List of countries by population growth rate

Source UN (World Population Prospects 2019)
Date23 Aug 2021

The Syrian Arab Republic would have the highest population growth rate of 4.43% in 2021. Among the top ten fastest-growing countries/regions, nine are located in Africa and one in Asia. Seven countries have growth rates above 3%. In the 48 countries/dependent territories with a population growth rate above 2%, 45 entrants belong to Africa (37) and Asia (8) continent.

Wallis and Futuna Islands would have the lowest growth rate of -1.35%. Apart from Wallis and Futuna Islands, the Population of Lithuania, Puerto Rico, and Latvia would decline by above 1 %. Out of 36 countries and dependent territories with a negative growth rate, 22 belong to Europe, eight belong to North America, and three belong to Asia and Oceania.

In the past five years (2016-2020), with 22.6%, the Population of Bahrain has grown fastest, followed by Niger and Falkland Islands, having grown over 20%. Out of 28 countries which population has shrunk between 2016 and 2020, 17 are in Europe; six are in North America, two each in Asia and Oceania, and one in South America.

Since 1950, the population of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar has grown by over 10,000%. The population of the United Arab Emirates has increased from 70 k in 1950 to 10 mn in 2021, while the population of Qatar has increased from 25 k in 1950 to 3 mn in 2021. Fourteen countries have a growth rate above 1,000% between 1950-2020. There are six countries/dependent territories where the current population is less than in 1950: Niue, Montserrat, Tokelau, Holy See, Bulgaria, and Latvia. The first four are very low populated as no of people living is less than 5,000 in 2021.

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Population growth rate (UN)

