List of South American countries by population

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

Table[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  Brazil 204,519,000 49.36 0.86 1,750,000 81 206,525,000 September 27, 2016 Official population clock
2  Colombia 48,549,000 11.64 1.16 555,000 60 48,872,000 September 27, 2016 Official population clock
3  Argentina 43,132,000 10.41 1.09 463,000 64 43,590,368 July 1, 2016 Official estimate
4  Peru 31,153,000 7.52 1.10 338,000 64 31,488,625 June 30, 2016 Official estimate
5  Venezuela 30,620,000 7.39 1.37 414,000 51 31,028,637 2016 Official estimate
6  Chile 18,006,000 4.35 1.05 187,000 66 18,191,884 2016 Official estimate
7  Ecuador 16,279,000 3.93 1.57 252,000 44 16,598,300 September 27, 2016 Official population clock
8  Bolivia 10,520,000 2.54 1.73 179,000 40 10,985,059 2016 Official estimate
9  Paraguay 7,003,000 1.69 1.58 109,000 44 6,854,536 2016 Official estimate
10  Uruguay 3,310,000 0.80 0.18 6,000 382 3,480,222 June 30, 2016 Official estimate
11  Guyana 747,000 0.18 0.00 0 - 747,884 September 15, 2012 Preliminary 2012 census result
12  Suriname 560,000 0.14 1.08 6,000 64 541,638 August 13, 2012 Final 2012 census result
13  French Guiana 262,000 0.06 2.75 7,000 26 239,648 January 1, 2012 Official estimate
14  Falkland Islands (UK)[5] 3,000 0.00 0.00 0 - 2,563 April 15, 2012 Final 2012 census result
Total 414,663,000 100.00 1.04 4,266,000 67




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South American population by country (top 8).

  Brazil (49.36%)
  Colombia (11.64%)
  Argentina (10.41%)
  Peru (7.52%)
  Venezuela (7.39%)
  Chile (4.35%)
  Ecuador (3.93%)
  Bolivia (2.54%)
  Other (2.86%)

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/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. ^ Islands claimed by Argentina. Possessed by the British from 5 January 1833, it was briefly captured by the Argentinian forces during the Falklands War (April 2-June 14, 1982)