Total Population by Country 2023

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Not surprisingly, the largest countries in the world in terms of population are China and India, with both countries now having populations of well over a billion. The United States comes in third with just under 325 million residents. The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), generally regarded as the four major emerging economies expected to dominate in the 21st century, are all in the top ten most populous countries, indicating how important the sheer size of their populations are to their economic expansion.

However, a number of countries considered by the International Monetary Fund to be developing countries (that is, having not achieved a high degree of industrialization relative to their populations, and where the population typically has a medium to low standard of living) also have sizeable populations, including Nigeria (over 190 million), Bangladesh (almost 165 million) and Mexico (around 129 million), demonstrating that the issues affecting developing nations span multiple continents.

It is notable that a number of the largest economies in the world have smaller populations, particularly in Europe. The United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Italy are all among the top ten largest economies and all have populations of under 100 million. Their numbers range from 82 million (Germany) to just under 60 million (Italy).

Furthermore, several extremely small countries, such as Monaco, Luxembourg, and the Cayman Islands - all with fewer than a million residents - play a much larger role in the financial world than their population numbers would suggest. In contrast, Canada, which is also a major economic player and one of the largest countries in the world by landmass, has a relatively small population for its size, with around 36.5 million residents.

Total Population by Country 2023

Culture263Articles about shared celebrations, languages and customs
Economics133Articles about economic activity, including trade, finance, and development
Population110Articles about the demographic characteristics of a country, including size, composition, and distribution of its inhabitants
Politics107Articles about the governance of a country or organization, including decision-making, policy formulation, and implementation
Health89Articles about public health, healthcare systems, and disease prevention and treatment
Geography75Articles about the physical features and environmental characteristics of a country or region
Agriculture/Production64Articles about the production of food and other goods, including farming, fishing, and manufacturing
Law59Articles about legal systems, including civil and criminal law, international law, and human rights
Tech/Business49Articles about the technology and business environment of a country, including innovation, entrepreneurship, and competitiveness
Crime/Safety36Articles about crime rates, law enforcement, and public safety
History33Articles about the past events and developments of a country or region
Travel25Articles about the ease, safety, and attractiveness of visiting a country for tourism or other purposes
Infrastructure24Articles about the transportation, communication, and energy systems of a country or region
Flags22Articles about the flags and national symbols of a country
Military21Articles about the military forces and defense policies of a country or region
Education12Articles about the education system of a country, including primary, secondary, and higher education
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  1. World Population Prospects (2022 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.