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Percy
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Message 1 of 34 (836952)
07-24-2018 6:24 PM


While contemplating the ignominy of Iceland making the World Cup and the US not even though the US has a population a thousand times larger, I suddenly realized that none of the three largest countries in population made it: China, India and the US. Then I began wondering what the top 10 countries in population were, so I looked it up and was surprised at about half of them - would never have guessed. Just for fun, anyone want to give it a try without Googling it?

I'll give a hint. Only one European country is in the top 10.

--Percy


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Percy
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Message 9 of 34 (837356)
07-30-2018 7:58 PM
Reply to: Message 8 by caffeine
07-30-2018 4:18 PM


Thanks for reminding me, after the weekend I forgot to come back to this thread.

So here are the 10 largest countries in population, 2017 numbers:

RankCountryPopulation
1China1,409,517,397
2India1,339,180,127
3United States324,459,463
4Indonesia263,991,379
5Brazil209,288,278
6Pakistan197,015,955
7Nigeria 190,886,311
8Bangladesh164,669,751
9Russia143,989,754
10Mexico129,163,276

So, to bore people with the details of what I didn't know:

  • I had no idea Indonesia is ranked 4. I wouldn't have placed it in the top 50.
  • I didn't know all the European countries (except Russia, but it's also in Asia) were so small in population.
  • I didn't know Pakistan was so populous. I would have guessed around 30.
  • I also didn't know Nigeria was so populous. Again, I would have guessed around 30.
  • I definitely never would have placed Bangladesh in the top 10. I would have guessed around 50.
  • I would have guessed Russia was much larger, but then I'm probably stuck back in the cold war era, hearing "Russia" but thinking "USSR".
  • I wouldn't have put Mexico in the top 10. Maybe I would have guessed around 30.

If I hadn't already seen the list and tried to list the top 10 countries I would have gotten the first three correct, but probably would have been wrong about the rest of the top 10 except for Russia.

--Percy


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Percy
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Message 12 of 34 (837402)
07-31-2018 4:01 PM
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07-31-2018 3:22 PM


Your post made me curious about density, so here's my top 10 population table again, but this time with densities added and reordered:

RankCountryPopulationDensity (mi-2)
1Bangladesh164,669,7512865
2India1,339,180,1271030
3Pakistan197,015,955633
4Nigeria 190,886,311557
5China1,409,517,397375
6Indonesia263,991,379357
7Mexico129,163,276158
8United States324,459,46385
9Brazil209,288,27865
10Russia143,989,75422

--Percy


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Message 24 of 34 (837664)
08-07-2018 11:05 AM


It's sort of a flow of consciousness style...

--Percy


    
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