Most Populous Modern-Day Countries in 1000 AD

Name the modern-day countries whose current territory had the highest population in the year 1000.
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Last updated: June 3, 2019
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Population
Country
73 m
India
58 m
China
9 m
Bangladesh
7 m
Turkey
6 m
Mexico
6 m
Japan
Population
Country
5 m
France
5 m
Indonesia
4 m
Egypt
4 m
Iran
4 m
Italy
4 m
Nigeria
Population
Country
4 m
Pakistan
4 m
Spain
3 m
Germany
3 m
Peru
3 m
Sudan
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Level 63
Sep 7, 2017
Shouldn't Japan be 7 m? If I got it right you counted the dots on the sources map that each stand for a million People. At first it looks like Japan has 6 but if you zoom in you see 7.
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Level ∞
Jun 3, 2019
Yes, fixed
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2019
It still shows as 6 though in the quiz and answers
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Level 55
Apr 29, 2021
^ yeah
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Level 59
Feb 9, 2018
Didn't expect Bangladesh to be this high. Also surprised to see india and china so far above the pack.
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Level 53
Feb 9, 2018
Hey, you want to have a billion people? Gotta start early.
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Level 42
Oct 13, 2019
Bangladesh is considered the best place on Earth for human settlement, not surprised to it on this list.
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Level 55
Aug 13, 2021
Are you sure about that statistic? It seems a bit odd, considering the regular flooding problem that affects most of the country.
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Level 64
Apr 17, 2022
In terms of arable land and food production, yes. Other aspects I doubt...
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Level 70
Apr 17, 2022
A lot of places that are the best for agriculture also tend to be very flood prone. The same could be said of the Nile and the Yellow River, not to mention many other parts of the India subcontinent.
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Level 64
Feb 9, 2018
A lot of these countries were about to lose a LOT of people. I would like to see this quiz, but around 1400.
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Level 72
Nov 2, 2020
The Black Death hit the world hard in the 1300s which is long time after 1000 ad. All these countries' populations would probably be larger in 1400 than in 1000.
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Level 84
Feb 9, 2018
Wow. Bangladesh's current population seems slightly less insane when you see they were the 3rd largest country in the world 1000 years ago.
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Level 72
Feb 9, 2018
Frig, why on earth do I keep forgetting Spain on these quizzes?
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Level 33
Apr 6, 2019
I was surprised that Russia wasn't on the list.
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Level 27
May 3, 2022
Not many people could live in Russia because it was hard to farm there. In the south and east, the dry steppes resulted in most people being pastoralists. In western Russia, it was a little different, but most agricultural techniques that allowed for heightened food production were slow to arrive.
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Level 61
May 2, 2019
China and India always at a whole nother level than the rest
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Level 71
Jan 9, 2021
How is Sudan on the list but not Egypt or Iraq..? Wasn't the Islamic Golden Age at its height by now?
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Level 70
Mar 31, 2021
Egypt is on here, along with Iran...?
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Level 72
Apr 18, 2022
Yeah, the two biggest population centres for the Islamic Caliphate(s) at the time. I thought Iraq would be here too, but perhaps it's too small? It's estimated that Baghdad alone had around 1m people at the time, but sources vary.
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Level 57
Feb 19, 2021
My brain was like "Should I do Germany?" "Nah"
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Level 25
May 13, 2022
same
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Level 66
Aug 16, 2021
I wonder how the world would be if we had the standard of living of the 21st century but the demography of the year 1000.

Also, I wonder what the world could be in the year 3000. I believe forecasts depend on the race between uncontrolled economic/population growth and the pursuit of (an obviously unreachable level of) sustainable development, and on a second race between nature-palliative technology and natural/human disasters.

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Level 74
Oct 20, 2021
I don't know how they think they know these numbers but guessing my way to a full house gets me to level 72 :)
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Level 58
Apr 17, 2022
Obviously they counted.
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Level 72
Apr 18, 2022
I have the exact same question.
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Level 67
Apr 17, 2022
back when the world was worth living
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Level 37
Apr 17, 2022
boy tf
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Level 31
Apr 17, 2022
Not Syria and Iraq ? How
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Level 58
Apr 17, 2022
The countries are not that large, and much of their area is desertic
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Level 67
Apr 17, 2022
I find it hard to believe that places like Russia, the US and Brazil don’t make these lists because of their sheer size. I get that there’s no reliable data for them, but there isn’t much for any of the countries.
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Level 27
May 3, 2022
In Russia and Brazil, there wasn't very much agriculture or even arable land which drastically reduced the maximum populations of the regions. In the US there was some agriculture, however, it was labor-intensive, which also reduced the maximum amount of food the region could produce.
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Level 15
Apr 17, 2022
Who do you celebrate Easter?

Do you acknowledge the fact that Jesus died to save us, or do you go hunting for eggs in your backyard? God sent His own son Jesus to take our place so that we didn't have to die for our sins, and He was resurrected on the third day. Let us never forget the true meaning of Easter and how it shows God's amazing love for us.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

John 3:16

"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

Matthew 28:6

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Level 72
Apr 18, 2022
This is a place where inquisitive people come to educate themselves on real things like science, geography, and actual human history. You're in the wrong place. You'll find an audience more susceptible to religion on Facebook or Instagram. Good luck!
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Level 64
Apr 18, 2022
How could I forget France?
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Level 30
Apr 18, 2022
I am keeping forget Bangladesh!
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Level 25
May 13, 2022
why did i forgot egypt