Code Country/Region 2021 2016-2021 1950-2021 Continent
PopulationGrowth (%)RankGrowth (%) RankGrowth (%)Rank
BDIBurundi12,255,4293.07616.858430.7868Africa
COMComoros888,4562.174611.6747457.1759Africa
DJIDjibouti1,002,1971.44747.87771516.458Africa
ERIEritrea3,601,4621.55676.6692337.9598Africa
ETHEthiopia117,876,2262.532713.7828550.2443Africa
KENKenya54,985,7022.264312.1046804.8520Africa
MDGMadagascar28,427,3332.662214.1925596.1435Africa
MWIMalawi19,647,6812.711814.2024565.1539Africa
MUSMauritius1,273,4280.131930.92191158.17153Africa
MYTMayotte279,5072.453113.41351746.397Africa
MOZMozambique32,163,0452.901415.5715439.7465Africa
REURéunion901,6960.711403.67144263.42121Africa
RWARwanda13,276,5172.502913.7827507.2950Africa
SYCSeychelles98,9100.581523.34149172.29147Africa
SOMSomalia16,359,5002.931115.3216622.5732Africa
SSDSouth Sudan11,381,3771.68625.07120358.5088Africa
UGAUganda47,123,5333.02718.855813.5719Africa
TZAUnited Republic of Tanzania61,498,4382.951015.9312703.9324Africa
ZMBZambia18,920,6572.921215.6314718.9222Africa
ZWEZimbabwe15,092,1711.54707.5779449.4462Africa
AGOAngola33,933,6113.25417.656646.1229Africa
CMRCameroon27,224,2622.562513.7826532.0946Africa
CAFCentral African Republic4,919,9871.87558.4371270.86118Africa
TCDChad16,914,9852.98916.1610575.9738Africa
COGCongo5,657,0172.522813.5732583.8437Africa
CODDemocratic Republic of the Congo92,377,9863.14517.257658.2128Africa
GNQEquatorial Guinea1,449,8913.34319.314542.8844Africa
GABGabon2,278,8292.393713.4934381.4884Africa
STPSao Tome and Principe223,3641.92539.9159272.29116Africa
BWABotswana2,397,2401.945010.9950481.0955Africa
SWZEswatini1,172,3691.051045.24116329.4499Africa
LSOLesotho2,159,0670.781344.05137206.39136Africa
NAMNamibia2,587,3441.83599.7260403.0077Africa
ZAFSouth Africa60,041,9961.24906.8289340.5695Africa
BENBenin12,451,0312.701914.5221452.1061Africa
BFABurkina Faso21,497,0972.841515.2917401.7580Africa
CPVCabo Verde561,9011.061035.79106215.56131Africa
CIVCôte d'Ivoire27,053,6292.562413.5633928.6016Africa
GMBGambia2,486,9372.911315.7213715.6723Africa
GHAGhana31,732,1282.124711.4148530.0947Africa
GINGuinea13,497,2372.781614.9818347.9891Africa
GNBGuinea-Bissau2,015,4902.413513.0836276.42115Africa
LBRLiberia5,180,2082.423312.9438457.0060Africa
MLIMali20,855,7242.99816.0911342.9493Africa
MRTMauritania4,775,1102.702114.6920633.0231Africa
NERNiger25,130,8103.82220.892881.7917Africa
NGANigeria211,400,7042.552613.6829458.3858Africa
SHNSaint Helena6,0950.401682.3016816.12225Africa
SENSenegal17,196,3082.702014.6919591.5536Africa
SLESierra Leone8,141,3432.064811.0949298.85105Africa
TGOTogo8,478,2422.413612.8939507.5649Africa
DZAAlgeria44,616,6261.756010.0257402.8878Africa
EGYEgypt104,258,3271.885410.3953409.7773Africa
LBYLibya6,958,5381.27877.1886518.8048Africa
MARMorocco37,344,7871.18956.32100315.59103Africa
SDNSudan44,909,3512.423412.7040683.2426Africa
TUNTunisia11,935,7640.991095.59110231.06128Africa
ESHWestern Sahara611,8722.433213.57314345.773Africa
ARMArmenia2,968,1280.171881.09187119.29165Asia
AZEAzerbaijan10,223,3440.831265.01122249.17125Asia
BHRBahrain1,748,2952.751722.6211412.219Asia
CYPCyprus1,215,5880.681433.88139146.06157Asia
GEOGeorgia3,979,773-0.24215-0.8921612.84226Asia
IRQIraq41,179,3512.383912.4844620.0233Asia
ISRIsrael8,789,7761.55688.4072598.7334Asia
JORJordan10,269,0220.651467.48812033.526Asia
KWTKuwait4,328,5531.36829.39622727.225Asia
LBNLebanon6,769,151-0.822310.82192407.2075Asia
OMNOman5,223,3762.294216.6191044.4513Asia
QATQatar2,930,5241.726110.405211619.282Asia
SAUSaudi Arabia35,340,6801.51718.93641032.2314Asia
PSEState of Palestine5,222,7562.384012.6741460.4357Asia
SYRSyrian Arab Republic18,275,7044.4314.64129435.4267Asia
TURTurkey85,042,7360.831256.5393297.24107Asia
AREUnited Arab Emirates9,991,0831.021076.739114256.241Asia
YEMYemen30,490,6392.234412.2345554.1341Asia
KAZKazakhstan18,994,9581.16986.5394183.38142Asia
KGZKyrgyzstan6,628,3471.60659.1263280.94114Asia
TJKTajikistan9,749,6252.224512.5443536.6045Asia
TKMTurkmenistan6,117,9331.44738.0573405.2076Asia
UZBUzbekistan33,935,7651.39777.9374441.7564Asia
AFGAfghanistan39,835,4282.334112.5842413.8772Asia
BGDBangladesh166,303,4940.981105.27115338.8696Asia
BTNBhutan779,9001.071015.86105341.1394Asia
INDIndia1,393,409,0330.971125.20117270.27119Asia
IRNIran (Islamic Republic of)85,028,7601.23916.8788396.6881Asia
MDVMaldives543,6200.5715414.3223637.4530Asia
NPLNepal29,674,9201.85578.8566249.80124Asia
PAKPakistan225,199,9291.954910.5951499.8651Asia
LKASri Lanka21,497,3060.391692.26170169.69148Asia
CHNChina1,444,216,1020.341752.13172160.49152Asia
HKGChina, Hong Kong SAR7,552,8000.741364.27135282.61112Asia
MACChina, Macao SAR658,3911.39787.4482235.11127Asia
TWNChina, Taiwan Province of China23,855,0080.161891.00188213.78133Asia
