Top 10 Most Densely-Populated Countries in Asia

Can you name the 10 Asian countries that have the highest population density?
Density in people per km2
Population according to Worldometers, 2 October 2021
Area according to Wikipedia
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Density
Country
8,217
Singapore
2,320
Bahrain
1,841
Maldives
1,130
Bangladesh
873
Palestine
660
Taiwan
Density
Country
649
Lebanon
512
South Korea
441
India
425
Israel
371
Philippines
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Level 80
Oct 20, 2016
I'm always astonished by India's appearance on these lists. It may be a big country, but its population is unbelievably large.
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Level 53
Jul 9, 2020
The traditional Chinese regions along the Yellow and Yangtze rivers are also very densely populated. But the modern China has brought that down by annexing sparsely populated Tibet, Xinxiang, Manchuria and Inner Mongolia.
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Level 63
Dec 8, 2021
Why do you say "modern China"? Those regions have been a core part of China for hundreds of years. They weren't annexed, they were liberated from Japanese occupiers or feudal slaveowners.
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Level 60
Dec 8, 2021
Yeah right
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Level 65
Dec 8, 2021
I can't tell if Thobias is serious or just telling a really off-color joke
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Level 72
Dec 8, 2021
I doubt the Uyghur people of Xinjiang see themselves as liberated by the Chinese when half of them are being rounded up and thrown in "Reeducation Camps". Probably the Tibetans share similar sentiments.
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Level 68
Dec 8, 2021
Indonesia is even more interesting. Java is absolutely packed with nearly 150 million people, and if it were its own country it would have a higher population density than Bangladesh. However, islands like Borneo and New Guinea are pretty large and sparsely populated, so that brings Indonesia's average population density waaay down.
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Level 48
Dec 8, 2021
@ThobiasEriksson I don't think China will push your social credit score up for a Jetpunk comment but good effort...
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Level 57
Dec 10, 2021
The rhetoric CCP shills use to defend the annexing of Tibet is always hilarious because it directly mirrors the language and reasoning European colonial powers used as justification for their subjugation of foreign peoples. "We saved these downtrodden and suffering people. Destroying their culture is helping them"
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Level 60
Dec 14, 2021
Excuse me? They have not ever been a part of 'traditional China'. Han China is traditional China, and that does not include Manchuria, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, or Tibet. All of these were more recent acquisitions and have always been composed of non-chinese ethnicities. That's like saying India is british because it was traditionally part of the british empire for hundreds of years.
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Level 51
Aug 3, 2020
Yes, pretty mind-boggling. I've been there just once and travelled mostly by train, and couldn't believe how, wherever we went, town or countryside, there were people, people everywhere. And it's a big area as well.
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Level 61
Oct 21, 2016
Really surprised Japan isn't on this list. Guess all those little islands add up to enough space to move them down the list.
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Level ∞
Oct 22, 2016
Japan is at #11 with a density of 336 per square km.
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Level 75
Nov 5, 2016
There are a lot of areas of Japan that are agricultural or mountainous. This is not the image most people of Japan though....
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Level 75
Jan 5, 2020
There seems to be a word (or two) missing from your comment
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Level 51
Aug 3, 2020
Yes, I understand it's a bit like Australia, almost everyone crammed into a small area and big swathes of the country quite sparsely populated.
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Level 47
Oct 8, 2020
A lot of unhabitable mountainous area -- only about 30% of its land can be built upon. But the flat areas are pretty packed.
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Level 83
Dec 3, 2016
#11 and falling.
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Level 54
Dec 4, 2016
I was also very surprised
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Level 61
Dec 3, 2016
I'm from India and I got only 5. Ashamed.
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Level 53
Dec 3, 2016
Was surprised Kuwait didn't make the list.
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Level 43
Dec 5, 2016
I was shocked Qatar, Kuwait and The UAE weren't on the list.
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Level 54
Dec 29, 2016
They are all basically cities surrounded by desert. The cities have large population density, but the deserts very low.
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Level 83
Aug 11, 2019
There are multiple cities in both Qatar and the Emirates, but, yeah, still mostly desert.
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Level 25
Dec 11, 2016
Isn't china densely populated....
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Level 55
Dec 23, 2016
Not *that* densely. Western China is, for the most part, pretty sparsely populated.
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Level 66
Aug 11, 2019
West Bank: 591 (roughly)

