Top 10 Asian Countries by Population Increase

Name the 10 Asian countries which have seen the largest nominal population growth since the year 2000.
By absolute numbers not percentage
According to Worldometers as of 2 October 2021
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Last updated: October 7, 2021
First submittedApril 21, 2017
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Pop. Growth
Country
340 mil
India
157 mil
China
83.9 mil
Pakistan
65.6 mil
Indonesia
39.1 mil
Bangladesh
Pop. Growth
Country
33.5 mil
Philippines
22.2 mil
Turkey
19.7 mil
Iran
19.2 mil
Afghanistan
18.5 mil
Vietnam
+27
Level 68
Apr 21, 2017
While all these numbers are mindblowing, the increase of Iraq's population appears to be unbelievable. How can you at all add +50% in just 15 years, which would correspond to a doubling for each generation? And how can you do so when your country is basically in a war for most of the 15 years?
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Level 77
Apr 21, 2017
I can think of one way...
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Level 72
May 28, 2017
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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Level 36
Oct 7, 2021
Since you just updated this quiz, I like just watching it slowly gain takes Excellent quiz though!
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Level 59
Oct 27, 2021
I would like this comment, but it has 69 likes...
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Level 63
May 28, 2017
I wonder if it's people returning home after the war. Millions must have fled.
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Level 47
May 28, 2017
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-25849945

Basically birth rates are still very high. Despite the war increasing the death rate and migration rate, it also has prevented the country from modernising and families still have double the number of children compared to neighbouring countries.

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Level 41
May 28, 2017
people are just having lots of sex in Iraq..
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Level 33
May 28, 2017
lots of unprotected sex
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Level 50
Jun 4, 2022
Although, I wonder how many dads went to grab those milk and you know what happen next if someone does grab that milk…
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Level 59
Nov 14, 2017
Poorer countries have more children because parents of the children think that the children will protect them when they're older.
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Level ∞
May 11, 2019
Higher birth rates are also correlated with low female empowerment. Women in many countries get to choose how many children they will have. Iraqi women have less choice.
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Level 76
Oct 8, 2021
Also, education. Wherever sex ed is banned, the 'stork' visits quite often.
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Level 55
Oct 27, 2021
And with equal opportunities for employment, women have more options than just childcare.
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Level 63
May 11, 2017
If India had created an India II only with those new people it would still be in the top 5 of countries with the largest population. That's insane.
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Level 64
May 28, 2017
It would be New India! With a capital of New New Delhi!
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Level 63
Sep 25, 2017
Modesty apart, but India should consider the China's one child per couple model. In some years it will pass China by population, and I think it's very worriyng.
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Level 58
Jul 20, 2019
Indian culture prides itself on numerous kids (especially boys). With a very mismanaged government that isn't nearly as authoritative as that of China, enforcing a one-child policy would be difficult. What India needs to do is break the taboo associated with sex and genuinely start talking about protected sex.
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Level 43
Jul 21, 2019
One child policy was a failure. The birth rate in China is lower than replacement rate and in the coming decades China is going to face a decline in population not very different from what Japan is facing right now. As for India, birth rate is 2.3 just little bit away from replacement rate. If you divide that by states, most of the southern states are even below the replacement rate. Excluding some northern states, most states are around the replacement rate.
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Level 55
Jul 1, 2020
The gangetic region in the north is the main reason of booming population of India.
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Level 87
Oct 7, 2021
One child policy was actually more than a failure, it was a disaster. Because of a preference for a boy to carry on the family name and tradition, there are ~30 million surplus boys from that generation. They unsurprisingly have had a hard time finding wives, and there is a corresponding uptick in crime of all kinds. Look into it a bit and you'll realize that these kinds of social experiments inevitably lead to terrible unintended consequences.
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Level 76
Oct 8, 2021
...And think about this: The one child policy actually genuinely touched only around one third of the population. If you're not Han, you can have more kids no problem. If you are rich, you have as many kids as you like (just pay a fine per extra kid). If you seem to live in the countryside and your first kid is a girl, you can have another one. I say seem, because many people played the rules. If you have a kid in Hong Kong or Macau (or anywhere outside China), it's outside the one child policy. If you are able to have a kid without the govt finding out (eg often dumped with countryside relatives who hide the child), you can have more (which led to further problems since if a person does not legally exist, you're free game to all sorts of criminals and no one can help you, because you don't exist, plus you cannot live a normal life eg get formal education, a proper job, legal residence/home, licences of all kinds and so on). And there's more.

