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Five Most Populated Countries by Hemisphere

Which countries have the most people in each "quarter" of the map?
Population as of March 2024. More info here.
Countries in yellow are in multiple hemispheres. Population has been adjusted accordingly. Warning: Extremely rough estimates.
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Northeast
1,438 mil
India
1,434 mil
China
244 mil
Pakistan
228 mil
Nigeria
174 mil
Bangladesh
Northwest
345 mil
United States
129 mil
Mexico
52 mil
Colombia
50 mil
United Kingdom
40 mil
Spain
Southeast
250 mil
Indonesia
69 mil
Tanzania
65 mil
D.R. Congo
61 mil
South Africa
50 mil
Kenya
Southwest
210 mil
Brazil
45 mil
Argentina
32 mil
Peru
19 mil
Chile
17 mil
Ecuador
68 Comments
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Level 55
Mar 6, 2017
Great idea!
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Level 65
Mar 6, 2017
Thanks!
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Level 77
Sep 4, 2017
What about Colombia? 48-49million people for the northwest? I don't think 10 million live south of the equator or do they?
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Level 90
Sep 4, 2017
Based on this image I would say you're right:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mapa_de_Colombia_(poblaci%C3%B3n_por_departamentos_2012).svg

They should top Canada, probably Spain too.

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Level 73
Sep 4, 2017
Yes, I noticed that too. Actually, more than 95% of the population live north of the equator. It's mostly rainforest down there.
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Level 32
Nov 27, 2017
and most of the land is there too...
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Level 29
Jan 10, 2023
and desert, i live in ohio.
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Level 75
Sep 5, 2017
If those in Colombia all would all live below the equator, they would make the Southwest quadrant :). So either way, missing.
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Level 63
Sep 5, 2017
Yes, not seeing Colombia was extremely confusing.
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Level ∞
Sep 5, 2017
This has been fixed, thanks!
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Level 76
Sep 5, 2017
Colombia has 49.06 million, and virtually all of these will live north of the equator.
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Level 76
Sep 5, 2017
Angola has 29.78 million (according to Wikipedia in 2017), which may well displace Kenya from 5th place. It depends on how you estimated the "30 million" number for Kenyans living south of the equator.
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Level ∞
Sep 5, 2017
I took a look at the population density map of Kenya. I think 30 million was an underestimate. 40 million seems closer. The area south of the equator is much more heavily populated.
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Level 71
Feb 27, 2020
According to Worldometers, the entire population of Kenya is just over 53 million... which means that almost 100% of Kenya's population lives in the southern hemisphere even though there's a sizable chunk of the country in the Northern Hemisphere.
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Level ∞
Mar 20, 2024
Yes. I am estimating that 90% lives in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Level 66
Oct 11, 2017
I made this quiz a while back but used Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern. There were some repeats, but I think this way is better!
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Level 65
Oct 12, 2017
That's cool, whats the link? And thanks :)
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Level 66
Oct 27, 2017
Look at Russia.

Now look at Bangladesh.

Now look at Russia.

Now look at Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has more people.

It must be like being in a crowded bar, all of the time.

Now look at Russia.

Now look at Bangladesh.

