Western Countries 2021

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The Western world, also known as the Occident or the West, has been shaped by several definitions, some geographic and some formed by other factors. To Europeans, the Western world used to be a literal geographical term, separating Europe from the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, North Africa, and the Far East. This is no longer used as a primary definition since Australia and New Zealand geographically in the East but are Western countries.

The concept of the West is from the Greco-Roman civilization in Europe and the advent of Christianity. The Western world has been influenced by the traditions of the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Age of Enlightenment and was shaped by the colonialism of the 15th-20th centuries. This mass exportation of culture to the rest of the world was known as Westernization.

By the mid-20th century, Western culture was widespread throughout the world with the help of mass media, such as television, film, radio, and music. The term "Western culture" is used broadly to refer to traditions, social norms, religious beliefs, technologies, and political systems. Because the culture is so widespread today, the term "Western world" has a cultural, economic, and political definition.

The cultural definition, known as the Latin West, broadly refers to all of the countries shaped by Western Christianity (Catholic and Protestant churches), have similar cultural and ethical values, and use the Latin alphabet.

The political definition is known as the Cold War West. These countries had democratic, capitalist governments after World War II and were aligned against the USSR. The common defining factor in these countries is against communism. They were referred to as "First World countries".

The third definition is the economic definition, known as the Rich West. This is a narrower definition that includes European-settled countries with GDPs per capita over US$10,000. This does not include many Central and South American countries included in the other definitions but includes former communist countries that were excluded from the political definition.

Western Countries 2021

Rank Country 2021 Population
1United States332,915,073
2Brazil213,993,437
3Mexico130,262,216
4Germany83,900,473
5United Kingdom68,207,116
6France65,426,179
7Italy60,367,477
8Colombia51,265,844
9Spain46,745,216
10Argentina45,605,826
11Canada38,067,903
12Poland37,797,005
13Peru33,359,418
14Venezuela28,704,954
15Australia25,788,215
16Chile19,212,361
17Guatemala18,249,860
18Ecuador17,888,475
19Netherlands17,173,099
20Bolivia11,832,940
21Belgium11,632,326
22Haiti11,541,685
23Cuba11,317,505
24Dominican Republic10,953,703
25Czech Republic10,724,555
26Portugal10,167,925
27Sweden10,160,169
28Honduras10,062,991
29Hungary9,634,164
30Austria9,043,070
31Switzerland8,715,494
32Paraguay7,219,638
33Nicaragua6,702,385
34El Salvador6,518,499
35Denmark5,813,298
36Finland5,548,360
37Norway5,465,630
38Slovakia5,460,721
39Costa Rica5,139,052
40Ireland4,982,907
41New Zealand4,860,643
42Panama4,381,579
43Croatia4,081,651
44Uruguay3,485,151
45Jamaica2,973,463
46Lithuania2,689,862
47Slovenia2,078,724
48Latvia1,866,942
49Trinidad And Tobago1,403,375
50Estonia1,325,185
51Luxembourg634,814
52Suriname591,800
53Malta442,784
54Belize404,914
55Bahamas396,913
56Iceland343,353
57Barbados287,711
58Saint Lucia184,400
59Grenada113,021
60Saint Vincent And The Grenadines111,263
61Antigua And Barbuda98,731
62Andorra77,355
63Dominica72,167
64Saint Kitts And Nevis53,544
65Monaco39,511
66Liechtenstein38,250
67San Marino34,017
68Vatican City800

Western Countries 2021