.1
Vatican City
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level 41
Feb 28, 2018
So mostly the same area of the world but wow, look at the first result - more than twice the second result.
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level 64
Mar 2, 2018
But that's the total population of the country, not the population lost.
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level 53
Mar 1, 2018
Japan?! How on earth? Did I miss something? Unless there was some sort of huge epidemic or natural disaster, I'd have expected Japan to be one of the fastest-growing countries.
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level 67
Mar 2, 2018
Japan? Growing? Ha! That‘s the first country I‘ve entered! It‘s one of oldest nations and has one of the lowest birth ratios. (Now you know the reason why Japanese want these robots :) )
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level 73
Mar 2, 2018
Aesthus you seem to have a lot of odd ideas about various Asian countries- conflating many of them into the same blob of misconception. Maybe you should take a few weeks or months and take a trip there. Japan would be a good start, but Korea, China, Vietnam, Thailand, India, the Philippines, Israel, Singapore, etc all very distinct, unique places very much worth visiting and getting to know a little better.
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level 73
Mar 2, 2018
whoops... I realize I was thinking of another comment left on a different quiz by diva. I might be guilty of conflation errors myself sometimes.
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level 64
Mar 2, 2018
So basically name all the Eastern European countries you can plus Japan and Syria? I had no idea there was a such a trend in Europe.
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level 52
Mar 2, 2018
Since the EU has a policy of (largely unrestricted) free movement of workers between Member States, people from EU countries with weaker economies are finding employment in those with stronger ones. That adds to an already negative birth/death ratio (also due to economic reasons and the ever more prevalent idea that having family/children isn't one's sole purpose of existence in the universe).
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level 73
Mar 3, 2018
When countries first start to become industrialized and developed, at first as things like plentiful food, clean water, and modern hospitals are introduced populations tend to explode as infant mortality rates plummet and life expectancy rises even while birth rates remain high.
As these countries continue to develop and become more industrialized, educated, and urbanized birth rates decline more and more until, usually, populations start to decline, as well.
In some countries such as the United States and a handful in Western Europe, this population decline is offset by healthy economies that encourage larger families and, more importantly, immigration. Eastern Europe is fairly developed but economies there are depressed and families there don't usually have more than 1 kid if they have any at all. It's also losing people to immigration instead of gaining them.
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level 73
Mar 2, 2018
Isn't 800 the same number always cited for the Vatican?
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level 28
Mar 5, 2018
Why isn't Lebanon here?
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level 70
Mar 6, 2018
Because our source is Wikipedia, though I see you're quoting the CIA's assessment of things. Since I doubt that the CIA has a census enumerator stationed in Tunisia, and since we don't know who contributed the data to Wikipedia (hopefully Tunisia's census enumerator), I guess things are a little unclear on that one.