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Level 90
Nov 27, 2017
You could fit, like, 50 Bangladeshes into all of Russia.
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Level 43
Nov 27, 2017
Or over a hundred?
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Level 49
Nov 27, 2017
115
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Level 79
Feb 27, 2020
Bangladesh has an area of 57,320 sq miles (148,460 km²), while Russia has an area of 6.60 million sq miles (17.10 million km²). Russia ÷ Bangladesh = around 115.
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Level 90
Feb 27, 2020
Yeah I severely underestimated how big Russia is compared to Bangladesh. I was probably just tired that day.
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Level 66
Feb 27, 2020
And if to multiply the population of Bangladesh, 164 million people by 115 times, Russia would have the population of 18 billion 860 million people
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Level 79
Aug 30, 2023
that's terrifying
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Level 37
Mar 5, 2024
Bangledesh would take over the world.
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Level 71
May 29, 2024
As someone who has been to Bangladesh... people exaggerate this a lot. Dhaka is very crowded for sure but the population density in other parts of the country isn't that crazy. There's a lot of people but there's also tons and tons of farmlands as well as jungles, rivers, beaches.. then there are parts of the country like the Sundarbans where you won't see a lot of people. And there are parts of other countries with similar population densities. I mean, have you seen the population distribution of Egypt? And India, China, and Indonesia all have states/regions of similar population density. The difference between Bangladesh and Russia is that in Russia something like 20% of the country is habitable whereas Bangladesh it's like 90%. It's not as much of an anomaly as people seem to think.
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Level 70
Nov 27, 2017
Neat quiz, if you like geographical quizzes try my latest Geography Three ..........here it is
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Level 82
Nov 27, 2017
If each answer only includes people living in that hemisphere... then it would be a lot more clear if only the portion of the country contained within that hemisphere turned green. For instance when you guess Brazil, the portion below the equator should turn green while the portion above remains yellow. This way you don't think that you got one right for the NW quadrant when you haven't.
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Level 80
Jul 29, 2022
Yes, I agree! I was getting confused and going back and forth the whole time trying to count how many I had.
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Level 66
Nov 27, 2017
That is not what hemisphere means. Northern or southern, eastern or western. When you divide it into four, hemisphere is not a correct word. Quadrant would be a more correct word in this case.
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Level 86
Nov 27, 2017
How about hemidemisphere?
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Level 66
Nov 27, 2017
Is that even a word?
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Level 43
Nov 27, 2017
It is if we want it to be. All we have to do is slowly slip it into conversations until it gradually becomes an accepted word.
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Level 66
Nov 28, 2017
I don't think I do.
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Level 44
Mar 15, 2018
thats not true common usage is only in crappy dictionaries, not the OED, which is the one that I trust the most.
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Level 73
Feb 27, 2020
PacoGee A language is a living thing that changes over time, there are words in the OED that didn't exist when it was created as well. Any dictionary that doesn't recognize that languages change over time is a crappy dictionary
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Level 79
Feb 27, 2020
A 'hemidemisemiquaver' is the British term for a 'sixty-fourth note' in music.
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Level 81
Sep 9, 2020
I agree. Nice quiz though.
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Level 86
Nov 27, 2017
Pretty cool quiz. Definitely some answers that I wouldn't have gotten without having the lines drawn on the map (and I would have felt pretty stupid for not remembering that the Prime Meridian runs through England).
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Level 28
Dec 3, 2017
Try the Five Least Populated Countries by Hemisphere quiz here
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Level 77
Feb 5, 2020
I think that maybe Ecuador (16.5 mil) should replace Bolivia (11 mil). I don't think that more than 5.5 million people live in Ecuadorian northern hemisphere part.
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Level 66
Feb 27, 2020
Great idea. Thank you. And the time allowed is right, otherwise too easy.
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Level 60
Feb 27, 2020
Why isnt France counted in the Northwest Hemisphere?

It has 66 million inhabitants, and is in the Northwest Hemisphere, so it should be third, in front of the UK.

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Level 79
Feb 27, 2020
It only counts the population that lives in each hemisphere, not the whole country.
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Level 70
May 31, 2024
Finally France is counted "normally" for once. After so many quizzes on jetpunk one gets slowly indoctrined South-America -> France, you would almost forget it is in Europe!
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Level 79
Feb 27, 2020
I like the fact that you only count the population of each country within each hemisphere. Very interesting.
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Level 66
Feb 27, 2020
There are ten countries in the NE that show up as correct answers (for some quadrant), seven countries in the NW, six countries in the SW, and five in the SE. I don't doubt QM's math, but it sure is confusing to do this quiz using the map.
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Level 69
Feb 27, 2020
With 4 seconds left!
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Level 56
Feb 29, 2020
100% first try!
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Level 45
Feb 29, 2020
Nice idea, but the name of this quiz is confusing. If we consider hemispheres, China is the most populated in both northern and eastern hemispheres. So the name should be more like "quarters" or "quadrants". Also, as someone already mentioned, it would be nice if only a part of a country would turn green upon typing correct answer.
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Level 53
Mar 5, 2020
19/20. Dang Pakistan threw me off. Great quiz though.
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Level 71
Nov 6, 2020
Much trickier than you think after you start to play it!
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Level 68
Jun 22, 2021
Missed Nigeria and DRC
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Level 78
Oct 28, 2021
Sounds easy, but I definitely needed the map and most of the time!
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Level 53
Mar 25, 2022
brazil is inside north west too
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Level 53
Mar 25, 2022
spain aint have more people than france. France should be in northwest too
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Level 70
May 31, 2024
There is only a tiny bit of France in the western hemisphere, so Spain eh.. are(?) have more people in that quadrant
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Level 53
Mar 25, 2022
and DRC has about 100 mil
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Level 57
Mar 28, 2023
Yeah I sure as hell know that the part of DRC south of the equator has at least 65 million
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Level 53
Mar 25, 2022
tanzania has like 70 mil
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Level 61
Feb 17, 2023
18/20, I missed Nigeria & Bangladesh, despite knowing their populations. The time limit puts me off, it rushes me too much.
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Level 59
Sep 6, 2023
DR Congo has way more than 50 million people. It's actually about 96 at the moment.
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Level ∞
Mar 20, 2024
I am estimating that 60% lives south of the equator.
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Level 53
Feb 4, 2024
This puts just how big the Pacific Ocean is into context. Without the lines, I would have failed miserably
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Level 44
May 29, 2024
20/20 with one second left :3
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Level 66
May 29, 2024
The description says “Countries in yellow are in multiple continents.” I think it's supposed to be “multiple hemispheres” instead.
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Level 28
May 30, 2024
Almost ran out of time with Northwest as I hadn't taken into account that part of Europe is in the Northwestern hemisphere.