List of Asian countries by population

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This is a list of Asian countries and dependent territories by population sorted by normalised demographic projections.

Asian countries by population, 2018

Table[edit]

Rank Country
(or dependent territory)
July 1, 2015
projection[1]
% of
Asia's
population
Average
relative
annual
growth
(%)[2]
Average
absolute
annual
growth
[3]
Estimated
doubling
time
(Years)[4]
Official
figure
(where
available)
Date of
last figure
Source
1  China 1,387,160,730 31.35 0.49 6,730,000 141 1,411,778,724 November 1, 2020 Preliminary 2020 census result
2  India 1,323,009,090 29.72 1.64 20,998,000 43 1,382,518,422 September 30, 2021 National Population Clock
3  Indonesia 255,462,000 5.84 1.41 1,605,354 50 271,350,000 December 31, 2020 Official estimate
4  Pakistan 202,785,000 4.39 2.40 3,765,000 35 225,200,000 July 1, 2021 UN Projection
5  Bangladesh 168,200,000 3.617 1.35 2,139,000 51 172,302,000 November 27, 2021 Official population clock
6  Russia[5] 144,031,000 3.19 0.19 278,000 368 146,171,015 January 1, 2021 Annual official estimate
7  Japan 126,891,000 2.81 -0.01 -12,000 - 125,070,000 November 1, 2021 Monthly official estimate
8  Philippines 100,699,395 2.23 1.5 1,500,000 45 109,035,343 May 1, 2021 Official estimate
9  Vietnam 96,208,984 2.03 1.16 1,057,000 60 97,580,000 July 1, 2020 Official estimate
10  Iran 82,000,000 1.74 1.29 1,001,000 54 84,234,000 November 27, 2021 Official population clock
11
 Turkey 78,214,000 1.73 1.34 1,035,000 52 83,614,362 December 31, 2020 Official estimate
12  Thailand 65,926,261 1.51 0.76 517,000 91 67,993,000 July 1, 2019 National Statistical Office
13  Myanmar 51,486,253 1.26 1.22 632,000 57 54,101,253 April 1, 2019 National annual Projection
14  South Korea 50,617,000 1.12 0.38 193,000 181 51,671,569 1 July 2021 Monthly National Estimate
15  Iraq 36,575,000 0.81 2.90 1,030,000 24 41,190,700 July 1, 2021 National Annual Projection
16  Afghanistan 31,523,418 0.70 2.44 751,000 29 37,521,000 2021 Official estimate
17  Uzbekistan 31,283,000 0.69 1.70 523,000 41 35,118,807 September 30, 2021 Official estimate
18  Saudi Arabia 26,849,000 0.59 1.87 494,000 37 35,013,414 July 1, 2020 Official estimate
19  Malaysia 31,032,000 0.69 1.84 561,000 38 34,311,000 November 27, 2021 Official population clock
20  Yemen 26,745,000 0.59 2.95 766,000 24 30,491,000 July 1, 2021 Official estimate
21    Nepal 28,038,000 0.62 1.42 392,000 49 30,378,055 July 1, 2021 Official estimate
22  North Korea 25,180,000 0.57 1.08 277,000 64 25,660,000 July 1, 2021 National Annual Projection
23  Taiwan 23,455,000 0.52 0.35 81,000 200 23,476,640 October 31, 2015 Monthly official estimate
24  Sri Lanka 22,480,000 0.51 0.94 194,000 74 22,480,000 February 19, 2017 Live Population
25  Kazakhstan 18,906,000 0.42 2.45 557,000 29 21,377,000 December 31, 2011 Official estimate
26  Syria 17,541,000 0.39 1.45 250,000 48 18,276,000 July 1 ,2021 Monthly official estimate
27  Cambodia 15,040,000 0.33 1.59 236,000 44 15,552,211 March 3, 2019 2019 census result
28  Jordan 6,837,000 0.15 2.75 183,000 26 11,051,940 October 10, 2021 Official estimate
29  Azerbaijan 9,651,000 0.21 1.23 117,000 57 10,139,196 July 1,2021 Official estimate
30  Tajikistan 8,454,000 0.19 2.35 194,000 30 9,504,000 January 1, 2021 Official estimate
31  United Arab Emirates 8,933,000 0.20 1.57 138,000 45 9,503,738 December 31, 2019 Official estimate
32  Israel 8,372,000 0.19 1.89 155,000 37 9,412,700 October 10, 2021 Monthly official estimate
33  Hong Kong[6] 7,299,000 0.16 0.90 65,000 77 7,500,700 May 29,2020 Official estimate
34  Lebanon 4,288,000 0.09 1.78 75,000 39 6,769,000 July 1,2021 Official estimate[permanent dead link]
34  Kyrgyzstan 6,543,000 0.13 1.64 96,000 43 5,895,100 January 1, 2015 Official estimate
35  Laos 6,202,000 0.15 1.63 109,000 43 6,492,400 March 1, 2015 Preliminary 2015 census result
36  Singapore 5,541,000 0.12 1.30 71,000 54 5,535,000 July 1, 2015 Official estimate
37  Turkmenistan 5,302,000 0.11 1.24 60,000 56 4,751,120 December 26, 2012 2012 census result
38  Palestine[7] 4,683,000 0.10 2.92 133,000 24 4,550,368 2014 Official estimate
39  Oman 4,181,000 0.09 5.13 204,000 14 4,679,100 November 27, 2021 Official population clock
40  Kuwait 4,161,000 0.09 3.00 121,000 23 4,183,658 June 30, 2015 Official estimate
41  Georgia 3,730,000 0.08 0.03 1,000 2,585 3,729,500 January 1, 2015 Official estimate
42  Mongolia 3,029,000 0.08 2.19 65,000 32 3,358,600 November 27, 2021 Official population clock
43  Armenia 3,005,000 0.07 -0.03 -1,000 - 3,004,000 September 30, 2015 Monthly official estimate
44  Qatar 2,113,000 0.05 4.29 87,000 16 2,412,483 October 31, 2015 Monthly official estimate
45  Timor-Leste (East Timor) 1,645,000 0.03 2.72 33,000 26 1,167,242 July 11, 2015 Preliminary 2015 census result
46  Bahrain 1,381,000 0.04 7.35 122,000 10 1,234,571 April 27, 2010 Final 2010 census result
47  Bhutan 760,000 0.02 1.74 13,000 40 853,970 November 27, 2021 Official population clock
48  Macau[8] 641,000 0.01 3.89 24,000 18 643,100 September 2015 Official estimate

