Top 10 Highest Populated Countries In The World

World Population, a term, basically referring to the total number of human beings on earth, has now, literally, been widened in terms of use as a major issue in all nations. Growing at an annual rate of 1.1% as of 2011, planet earth is, today, estimated to be the home for over 7.08 billion human lives. In the time period between 1999 and 2012, the world population increased astonishingly, by 1 billion people.  The world population is determined as the total population of all nations, calculated by nation-wise census, held in a certain period of time. Population growth has been a major issue for the entire globe today. As resources to fulfill needs of all human beings look to be insufficient, the degree of environmental degradation  looks to be crazily increasing equally. And even the efforts to control this has been proved futile for the time-being.

So, here we list the top 10 highest populated countries in the world.


[button size=”large”]Population : 127,460,000[/button]

Japan- highest population in the world

The technology king of the planet, Japan is a home to 127,460,000 human beings, which is almost 2% of the entire world population.  With a land area of less than 400,000 km2, Japan is one of the most densely populated nations in the world. With a literacy rate of an almost perfect 99%, Japan is among the few most advanced nations in the world. With a negligible unemployment rate of just 4%, the per capita personal disposable income of the Japanese citizens is estimated to be around $12,000. Despite having a high population in the present context, this East-Asian island has currently got a gradual population decrease, with the population estimated to be decreasing at the rate of 0.077% every year. Shinto and Buddhism are the two major religions of the nation.

9. Russia

[button size=”large”]Population : 143,369,806[/button]

Russia- highest population in the worldDespite having the largest land area among all nations, Russia, mostly due to extremely cold places towards the north, is placed in the 9th position in the nations with the highest population. Russia constructs 2.03% of the world population.  An area of 17,098,246 km² in Russia is a home to around 143 million people, settled especially in the warmer urban areas, while a lot of parts remain out of human settlement due to extremely cold climates. This nation also has a literacy of almost 100%, with an employment rate of almost 95 %. Industries and services stand out to be the two major sources of income for the people. This nation exports, in a large scale, products ranging from petroleum to arsenal.Russian Orthodoxy is the dominant religion among the people.

8. Bangladesh

[button size=”large”]Population : 152,518,015[/button]

Bangladesh- highest populated country in the worldA developing South-Asian nation, Bangladesh is estimated to be a home for more than 152 million people. Lying on the fertile Bengal Delta, this nation has a population density of 1033/, with the nominal per capita personal income calculated to be $1,044. Bengali is the major ethnic group and considered the sole ethnicity of the entire country with 98% of the people following the religion. Bangladesh is officially considered an Islam nation. Most part of the nation are less than 12 m above the sea level. The Royal Bengal Tiger is considered as the major member of the fauna in Bangladesh, with the number of this animal being very rare in the world. Despite having a literacy rate of only 57%, only 5% of the total population is unemployed. Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh is estimated to have a population of 10 million people with a population density of 45000/

7. Nigeria

[button size=”large”]Population :  166,629,000[/button]

Nigeria- highest populated country in the worldWith a population of 166 million, Nigeria is the only African nation in this list of most populated nations of the world. This nation is believed to have over 500 ethnic groups with Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba being the major ones. The British colonized Nigeria in the late 19th century. Nigeria became independent in 1960. Often known as the ‘giant of Africa’, this nation has its major revenues coming in from oil export. With a 78.6% literacy rate, 22% of the Nigerians, today, remain unemployed. It also has an astonishingly high total fertility rate of 5.5 children/woman.  With above 500 different languages spoken in the nation’s territory, entire population is divided into almost equal halves in terms of religion with almost half the population following Christianity, while the other half is following Islam.

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6. Pakistan

[button size=”large”]Population :  182,219,000 [/button]
Pakistan- Highest population in the worldThe sixth most populated country in the world, Pakistan, covers an area of 796,000 In this developing Asian nation, what really matters, still today, is religion. The Pakistanis are considered rigid in this matter, with statistics suggesting the same. 97% of the total population are following Islam in Pakistan. 57% of the total population is estimated to be literate, provided they can read a newspaper and write a simple letter in any language. Etymologically referring to the ‘Land of the Pure’, English and Urdu are the official languages to the 182 million citizens of Pakistan. In terms of economy, Pakistan is a nation considered to have a great potential to be a leading nation in economic market, and hence, is enlisted in the ‘Next Eleven’, the eleven nations considered to carry the potential of developing as World’s largest economy in the 21st century. Pakistan still has around 6% of unemployed population.

