A country with a very large population has the advantage of great labor force or manpower and military force. On the other hand, a country with huge population could suffer from problems brought about by extremely high population such as unemployment, food shortage, health issues and many others
1.) China – 1.3 B
People’s Republic of China or PROC is the world’s most populous country with 1,337,320,000 people as of 2010 which is equivalent to 19.61% of the world’s total population.
2.) India – 1.1 B
Although India is only ranked number 7 as the world’s largest country in terms of area it is the 2nd most populous country in the world with 1,180,420,000 people as of 2010. This figure is 17.31% of the total population of the world.
3. United States – 309.2 M
The United States of America is the 3rd largest country and at the same time the world’s 3rd most populated country. It has a population of 309,199,000 people as of 2010 or 4.53% of the world’s population.
4.) Indonesia – 231.3 M
Indonesia in Southeast Asia is the world’s largest archipelago. With 231,369,500 people, it is the 4th most populated country in the world. This figure is equivalent to 3.39% of the world’s population.
5.) Brazil – 192.8 M
If Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world in terms of land area it is also the 5th most populous country in the world. It has population of 192,879,000 as of 2010 or 2.83% of the population of the world.
6.) Pakistan – 169.4 M
With a population of 169,410,000, Pakistan is the 6th most populated country in the world. This accounts for 2.48% of the world’s total population.
7.) Bangladesh – 162.2 M
Bangladesh, a third world country in South Asia is one of the most populous countries in the world. It has a population of 162,221,000 people of 2.38% of the Earth’s population.
8.) Nigeria – 154.7 M
Nigeria is Africa’s most populated country with a population of 154,729,000 people. This United Nations’ estimate accounts for 2.27% of the world’s total population.
9.) Russia – 141.9 M
Russia is the world’s largest country but it is only ranked number 9 in terms of population. Russia has a population of 141,927,297 people as of 2010 which is equivalent to 2.08% of the population of the world.
10.) Japan – 127.3 M
Japan is the 10th most populous country in the world with 127,390,000 people as of 2010. Japan’s population is 1.87% of the population of the world.
Mexico and the Philippines are ranked 11th and 12th most populated countries, respectively.