List of Middle Eastern countries by population

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The following is a list of countries in the Middle East sorted by projected population.

Table[edit]

Rank Country
(or dependent territory)
2020

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 113,210,388[a] 22.53 1.94 1,981,000 31 96,324,000 February 21, 2024 [1]
2  Turkey 84,339,607[b] 18.63 1.09 909,452 64 83,614,362 December 31, 2020 [2]
3  Iran 89,351,259 18.51 1.30 1,001,000 54 78,584,000 February 21, 2024 [3]
4  Iraq 40,063,400 8.85 2.32 1,030,000 24 40,575,000 2020 [4]
5  Saudi Arabia 34,719,000 7.67 1.59 751,000 29 34,719,418 April 28, 2020 [5]
6  Yemen 29,710,300 6.56 2.28 766,000 24 29,719,300 April 28, 2020 [6]
7  Syria 17,425,600 3.85 2.45 557,000 29 21,377,000 April 28, 2020 [7]
8  Jordan 10,185,500 2.25 1.00 183,000 26 10,248,069 2020

[8]

9  United Arab Emirates 9,869,000 2.18 1.32 83,000 76 9,154,000 April 28, 2020 [9]
10  Israel 8,639,800 1.91 1.60 162,000 37 9,100,000 April 28, 2020 [10]
11  Lebanon 6,830,600 1.51 -0.44 75,000 39 6,830,600 April 28, 2020 [11]
12  Palestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip) 5,148,249 1.14 2.41% 24 4,816,503 2020
13  Oman 5,081,600 1.12 2.65 204,000 14 4,868,400 February 21, 2024 [12]
14  Kuwait 4,259,500 0.94 1.51 121,000 23 4,259,500 April 28, 2020 [13]
15  Qatar 2,113,000 0.47 4.29 87,000 16 2,412,483 October 31, 2015 Monthly official estimate
16  Bahrain 1,690,900 0.37 3.68 122,000 10 1,701,000 April 28, 2020 [14]
Total 452,748,183 100.00 2.01 8,284,000 35 411,788,402

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Most of the population is in Africa's part of Egypt. The rank would be different if only including the Middle East's part of Egypt (Sinai Peninsula).
  2. ^ Since Turkey's population is dominated in Istanbul, the rank would be different if only including the Middle East's part of Turkey.

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: projection2020/projection2019x100-100.
  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+9).

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