49
 Maldives 454,914 0.01 1.47 5,000 47 557,426 January 14, 2021 National Bureau of Statistics
50  Brunei 421,000 0.01 1.69 7,000 41 460,345 July 1, 2020 National Annual Estimate
Total 48 countries 4,525,817,000 100.00 1.16 52,210,000 58

Asian population by country (top 8).

  China (31.35%)
  India (29.72%)
  Indonesia (5.84%)
  Pakistan (4.39%)
  Bangladesh (3.63%)
  Russia (3.19%)
  Japan (2.81%)
  Philippines (2.28%)
  Other (16.79%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Calculated, when available, from the latest national censuses or most recent official estimates (many of which are cited in their respective column), using the exponential formula shown on the List of countries by past and future population article. This is done to normalize the different populations to a unique date, so that they are really comparable.
  2. ^ It corresponds to the following formula: projection2015/proj\ction2014x100-100.
  3. ^ It corresponds to the calculation: projection2015*annual_growth/100.
  4. ^ It corresponds to the formula: LN(2)/LN(growth/100+1), which produces exactly the same result as LOG10(2)/LOG10(growth/100+1).
  5. ^ The mid-2015 demographic projection excludes the disputed territory of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (the so-called Crimean Federal District), although the Russian official estimate includes both of them.
  6. ^ Special Administrative Region (SAR): Former British colony, it definitely reverted to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.
  7. ^ It comprises the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, separated between each other by an Israeli land corridor.
  8. ^ Special Administrative Region (SAR): Former Portuguese colony, it reverted to Chinese sovereignty on December 20, 1999.