List of Arab countries by population

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This is a list of Arab countries and territories by population, which is sorted by the 2015 mid-year normalized demographic projections.

Present[edit]

Rank Country
(or dependent territory)
July 1, 2015
projection[1]
% of
pop.
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  Egypt 90,046,000 22.73 2.29 1,981,000 31 95,929,000 August 21, 2018 Official population clock
2  Algeria 40,100,000 10.25 2.07 808,000 34 40,400,000 January 1, 2016 Official estimate
3  Sudan 38,435,000 9.87 3.07 1,146,000 23 38,435,252 2015 Official estimate
4  Iraq 36,575,000 9.39 2.90 1,030,000 24 36,575,000 2015 Official estimate
5  Morocco[5] 33,680,000 8.65 1.24 412,000 56 33,337,529 September 1, 2014 Preliminary 2014 census result
6  Saudi Arabia 31,521,000 8.10 2.44 751,000 29 31,521,418 2015 Official estimate
7  Yemen 26,745,000 6.87 2.95 766,000 24 24,527,000 July 1, 2012 Official estimate
8  Syria 23,270,000 5.98 2.45 557,000 29 21,377,000 December 31, 2011 Official estimate
9  Somalia 14,372,000 3.95 1.54 166,000 45 12,316,895 July 29, 2016
10  Tunisia 11,118,000 2.86 1.04 114,000 67 10,982,754 April 23, 2014 Preliminary 2014 census result
11  United Arab Emirates 9,500,000 2.76 2.75 183,000 26 9,500,000 2015 Official Census 2015
12  Jordan 8,933,000 2.29 1.57 138,000 45 9,531,712 November 30, 2015 Official Census 2015
13  Libya 6,278,000 0.54 1.13 70,000 62 5,298,152 April 15, 2006 2006 census result
14  Palestine[6] 4,683,000 1.20 2.92 133,000 24 4,550,368 2014 Official estimate
15  Lebanon 4,288,000 1.10 1.78 75,000 39 4,965,846 December 31, 2013 Official estimate[permanent dead link]
16  Oman 4,181,000 1.07 5.13 204,000 14 4,402,100 August 21, 2018 Official population clock
17  Kuwait 4,161,000 1.07 3.00 121,000 23 4,183,658 June 30, 2015 Official estimate
18  Mauritania 3,632,000 0.93 2.43 86,000 29 3,718,678 2016 Official estimate
19  Qatar 2,113,000 0.54 4.29 87,000 16 2,412,483 October 31, 2015 Monthly official estimate
20  Bahrain 1,781,000 0.46 7.35 122,000 10 1,234,571 April 27, 2010 Final 2010 census result
21  Djibouti 942,000
22  Comoros 795,000
Total 397,148,000

Past and Future[edit]

Rank Country 1950 2000 2050 2100
1  Egypt 21,198,000 65,159,000 137,873,000 200,802,000
2  Algeria 8,893,000 30,639,000 55,445,000 61,060,000
3  Sudan 6,468,000 27,068,000 59,130,000 127,328,000
4  Iraq 5,164,000 23,129,000 76,520,000 163,905,000
5  Morocco[7] 9,344,000 28,114,000 42,027,000 40,888,000
6  Saudi Arabia 3,860,000 21,312,000 46,817,000 47,586,000
7  Yemen 4,778,000 17,236,000 46,081,000 52,244,000
8  Syria 3,496,000 16,515,000 31,226,000 38,098,000
9  Somalia 2,438,000 7,501,000 22,627,000 58,311,000
10  Tunisia 3,518,000 9,508,000 12,181,000 12,494,000
11  United Arab Emirates 72,000 2,458,000 8,019,000 13,389,000
12  Jordan 562,000 4,786,000 11,412,000 14,147,000
13  Libya 962,000 5,025,000 8,971,000 8,144,000
14  Palestine[8] 1,018,000 3,111,000 7,770,000 15,516,000
15  Lebanon 1,365,000 3,835,000 5,622,000 4,741,000
16  Oman 489,000 2,433,000 5,402,000 5,751,000
17  Kuwait 145,000 1,973,000 3,864,000 6,484,000
18  Mauritania 1,006,000 2,501,000 6,537,000 13,059,000
19  Qatar 26,000 640,000 2,559,000 3,170,000
20  Bahrain 115,000 655,000 1,848,000 1,602,000
21  Djibouti 80,000 670,000 1,396,000 1,126,000
22  Comoros 149,000 546,000 1,170,000 2,307,000
Total 75,146,000 274,814,000 594,497,000 892,152,000

Notes[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/projection2014x100-100.
  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. ^ It excludes the population of the disputed territory of the Western Sahara (the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. If it was included, the Moroccan September 2014 census would result in 33,848,242 inhabitants and its mid-2015 demographic projection would give some 34,198,000 inhab.
  6. ^ It comprises the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, separated between each other by Israel.
  7. ^ It excludes the population of the disputed territory of the Western Sahara (the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. If it was included, the Moroccan September 2014 census would result in 33,848,242 inhabitants and its mid-2015 demographic projection would give some 34,198,000 inhab.
  8. ^ It comprises the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, separated between each other by Israel.

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