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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 as of 2 July 2023
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Last updated: July 4, 2023
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Density
Country
8,366
Singapore
1,943
Bahrain
1,737
Maldives
1,172
Bangladesh
892
Palestine
661
Taiwan
Density
Country
512
Lebanon
517
South Korea
451
India
442
Israel
391
Philippines
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Level 83
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 56
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 66
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 61
Aug 4, 2023
Tibet - was never part of China until 1959 -- it was a vassal state of the Manchu empire - but the Manchus were Jurchen people who conquered the Chinese, they weren't Chinese.

Xinjiang - again, a vassal state, but one dating from the Ming dynasty. Never a part of China proper.

Manchuria - land of the Jurchens, they conquered China. Not part of China proper

Inner Mongolia - part of Mongolia conquered by the Jurchens.

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Level 68
Dec 8, 2021
Yeah right
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Level 78
Dec 8, 2021
I can't tell if Thobias is serious or just telling a really off-color joke
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Level 73
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 53
Aug 3, 2023
Have you ever been to Tibet and Xinjiang? Have you even met a Uyghur person? I know it is an American website and it is politically right to defame China, but I am just sad to see so many users on this website like you got brainwashed by western media so deeply.
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Level 62
Oct 25, 2023
You don’t really need to go there when you can just watch videos from people going to see “how great China is” and see tenders watching them through windows.
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Level 71
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 58
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 53
Aug 3, 2023
I don't think USA 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 53
Aug 3, 2023
Regions you have mentioned indeed have been a part of China for centuries. Go learn Chinese history first or you can check the Chinese map of Tang Dynasty or Qin Dynasty whatever you name it.
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Level 61
Aug 4, 2023
Tibet has never been part of China prior to 1959. It was a vassal state to the Jurchens - you know, the people who conquered the Chinese.

Manchuria - land of the Jurchens

Mongolia - was part of the Jurchen Manchu empire, not part of China proper

XInjiang - now this dates earlier to the Ming dynasty and was a vassalized khanate, but not part of China proper

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Level 53
Aug 3, 2023
The traditional USA regions along the Mississippi river are also very densely populated. But the modern USA has brought that down by annexing New Mexico, Alaska, Florida, Hawaii and California. Oh I forgot traditional USA does not even exist...
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Level 61
Oct 2, 2023
Most of the places you mentioned were either purchased, (including the Mississippi River) or ceded by other countries as a result of wars. New Mexico and California, Mexican Cession/Texas annexation, Alaska was purchased from the Russians, Florida was a Spanish cession, and Hawaii was the only territory we unjustly annexed.
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Level 56
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 58
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 74
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 79
Jan 5, 2020
There seems to be a word (or two) missing from your comment
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Level 56
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 48
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 82
Dec 3, 2016
#11 and falling.
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Level 53
Dec 4, 2016
I was also very surprised
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Level 59
Dec 3, 2016
I'm from India and I got only 5. Ashamed.
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Level 52
Dec 3, 2016
Was surprised Kuwait didn't make the list.
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Level 48
Dec 5, 2016
I was shocked Qatar, Kuwait and The UAE weren't on the list.
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Level 58
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 82
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 70
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 82
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 60
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 73
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 32
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 65
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 63
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 65
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 82
Aug 12, 2019
JetPunk recognizes countries based on sovereignty not on politics.
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Level 67
Aug 4, 2023
Literally the only reason Palestine isn't recognised on Jetpunk is because of politics.
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Level 55
Jan 5, 2020
put macau on here!
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Level 76
Jan 13, 2020
Macau is not a country, it is owned by China
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Level 49
Jul 8, 2022
澳门 is a part of China and was never an independent nation in the history of its existence. If 澳门 was a country than by golly should Constantinople.
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Level 60
Mar 31, 2020
bangladesh. *facepalm*
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Level 52
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 73
Dec 8, 2021
Probably the latter. At least you're keeping it light...
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Level 71
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 46
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 78
Oct 8, 2021
You can say that again.
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Level 74
Dec 8, 2021
lmao
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Level 73
Dec 8, 2021
Looks like he heard you.
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Level 46
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 75
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 66
Dec 8, 2021
0:01 to spare haha I didnt think about the last country on the list
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Level 67
Aug 4, 2023
Took me forever to think of Maldives but got it
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Level 36
Aug 5, 2023
The Maldives really surprised me!
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Level 41
Nov 12, 2023
you forgot singapore!!!!