The 25 Most Populated Countries Today and Yesterday

The 25 Most Populated Countries Today and Yesterday

most populated countries in the world yesterday and today

I have read an old book that featured the 25 most populated countries all over the world in 1985. Just out of curiosity, I googled the top 25 countries with the highest human population to date. And I discovered that there aren't much difference with regards to the ranking of these countries. There some countries, however, that have switched places, others have stayed at the same rank, while some are no longer seen among the top 25.


THE 25 MOST POPULATED COUNTRIES
COUNTRIES
POPULATION IN 1985
COUNTRIES
POPULATION IN 2016
1.         China
1,059,521,000
1.         China
1,373,541,278
2.         India
758,927,000
2.         India           
1,266,883,598
3.         USSR
278,618,000
3.         United States
323,995,528
4.         United States
238,020,000
4.         Indonesia 
258,316,051
5.         Indonesia
166,440,000
5.         Brazil
205,823,665
6.         Brazil
135,564,000
6.         Pakistan
201,995,540
7.         Japan
120,742,000
7.         Nigeria
186,053,386
8.         Bangladesh
101,147,000
8.         Bangladesh
156,186,882
9.         Pakistan
100,380,000
9.         Russia
142,355,415
10.       Nigeria
95,198,000
10.      Japan
126,702,133
11.      Mexico
78,996,000
11.      Mexico
123,166,749
12.      West Germany
61,700,000
12.      Philippines
102,624,209
13.      Italy
57,300,000
13.      Ethiopia
102,374,044
14.      UK
56,125,000
14.      Vietnam
95,261,021
15.      France
54,621,000
15.      Egypt
94,666,993
16.      Philippines
54,498,000
16.      Iran
82,801,633
17.      Thailand
51,411,000
17.      Congo, Dem. Rep.
81,331,050
18.      Turkey
49,298,000
18.      Germany
80,722,792
19.      Egypt
46,909,000
19.      Turkey
80,274,604
20.      Iran
44,632,000
20.      Thailand
68,200,824
21.      Ethiopia
43,557,000
21.      France
66,836,154
22.      Korea
41,258,000
22.      United Kingdom
64,430,428
23.      Spain
38,542,000
23.      Italy
62,007,540
24.      Poland
37,187,000
24.      Burma
56,890,418
25.      Burma
37,153,000
25.      South Africa
54,300,704


As we can see, China, India, Bangladesh and Mexico have maintained their ranking after 29 years. While these countries, their respective population growths has not doubled in contrast to the prediction of the writer of the article I read.

Nevertheless, the population explosion of these countries is still very significant to consider.

The only country that is no longer ranked among the top 25 is Spain, which goes down to the 28th.

Other countries we can see in the list on the first column have been dissolved, reunified or split. USSR, West Germany and Korea, are examples, respectively.

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