Population growth (annual %)

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Population growth by country

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A map of the world, with colours to highlight the population growth of each country. Numbers on the legend are percent.

List of all countries

Flag Position Country Number
1 Malta 4.12
2 Niger 3.77
3 Bahrain 3.62
4 Equatorial Guinea 3.41
5 Angola 3.22
6 Democratic Republic of the Congo 3.14
7 Burundi 3.08
8 Mali 2.97
9 Chad 2.96
10 Tanzania 2.94
11 Gambia 2.9
12 Mozambique 2.89
13 Zambia 2.89
14 Somalia 2.87
15 Burkina Faso 2.82
16 Guinea 2.79
17 Senegal 2.71
18 Mauritania 2.7
19 Benin 2.69
20 Malawi 2.65
21 Madagascar 2.64
22 Oman 2.61
23 Cameroon 2.55
24 Ivory Coast 2.54
25 Ethiopia 2.54
26 Nigeria 2.54
27 Rwanda 2.54
28 Congo 2.53
29 Solomon Islands 2.51
30 Syria 2.49
31 Gabon 2.42
32 Guinea-Bissau 2.42
33 Liberia 2.41
34 Togo 2.4
35 Sudan 2.39
36 Vanuatu 2.39
37 Afghanistan 2.3
38 Iraq 2.3
39 Tajikistan 2.3
40 Yemen 2.25
41 Comoros 2.17
42 Ghana 2.13
43 New Zealand 2.09
44 Kyrgyzstan 2.08
45 Sierra Leone 2.07
46 Botswana 2.06
47 Pakistan 1.98
48 Luxembourg 1.96
49 Timor-Leste 1.94
50 Papua New Guinea 1.93
51 Egypt 1.92
52 Uzbekistan 1.92
53 Sao Tome and Principe 1.89
54 Belize 1.85
55 Algeria 1.84
56 Namibia 1.84
57 Nepal 1.83
58 Maldives 1.79
59 Israel 1.78
60 Central African Republic 1.77
61 Qatar 1.72
62 Mongolia 1.63
63 Honduras 1.61
64 Iceland 1.61
65 Panama 1.6
66 Saudi Arabia 1.58
67 Kiribati 1.55
68 Ecuador 1.54
69 Guatemala 1.52
70 Kuwait 1.5
71 Turkmenistan 1.49
72 Djibouti 1.47
73 Laos 1.47
74 Zimbabwe 1.47
75 Peru 1.41
76 Cambodia 1.4
77 Bolivia 1.38
78 Libya 1.38
79 Philippines 1.35
80 Iran 1.29
81 Kazakhstan 1.29
82 Malaysia 1.29
83 South Africa 1.27
84 Australia 1.26
85 Paraguay 1.24
86 Haiti 1.23
87 Ireland 1.22
88 United Arab Emirates 1.22
89 Morocco 1.2
90 Nicaragua 1.2
91 South Sudan 1.18
92 Tuvalu 1.17
93 Tonga 1.14
94 Bhutan 1.11
95 Cabo Verde 1.09
96 Canada 1.09
97 Turkey 1.08
98 Colombia 1.07
99 Indonesia 1.07
100 Mexico 1.06
101 Micronesia 1.06
102 Tunisia 1.05
103 Eswatini 1.04
104 Dominican Republic 1.01
105 Bangladesh 1
106 Jordan 1
107 India 0.99
108 Argentina 0.97
109 Bahamas 0.96
110 Brunei Darussalam 0.96
111 Costa Rica 0.92
112 Suriname 0.9
113 Vietnam 0.9
114 Chile 0.86
115 Azerbaijan 0.85
116 Seychelles 0.85
117 Antigua and Barbuda 0.83
118 Lesotho 0.8
119 Cyprus 0.73
120 Fiji 0.73
121 Sweden 0.72
122 Switzerland 0.72
123 Brazil 0.71
124 Monaco 0.71
125 Marshall Islands 0.68
126 Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.68
127 Myanmar 0.67
128 Samoa 0.67
129 Nauru 0.65
130 Norway 0.59
131 Belgium 0.58
132 United Kingdom 0.57
133 Slovenia 0.56
134 Netherlands 0.55
135 Sri Lanka 0.53
136 El Salvador 0.5
137 Palau 0.5
138 Guyana 0.48
139 Grenada 0.46
140 Saint Lucia 0.46
141 Spain 0.46
142 Jamaica 0.44
143 North Korea 0.44
144 Austria 0.42
145 United States of America (USA) 0.35
146 Uruguay 0.35
147 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0.32
148 Trinidad and Tobago 0.32
149 China 0.31
150 Estonia 0.31
151 Liechtenstein 0.31
152 Denmark 0.29
153 Czechia 0.25
154 Dominica 0.25
155 Thailand 0.25
156 San Marino 0.22
157 France 0.21
158 Armenia 0.19
159 Portugal 0.19
160 Germany 0.18
161 Finland 0.16
162 Andorra 0.15
163 South Korea 0.14
164 Barbados 0.12
165 Slovakia 0.09
166 Lithuania 0.02
167 North Macedonia 0
168 Mauritius 0
169 Poland -0.04
170 Montenegro -0.05
171 Cuba -0.06
172 Greece -0.06
173 Georgia -0.17
174 Belarus -0.2
175 Russia -0.21
176 Hungary -0.22
177 Venezuela -0.28
178 Italy -0.29
179 Singapore -0.31
180 Japan -0.34
181 Lebanon -0.44
182 Romania -0.44
183 Croatia -0.45
184 Serbia -0.53
185 Ukraine -0.57
186 Albania -0.58
187 Bosnia and Herzegovina -0.61
188 Latvia -0.64
189 Bulgaria -0.7
190 Moldova -1.72

