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Countries with the Most People Living on Islands

Name the countries which have the greatest number of people who live on islands.
Countries in gold are non-island countries. The population is a lower bound.
The main island of AUSTRALIA is not counted as it is considered a continental landmass
Overseas territories included
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Last updated: August 25, 2023
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People
Country
278 mil
Indonesia
123 mil
Japan
118 mil
Philippines
68.3 mil
United Kingdom
30.4 mil
Madagascar
24.4 mil
India
23.9 mil
Taiwan
People
Country
21.9 mil
Sri Lanka
20.3 mil
China
15.1 mil
United States
11.8 mil
Haiti
11.4 mil
Dominican Republic
11.2 mil
Cuba
10.4 mil
Papua New Guinea
People
Country
7.66 mil
Malaysia
6.48 mil
Italy
6.02 mil
Singapore
5.25 mil
New Zealand
5.06 mil
Ireland
4.35 mil
Canada
41 Comments
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Level 81
Aug 25, 2023
I feel like by coloring the mainland countries, you take away from the quiz a little bit. I think the quiz is easy enough without the colors and is extremely easy with them, so I think they should be removed. Just my two cents though.
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Level 76
Aug 25, 2023
Definitely agreed.
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Level ∞
Aug 25, 2023
We do it to let people know that the population for those countries is estimates.
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Level 65
Sep 12, 2023
Sort of agree, but also I don't think it helps that much to know which are non-island countries.
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Level 61
Aug 25, 2023
According to Wikipedia the population of East Malaysia (which is located on the island Borneo) was 6.8 million as of 2020.
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Level 77
Aug 25, 2023
I was very surprised when Malaysia didn’t work. I know most of the population is on the mainland, but yeah, it looks like Malaysia is over 5 million for sure.
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Level 63
Aug 25, 2023
Yes, Malaysia was one of the first things I thought of.

Here's how it turns out

Territories of East Malaysia:

Sarawak — 2,471,140

Sabah — 3,206,742

Labuan — 86,908

Plus more:

Penang — 1,783,000

Total number is 7,547,790! And this is only these territories

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Level ∞
Aug 26, 2023
Knew I'd miss one! Malaysia has been added.
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Level 77
Aug 25, 2023
I had no idea that India even had islands, much less the most population of any non-island nation living on them. I had no idea that Mumbai was technically on an island.
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Level 59
Aug 25, 2023
Sentinelese:

(I don't know how to say "am I a joke to you" in Sentinelese)

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Level 63
Aug 26, 2023
The whole Andaman and Nicobar archipelagos was offended
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Level 70
Sep 12, 2023
Please don't visit to find out.
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Level 91
Aug 25, 2023
Good choice for the title image.
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Level 79
Aug 29, 2023
Spain is not far behind with 2.2M in the Canaries and 1.1M or so in the Balearics.
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Level 75
Aug 29, 2023
Would Bangladesh make the cut? It's not easy to find the detailed stats, but between Hatiya, Sandwip ( both >400k) and a fair share of Barisal Division, which has 9.1M people (e.g. Bhola alone is already 1.8M), I wouldn't be surprised if more than 5M people live on islands
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Level 65
Sep 12, 2023
Im sorry but everyone in The Bahamas lives on an island every single one of them.This quiz does not make sense.
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Level 67
Sep 12, 2023
This quiz is asking for the top 20 based on population not percentage. Not enough people live in the Bahamas to make it on this quiz.
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Level 28
Sep 12, 2023
this is countries with the MOST people?? so like even though everyone who lives in the bahamas lives on an island they dont have millions of inhabitants and it doesnt make the list.
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Level 61
Sep 12, 2023
Other countries I would guess: France, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Greece, Brazil
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Level 60
Sep 12, 2023
Here you go:

Brazil: 3,766,358

Denmark: 3,220,461

Spain: 3,121,896

Bangladesh: 2,896,554

France: 2,568,540

Tanzania: 2,098,287

Netherlands: 1,316,988 / 1,679,324 with artificial islands

Greece: 1,058,081 / 2,158,152 if counting canal-separated landmasses (Peloponnese) as islands

Sweden: 130,497 / almost 1 million if counting canal-separated landmasses (Södertörn) as islands

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Level 46
Sep 12, 2023
how did I forget PNG, lol.
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Level 43
Sep 12, 2023
Wheres australia thats literally an island
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Level 65
Sep 12, 2023
Read the caveat
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Level 75
Sep 12, 2023
The caveat mentions "the main *island* of AUSTRALIA" - kinda shoots itself in the foot!
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Level 64
Sep 12, 2023
Too bad Tasmania doesn't have enough people to put Australia in the list
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Level 41
Sep 12, 2023
Australia?
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Level 70
Sep 12, 2023
Wonder where Denmark stands, with the population in Zealand (and Greenland also can contribute a bit)
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Level 75
Sep 12, 2023
A vet tiny bit, like 56k.
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Level 48
Sep 12, 2023
The whole population is 6 million. About 2.5 lives in Jutland (the mainland) and about 3.5 million on multiple islands.
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Level 60
Sep 12, 2023
I get an estimate of 3,220,461.
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Level 38
Sep 12, 2023
shouldn't Australia and Malaysia also be added?
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Level ∞
Sep 12, 2023
Malaysia is already on the quiz. Australia doesn't make it because there are way more people living on the "island" of Afroeurasia or America.
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Level 30
Sep 12, 2023
clear
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Level 65
Sep 12, 2023
I was surprised that over 4 million Canadians live on islands. Which islands are those? I know Vancouver Island has a sizable population, but it still has under 1 million people.
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Level 58
Sep 12, 2023
Montreal is on an island as is Laval Quebec. Newfoundland. Prince Edward Island. Cape Breton. And Vancouver Island.
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Level 59
Sep 14, 2023
There are only 'Muricans to keep thinking Australia is a continent by itself
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Level 73
Sep 17, 2023
Of course its a continent - similar size as Europe which is really just a big peninsula off Asia
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Level 49
Sep 15, 2023
Stuck with 3 to go...then remembered the Caribbean!
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Level 54
Sep 24, 2023
I know it’s probably not enough to make the quiz but I wonder how many people live on all the combined Nigerian Islands such as Lagos island, snake island and others.
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Level 43
Dec 15, 2023
australia?
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Level 55
May 4, 2024
• Please read the caveats.