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Most Underpopulated Countries

What countries are the most "underpopulated" based on how many people they would have to add before their population density was the same as the global average?
This quiz does not suggest that these countries could actually bear the higher population
Population from Worldometers, August 2022
Not including external territories such as Greenland
Quiz by cuotak
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Last updated: August 20, 2022
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First submittedAugust 20, 2022
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People
Country
873 mil
Russia
557 mil
Canada
432 mil
Australia
292 mil
Brazil
233 mil
United States
143 mil
Kazakhstan
120 mil
Argentina
People
Country
97.8 mil
Libya
96.5 mil
Algeria
92.2 mil
Saudi Arabia
89.9 mil
Mongolia
66.4 mil
Sudan
59.1 mil
Chad
56.5 mil
Mauritania
People
Country
53.5 mil
Bolivia
52.5 mil
Mali
49.5 mil
Niger
46.6 mil
Namibia
44.5 mil
D. R. Congo
42.7 mil
Peru
28 Comments
+9
Level 79
Aug 20, 2022
I assume overseas territories are excluded? Otherwise Denmark would be a shoe in.
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Level ∞
Aug 20, 2022
Yes, added a caveat.
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Level 78
Aug 20, 2022
Ridiculous quiz, as it makes no attempt to consider sustainable carrying capacity. Please just dump this one, and its complement, for good.
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Level 72
Aug 20, 2022
It's a quiz about population density. It's purpose is to test the knowledge of the quiztakers. (Just like every quiz on this website) Nobody makes the argument that this should happen in real life.
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Level 78
Aug 21, 2022
Of course, and a better approach, as has been done.
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Level 77
Aug 21, 2022
You’re just getting caught up by the name by taking it too literally. If the quiz were named “Countries that are Farthest Below the World Average for Population Density by Headcount”, then I’m sure you’d be fine with the quiz. Kinda wordy though; this title is better. Also, getting a featured quiz is really cool so don’t get all pedantic on a user quiz! :)
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Level 78
Nov 25, 2022
Who is even asking you, is what I want to know. This quiz is a very cool thought exercise, and it's pretty pointless to try to apply it to real life as though the quiz writer were threatening us with this being our reality.
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Level 76
Jan 5, 2023
Why should it make such attempt? Ridiculous statement.
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Level 70
Jun 3, 2023
Lol that ratio
+1
Level 74
Jul 20, 2023
Learn to separate observations/hypotheticals from prescriptive and normative statements.
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Level 85
Aug 20, 2022
Forgot Australia! #facepalm
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Level 68
Aug 31, 2022
Let's all hope that never happens!
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Level 90
Sep 12, 2022
Much of Earth's land mass is inhospitable to humans anyway, so I'm pretty sure we have nothing to worry about.
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Level 76
Sep 12, 2022
I still don't understand this website's constant exclusion of Greenland as part of Denmark, but also not considering it for its own country either. It means a quite large landmass goes completely disregarded. And its small population would make it all the more important for a quiz like this one
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Level 50
Sep 12, 2022
I think Greenlandic people get used to being excluded from data like Kiwis get used to being excluded from maps.
+7
Level 67
Sep 12, 2022
imagine Canada having 600 million people...
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Level 71
Sep 12, 2022
Just wondering, based on these metrics, what would be the "perfect" country for population? Like, what country's population density is closest to the world average?
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Level 59
Sep 12, 2022
The average population density is 61/km², so Afghanistan, which has the same population density, would have the most average density.
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Level 35
Sep 14, 2022
I guessed afghanistan in the quiz unknowingly.

Obviously it wasnt there.

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Level 37
Sep 14, 2022
same :(
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Level 63
Sep 12, 2022
Cool quiz. I expect we will get the opposite version soon?
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Level 50
Sep 13, 2022
Countries with a land that it’s climate is not suitable for humans is definitely under populated if it had the same population density as the world average
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Level 71
Sep 13, 2022
Weird that India isn't here.
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Level 28
Sep 15, 2022
india is one of the densest countries in the world, what?
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Level 82
Sep 19, 2022
Note to Russia: best way to combat depopulation would probably be to not invade large, sovereign, well-armed, independent nations on your borders without any coherent plan, strategy, or preparation. Could save you 50-100k young men in just a couple of years. And not make you an international pariah as a bonus.
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Level 76
Jan 5, 2023
Forcing your political views out of nowhere in a completely unrelated quiz? You sure are desperate for attention.
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Level 57
Oct 29, 2022
USA, Canada, and Australia as well as all the sub-Saharan African ones could support more due to their carrying capacity.
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Level 53
Mar 28, 2024
How...how the hell did I miss Russia????? Am I stupid?