Bar chart

World growth by year

World growth by year.

Table

Year Number
1961 1.3
1962 1.72
1963 2.08
1964 2.05
1965 2.06
1966 2.11
1967 2.05
1968 2.06
1969 2.09
1970 2.09
1971 2.13
1972 2.03
1973 1.98
1974 1.93
1975 1.86
1976 1.8
1977 1.75
1978 1.75
1979 1.76
1980 1.75
1981 1.76
1982 1.8
1983 1.78
1984 1.75
1985 1.75
1986 1.77
1987 1.78
1988 1.77
1989 1.74
1990 1.74
1991 1.67
1992 1.57
1993 1.56
1994 1.52
1995 1.51
1996 1.45
1997 1.43
1998 1.39
1999 1.35
2000 1.32
2001 1.3
2002 1.28
2003 1.26
2004 1.25
2005 1.25
2006 1.24
2007 1.24
2008 1.24
2009 1.22
2010 1.2
2011 1.17
2012 1.18
2013 1.18
2014 1.18
2015 1.17
2016 1.16
2017 1.14
2018 1.11
2019 1.07
2020 1.04

Countries with the highest population growth

Top 10 countries by population growth

The growth of humans population

The number of people around the world started to significantly increase in the last several decades. The real boom started after the second world war. The last one hundred years increased the entire population of human species from approximately 2.5 billion to 7.8 billion.

Obviously, such a drastic growth is not visible everywhere. There are several places with a much larger increase in population than others. In order to depict you all, we collected the most recent data from World Bank Data.

Where is the largest population growth?

According to the information from 2019, the biggest annual growth was recorded in Bahrain and it was 4.5%. The second place in the ranking belongs to Niger with 3.8% of the annual increase. Malta closes the podium with a similar value, namely 3.7%.

It is important to notice that most of the nations at the top of these rankings are African countries. Obviously, these are only percentages, because in terms of the raw numbers, China is still the most populated country with the largest amount of births.

What about the smallest population growth?

If there are more deaths than births in a given country or in a selected region, then we are dealing with a negative population growth. Such a phenomenon can be noticed in several nations. The biggest problem seems to be in Moldova, because in 2019 the data suggested there was a -1.8% of annual population growth. Another place with negative population growth is Curacao with -1.4%. The third place is Venezuela that had -1.2% of annual population growth.

What about the situation in the largest countries in the world?

At this point, there are only two countries with a total population that exceed 1 billion, and these are China (1.40) and India (1.37). In these two cases, there is a very minor annual growth in population, because in 2019, it was 1% in India and 0.4% in China. It shows that the largest nations are slowly steadying their population.

The Americans are the third most populous country with 0.3 billion or 330 million people there. their annual population growth is also incredibly low, because it is only 0.5%. Indonesia, which is number four in terms of population, has 1% of its annual growth. Interestingly, 5th Pakistan recorded quite a large annual growth that estimated at 2%.