List of Asian countries by population

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This is a list of Asian countries and dependent territories by population, which is sorted by the mid-year normalized demographic projections. Russia is excluded, although some 40 million Russians live east of the Ural Mountains (that is, in Asia).

Table[edit]

Rank Country
(or dependent territory)
July 1, 2013
projection[1]
 % of
pop.
Average
relative
annual
growth
(%)[2]
Average
absolute
annual
growth
[3]
Estimated
doubling
time
(Years)[4]
Alternative
figure
Date Source
1  China 1,357,379,000 31.69 0.50 6,688,000 140 1,354,040,000 December 31, 2012 Official estimate
2  India 1,257,476,000 29.36 1.64 20,290,000 43 1,210,569,573 March 1, 2011 Final 2011 census result
3  Indonesia 248,731,000 5.81 1.45 3,553,000 48 237,641,326 May 2010 2010 census result
4  Pakistan 183,936,000 4.29 2.05 3,696,000 34 186,228,000 April 19, 2014 Official population clock
5  Bangladesh 154,514,000 3.61 1.37 2,081,000 51 152,518,015 July 16, 2012 Official estimate
6  Japan 127,350,000 2.97 -0.15 -192,000 - 127,120,000 March 1, 2014 Monthly official estimate
7  Philippines 98,000,005 2.30 1.90 1,825,000 37 99,410,000 April 19, 2014 Official population clock
8  Vietnam 89,702,000 2.09 1.04 922,000 67 88,780,000 2012 Official estimate
9  Iran 76,789,000 1.79 1.29 976,000 54 77,448,000 April 19, 2014 Official population clock
10  Thailand 67,357,000 1.57 0.76 508,000 92 65,926,261 September 1, 2010 2010 census result
11  Burma 62,342,000 1.46 1.90 1,160,000 37 61,566,853 2013 2013 World Gazetteer projection
12  South Korea 50,394,000 1.18 0.78 390,000 89 50,219,669 July 1, 2013 Official estimate
13  Iraq 35,404,000 0.83 3.06 1,051,000 23 33,330,000 2011 Official estimate
14  Malaysia 30,476,000 0.71 2.47 734,000 28 30,161,000 April 19, 2014 Official population clock
15  Uzbekistan 30,214,000 0.71 1.48 442,000 47 30,183,400 July 1, 2013 Official estimate
16  Saudi Arabia 30,193,000 0.70 3.41 997,000 21 29,994,272 July 1, 2013 Official estimate
17    Nepal 27,224,000 0.64 1.35 363,000 52 26,494,504 June 22, 2011 Final 2011 census result
18  Afghanistan 25,758,000 0.60 2.05 517,000 34 25,500,100 January 1, 2013 Official estimate
19  North Korea 25,313,000 0.59 1.08 271,000 64 24,052,231 October 1, 2008 Final 2008 census result
20  Yemen 25,252,000 0.59 2.96 725,000 24 24,527,000 2012 Official estimate
21  Taiwan[5] 23,344,000 0.55 0.36 84,000 192 23,373,517 December 31, 2013 Monthly official estimate
22  Syria 22,169,000 0.52 2.45 531,000 29 21,377,000 December 31, 2011 Official estimate
23  Sri Lanka 20,462,000 0.48 0.71 144,000 98 20,277,597 March 21, 2012 Preliminary 2012 census result
24  Kazakhstan 17,030,000 0.40 1.43 240,000 49 17,165,000 January 1, 2014 Monthly official estimate
25  Cambodia 14,572,000 0.34 1.59 228,000 44 13,395,682 March 3, 2008 Final 2008 census result
26  United Arab Emirates 8,659,000 0.20 1.56 133,000 45 8,264,070 2010 Official estimate
27  Israel 8,047,000 0.19 1.87 150,000 38 8,175,560 April 19, 2014 Monthly official estimate
28  Tajikistan 8,044,000 0.19 2.24 176,000 31 8,104,000 October 1, 2013 Official estimate
29  Hong Kong (China)[6] 7,193,000 0.17 0.53 38,000 131 7,184,000 July 1, 2013 Official estimate
30  Laos 6,581,000 0.15 1.90 123,000 37 6,580,800 2013 Official estimate
31  Jordan 6,517,000 0.15 2.84 180,000 25 6,569,900 April 19, 2014 Official population clock
32  Kyrgyzstan 5,717,000 0.13 1.96 110,000 36 5,551,900 2012 Official estimate
33  Turkmenistan 5,463,000 0.13 1.81 97,000 39 7,864,643 2013 2013 World Gazetteer projection
34  Singapore 5,437,000 0.13 2.35 125,000 30 5,310,000 July 1, 2012 Official estimate
35  Palestine 4,421,000 0.10 2.91 125,000 24 4,420,549 2013 Official estimate
36  Lebanon 4,127,000 0.10 1.58 64,000 44 3,759,100 2007 Official estimate
37  Oman 3,942,000 0.09 8.80 319,000 8 3,831,553 February 28, 2013 Monthly official estimate
38  Kuwait 3,852,000 0.09 2.94 110,000 24 3,065,850 July 1, 2011 Official estimate
39  Mongolia 2,859,000 0.07 1.42 40,000 49 2,754,685 November 11, 2010 2010 census result
40  Qatar 1,917,000 0.04 3.85 71,000 18 1,916,426 June 30, 2013 Monthly official estimate
41  Bahrain 1,546,000 0.04 7.36 106,000 10 1,234,571 April 27, 2010 Final 2010 census result
42  Bhutan 728,000 0.02 0.97 7,000 72 746,390 April 19, 2014 Official population clock
43  Macau (China)[7] 593,000 0.01 3.85 22,000 18 582,000 December 31, 2012 Official estimate
44  Brunei 407,000 0.01 1.75 7,000 40 393,162 June 20, 2011 Preliminary 2011 census result
45  Maldives 331,000 0.01 1.53 5,000 46 317,280 2010 Official estimate
Total 4,282,816,000 100.00 1.21 51,307,000 58

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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: projection2013/projection2012x100-100.
  3. ^ It corresponds to the calculation: projection2013*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 island of Taiwan or the so-called Republic of China (ROC), which has been de facto independent from 1949 and is a partially recognized state, is claimed by the Communist People's Republic of China (PRC) to be one of its provinces.
  6. ^ Special Administrative Region (SAR)Former British colony, it definitely reverted to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.
  7. ^ Special Administrative Region (SAR)Former portuguese colony, it reverted to Chinese sovereignty on December 20, 1999.