5. Brazil

[button size=”large”]Population :  193,946,866 [/button]

Brazil- highest populated countries in the worldWorld’s 5th largest nation, Brazil, is also the 5th most populated nation in the world, with a population of almost 194 million settled in an area of 8,514,215 km2. Covering almost the half of the entire continent, Brazil has the largest tropical rain forest of the world. The population density of Brazil is only 23.7/, with nominal per capita personal income of $10,958. As of 2006, 18.57% of the population lives below the poverty line in Brazil. Crime stands out to be a serious problem in this land of football, with an estimated 23.8 homicides per resident. This nation is busy in preparation to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and 2016 Olympic Games, today, and these events are expected to uplift the life standard of the people in Brazil.

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4. Indonesia

[button size=”large”]Population :  237,641,326 [/button]

Indonesia- highest populated country in the worldWorld’s most populated archipelago, officially known as the Republic of Indonesia, is a sovereign state in East Asia. The archipelago, consisting of 17,508 islands, bears a population of 237 million. 58% of this population are settled in Java island, which happens to be the most populated island in the entire planet. With a nominal per capita personal income of $3,499, the population density of Indonesia is 124.66/ There is a total of 300 ethnic groups in the nation, which have, over time, been influenced by the Indian, Chinese and Arabian sources. Islam is followed by almost 88% of the total population while, Christianity is followed by 9.87%. This nation, with an area of 1,904,569 km2, holds the second largest biodiversity in the world.Despite having a huge amount of natural resources, the nation has 16.58% of the population living under the poverty line, while 90.4 % of the total population are enumerated as literate.

3. United States

[button size=”large”]Population :    315,492,000[/button]

United states- highest populated country in the worldUnited States, the king of all nations, accounts for nearly 4% of the world population. Founded on July 4, 1776, the United States is, by the world, considered the strongest nation of the world. Often referred to as the States, U.S.A is a federal republic consisting of 50 states. Lower in comparison to France and United Kingdom, the total fertility rate is calculated to be only 1.88 children per woman in the States. New York city and Los Angeles are the two most populated cities of the world, with New York having a population density of nearly 11000/ Prostestants and Roman Catholics are the major religious groups in the country.  As of 2006, the median household income in the United States was calculated to be $46,326. However, the unemployment rate is 7% in the country. Despite considered to have the greatest power among all nations,  14.8% of the total population lies below the poverty line, as of 2013. As of 2008, the United States has a per capita personal income of $23000.

2. India

[button size=”large”]Population :  1,210,193,422 [/button]

India- highest populated country in the worldThe giant South-Asian nation, well-known for the cultural and historical riches, contributes for 17.3% of the world population alone. This giant bosom of diverse cultures and tradition has a total area of 3166414 With a 74% literacy rate, India is a nation, developing fiercely, with an increased participation in the commercial market in the past decade. India, also one of the few nations with a high Hindu populations, is composed of 80% of Hindus and 13% of Muslims. India is a nation with a long history of suppression, struggle and independence. Mahatma Gandhi, who is respected around the globe for his successful efforts for non-violent independence in India, is a father figure of the nation today, and for almost an eternity in the country.

1. China

[button size=”large”]Population :  1,354,040,000[/button]

China- highest populated countries in the worldThe most-populated nation of the world, China, is the home to almost 20% of the world population. The nation, which has been considered as the king of the commercial market, is also a home to 100 unique wild species of the world. Declared as a republic on January 1, 1912, China has today made a progress, that, people would never have imagined of in the 70s and 80s. The Chinese revolution that took place between 1945 and 1952, eventually declared China as People’s Republic of China. An area of 9,706,961 km2 in China, has the highest number of Buddhists in the whole world, alongside a considerable number of Taoists. As a consequence of having 20% of the world population, Chinese language(Mandarin) is the most spoken language in the world. As of 2010, 95.1% of the people in China are literate(can read and write). China has a PCI of $3348, as of 2013. China is looked upon, today, as the industrial king of the Modern Era.

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‘Population’, since the early development of the homo-sapiens, has been proved to be an ever-changing factor. As dynamic as time, population has never remained even near to constant. Many factors, ranging from political, natural to cultural have their effects on the increase or decrease the population. This has a direct effect on the environment and thus, the health and living of people. Keeping in mind, the adverse effects population growth has had in human life on earth, a lot of efforts have been put to control and minimize the growth of population.

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