Gaza Strip: 5,046

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Level 45
Aug 11, 2019
Palestine is not a country. Get it off the list
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Level 83
Aug 11, 2019
it's filled in so you can see where it would rank if it were included. Why is this an issue for you?
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Level 62
Aug 12, 2019
"State of Palestine, a modern de jure sovereign state in the Middle East recognized by 136 UN members and with non-member observer state status in the United Nations"
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Level 72
Dec 8, 2021
Exactly. It isn't technically a sovereign state but de facto it merits its inclusion in the list. Hence why it's greyed in.
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Level 26
Dec 9, 2021
It IS a soveirgn state. The fact that the UK established it, splitting it terribly with Israel, and then went on to not recognize it is absolutely idiotic. Palestine and Israel are both countries, or at the least, should be treated as such despite limited recognition.
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Level 62
Dec 8, 2021
Don't be so bloody rude. Create your own quiz without it if you are that bothered
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Level 28
Jan 5, 2022
palestine is a country. israel isnt one.
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Level 55
Aug 11, 2019
Got all but Singapore on my first try since I thought I had already tried it. Smh
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Level 63
Aug 12, 2019
Palestine is more of a country than Kosovo because more countries recognize it, but Jetpunk considers Kosovo a country and Palestine not one. Maybe it should rethink.
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Level 83
Aug 12, 2019
JetPunk recognizes countries based on sovereignty not on politics.
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Level 57
Jan 5, 2020
put macau on here!
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Level 71
Jan 13, 2020
Macau is not a country, it is owned by China
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Level 45
Mar 31, 2020
bangladesh. *facepalm*
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Level 53
Jan 27, 2021
Are you facepalming at the fact its insanely high density and population are a poor way to go, due to the fact it will suffer severely from overcrowding, climate change and lack of resources

or are you just facepalming at the fact you missed it?

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Level 72
Dec 8, 2021
Probably the latter. At least you're keeping it light...
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Level 68
Dec 8, 2021
I think I've said this before on this site, but I don't think population density is the best measure of overpopulation. Bangladesh is way more self-sufficient in food production (and other economic factors) than very sparsely populated countries like Niger and the DRC, and has attained a pretty sustainable birth rate. Plus, there are plenty of rich countries that have high population densities, like the Netherlands and Germany. Most of the countries on this list already have strong agricultural systems in place, which is ultimately a boon to development, unlike places like the Sahel and Congo Rainforest where agriculture is difficult.
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Level 50
Jan 29, 2021
The 7th largest country in the world still makes the list... Above Qatar, Kuwait and Brunei, Japan and Sri Lanka. Absolutely wild. I mean.. I knew that the density is about the same as Israel or the Netherlands... But I kind of still can't wrap my head around it. Especially since India has deserts in the West, parts of the Himalaya in the North and sparsely populated areas in the Northeast. This country is just wild.
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Level 73
Oct 8, 2021
You can say that again.
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Level 73
Dec 8, 2021
lmao
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Level 72
Dec 8, 2021
Looks like he heard you.
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Level 50
Jan 29, 2021
The 7th largest country in the world still makes the list... Above Qatar, Kuwait and Brunei, Japan and Sri Lanka. Absolutely wild. I mean.. I knew that the density is about the same as Israel or the Netherlands... But I kind of still can't wrap my head around it. Especially since India has deserts in the West, parts of the Himalaya in the North and sparsely populated areas in the Northeast. This country is just wild.
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Level 72
Dec 8, 2021
Yes, it has those things. And yet the bulk of the country is very fertile, with climates conducive to agricultural production.
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Level 45
Oct 21, 2021
The maldives! Ugh
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Level 64
Dec 8, 2021
0:01 to spare haha I didnt think about the last country on the list