Western Countries 2020

The Western world, also known as the Occident or the West, has been shaped by several different 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 Western part of the world is from 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 that were 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 being against communism.

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

Western Countries 2020

Rank Country Population 2020
1United States331,002,651
2Brazil212,559,417
3Mexico128,932,753
4Germany83,783,942
5United Kingdom67,886,011
6France65,273,511
7Italy60,461,826
8Colombia50,882,891
9Spain46,754,778
10Argentina45,195,774
11Poland37,846,611
12Canada37,742,154
13Peru32,971,854
14Venezuela28,435,940
15Australia25,499,884
16Chile19,116,201
17Guatemala17,915,568
18Ecuador17,643,054
19Netherlands17,134,872
20Bolivia11,673,021
21Belgium11,589,623
22Haiti11,402,528
23Cuba11,326,616
24Dominican Republic10,847,910
25Czech Republic10,708,981
26Portugal10,196,709
27Sweden10,099,265
28Honduras9,904,607
29Hungary9,660,351
30Austria9,006,398
31Switzerland8,654,622
32Paraguay7,132,538
33Nicaragua6,624,554
34El Salvador6,486,205
35Denmark5,792,202
36Finland5,540,720
37Slovakia5,459,642
38Norway5,421,241
39Costa Rica5,094,118
40Ireland4,937,786
41New Zealand4,822,233
42Panama4,314,767
43Croatia4,105,267
44Uruguay3,473,730
45Jamaica2,961,167
46Lithuania2,722,289
47Slovenia2,078,938
48Latvia1,886,198
49Trinidad And Tobago1,399,488
50Estonia1,326,535
51Luxembourg625,978
52Suriname586,632
53Malta441,543
54Belize397,628
55Bahamas393,244
56Iceland341,243
57Barbados287,375
58Saint Lucia183,627
59Grenada112,523
60Saint Vincent And The Grenadines110,940
61Antigua And Barbuda97,929
62Andorra77,265
63Dominica71,986
64Saint Kitts And Nevis53,199
65Monaco39,242
66Liechtenstein38,128
67San Marino33,931
68Vatican City801