PS: Did Asian Studies at the uni + field.

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Level 35
Oct 27, 2021
one child policy wasnt a failure. As there were less children per family you know gave more attention to that one child and be more likely to pay for their education and give an overall better life. Creating these higher quality citizens has made China the superpower it is today
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Level 83
May 28, 2017
Pretty easy. These were the first 10 countries I guessed. Basically just go by population excluding the countries that are declining in population (Japan, Russia)
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Level 67
May 30, 2017
This would have been more interesting if it measured population increase by percentage, rather than by sheer numbers. As it is, it's basically a list of the most populous countries in Asia, except Japan and Russia, each of which has a population decline that has been well-documented. Only Iraq took some thinking.
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Level 18
Oct 13, 2018
Iran Iraq & Turkey should not be on this list! the middle east is an open debate as weather or not it's classed as Asia as the people don't self associate as "Asian" and that is boarders both Europe and Asia , so the Quiz is misleading in the title.
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Level 66
Dec 2, 2018
Actually there's no debate. Except for a small part of Turkey, all of the Middle East is Asian. No one would say otherwise.
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Level 66
May 12, 2019
Except that Egypt is sometimes considered part of the Middle East, and it is mostly not in Asia.
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Level 63
Jul 3, 2019
The Middle East is a region and not a continent on its own. Iran and Iraq are in Asia. No debate here.
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Level 76
Jul 21, 2019
Perhaps you confuse a US census definition with a continental classification? The continent of Asia is different from the US ethnic definition of "Asian" just as the Caucasus region is different from so-called "Caucasians".
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Level 35
Oct 27, 2021
Asian - Refers to everybody from the continent of Asia

They may not be your stereotypical 'Asian' but everybody stretching from the middle east to North Korea is Asian. The stereotypical asians are actually just oriental people

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Level 21
May 13, 2019
I dont think Turkey can be considered as Asia in this context. That might explain the reason why people couldnt guess it correctly.

Reason is similar why Russia is considered as Europe and not as Asia.

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Level 63
Jul 3, 2019
Turkey can definitely be considered, just not with that number. There's probably no data for the Asian part only.
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Level 40
Sep 6, 2019
I mean, the quiz says "Asian countries", so Turkey should be included as a whole. Even if a baby is born in the European part of Turkey, technically it is born in an Asian country
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Level 46
Nov 6, 2019
Sad...there is absolutely no hope of sustaining our eco-system or educating and modernising most of these countries. In many cases women are 2nd class citizens who are forced into early marriage and prohibited a proper education or access to contraception.
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Level 67
Oct 27, 2021
What are you talking about?

One bloated American suburbanite consumes more resources than an entire Afghani village does.

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Level 70
Oct 27, 2021
I'd disagree for most of these countries. Birth rates are going down in all of these countries and in most of them, it is close to replacement rate. Female education has also improved. There might not be formal sex-ed, but there is family planning.

Not saying that there aren't serious issues with women's rights in Asia, but even with those problems, most of these countries are modernizing and developing. I find Africa more concerning since they still have very high birth rates with little access to contraceptives or family planning.

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Level 62
Oct 27, 2021
Wouldn't you like to modernize them, huh?
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Level 55
Nov 30, 2020
I got them all except Bangladesh which I was in the middle of typing until the timer ran out. :(
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Level 70
Sep 21, 2021
os nes banglades
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Level 44
Oct 27, 2021
31 secs left by guessing
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Level 35
Oct 27, 2021
phew, I remember Afghanistan in the last lol
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Level 39
Oct 27, 2021
Turkey Is In Europe
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Level 35
Oct 27, 2021
only a tiny bit but most of the people in Turkey as well as the capital are in the Asian part. There is no significant city in the European part except half of Istanbul
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Level 83
Oct 27, 2021
The most significant part of Turkey is the peninsula in antiquity known as Asia Minor. The 2nd most significant is the peninsula that to the Phoenicians was known as Europa - where the continent gets it's name. It couldn't be more both Europea and Asia if it tried. Unless maybe it still controlled a bigger chunk of the Balkans. Currently it's mostly in Asia.
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Level 36
Oct 27, 2021
How did i forgot a obvious country?(IRAN) Well.....
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Level 43
Mar 14, 2022
Wow! It's crazy how Afghanistan's population basically doubled in the span of less than a quarter of a century.