PRKDem. People's Republic of Korea25,887,0450.421642.29169145.39158Asia
JPNJapan126,050,796-0.34221-1.3422052.23197Asia
MNGMongolia3,329,2821.56668.9365326.72102Asia
KORRepublic of Korea51,305,1840.071960.63196167.06150Asia
BRNBrunei Darussalam441,5320.931165.18118819.6918Asia
KHMCambodia16,946,4461.36817.4980282.30113Asia
IDNIndonesia276,361,7881.041055.66108297.40106Asia
LAOLao People's Democratic Republic7,379,3581.43757.7978338.4997Asia
MYSMalaysia32,776,1951.27886.8290436.4466Asia
MMRMyanmar54,806,0140.731373.32150208.25135Asia
PHLPhilippines111,046,9101.34837.1287497.6552Asia
SGPSingapore5,896,6840.791334.30134476.9256Asia
THAThailand69,950,8440.221851.42183237.76126Asia
TLSTimor-Leste1,343,8751.935110.2255224.02129Asia
VNMViet Nam98,168,8290.851244.84125295.68109Asia
AIAAnguilla15,1250.821284.78127195.29138North America
ATGAntigua and Barbuda98,7280.821304.45131116.91167North America
ABWAruba107,1950.401672.22171181.71143North America
BHSBahamas396,9140.931155.03121401.8579North America
BRBBarbados287,7080.121940.6719436.36205North America
BESBonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba26,4450.851235.71107270.95117North America
VGBBritish Virgin Islands30,4230.621483.64145309.08104North America
CYMCayman Islands66,4981.18946.29101936.4415North America
CUBCuba11,317,498-0.08207-0.1621091.17173North America
CUWCuraçao164,7960.421622.3216664.50186North America
DMADominica72,1720.251811.2118441.24202North America
DOMDominican Republic10,953,7140.981115.35114363.2387North America
GRDGrenada113,0150.441612.5016247.38198North America
GLPGuadeloupe400,013-0.032040.0620690.48174North America
HTIHaiti11,541,6831.22936.4796258.30123North America
JAMJamaica2,973,4620.421652.31167111.95169North America
MTQMartinique374,743-0.14210-0.5421468.80180North America
MSRMontserrat4,981-0.362220.06207-63.17234North America
PRIPuerto Rico2,828,246-1.14233-13.8523527.51213North America
BLMSaint Barthélemy9,9090.241821.68178396.4482North America
KNASaint Kitts and Nevis53,5460.671453.7114316.27224North America
LCASaint Lucia184,4010.421632.43165122.75164North America
MAFSaint Martin (French part)39,2391.50728.81671208.4010North America
VCTSaint Vincent and the Grenadines111,2690.291781.6517966.08184North America
SXMSint Maarten (Dutch part)43,4211.26896.39982814.164North America
TTOTrinidad and Tobago1,403,3740.281801.87174117.37166North America
TCATurks and Caicos Islands39,2261.31857.3083677.6827North America
VIRUnited States Virgin Islands104,218-0.20214-0.58215288.99110North America
BLZBelize404,9151.83589.9158487.5653North America
CRICosta Rica5,139,0530.881194.89124443.4263North America
SLVEl Salvador6,518,5000.501562.55160196.31137North America
GTMGuatemala18,249,8681.875610.0556485.8854North America
HNDHonduras10,062,9941.60648.5568550.6042North America
MEXMexico130,262,2201.031065.62109366.1486North America
NICNicaragua6,702,3791.17976.3299417.5670North America
PANPanama4,381,5831.55698.5369409.6974North America
ARGArgentina45,605,8230.911184.82126167.67149South America
BOLBolivia (Plurinational State of)11,832,9361.37807.2684283.96111South America
BRABrazil213,993,4410.671443.80142296.47108South America
CHLChile19,212,3620.501555.51112191.16139South America
COLColombia51,265,8410.751356.4297327.87101South America
ECUEcuador17,888,4741.39798.4770415.4971South America
FLKFalkland Islands (Malvinas)3,5281.298620.57356.52190South America
GUFFrench Guiana306,4502.602314.42221102.5212South America
GUYGuyana790,3290.481572.4616394.39172South America
PRYParaguay7,219,6411.22926.5295390.0583South America
PERPeru33,359,4161.18967.8776328.92100South America
SURSuriname591,7980.881204.76128175.26146South America
URYUruguay3,485,1520.331761.7817755.69193South America
VENVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)28,704,9470.95114-3.84231423.6269South America
AUSAustralia25,788,2171.13996.29102215.36132Oceania
NZLNew Zealand4,860,6420.801324.32133154.75155Oceania
FJIFiji902,8990.721383.50146212.43134Oceania
NCLNew Caledonia288,2170.951135.12119344.6292Oceania
PNGPapua New Guinea9,119,0051.925210.2454355.4690Oceania
SLBSolomon Islands703,9952.493013.6530684.0225Oceania
VUTVanuatu314,4642.383812.9837559.3140Oceania
GUMGuam170,1840.831274.44132185.29141Oceania
KIRKiribati121,3881.63637.8775267.29120Oceania
MHLMarshall Islands59,6180.721393.28152358.4289Oceania
FSMMicronesia (Fed. States of)116,2551.071025.48113263.25122Oceania
NRUNauru10,8730.361743.81140217.00130Oceania
MNPNorthern Mariana Islands57,9100.611493.07153727.6421Oceania
PLWPalau18,1740.451592.57159144.57159Oceania
ASMAmerican Samoa55,103-0.17213-1.14218190.92140Oceania
COKCook Islands17,5720.051970.2919916.59222Oceania
PYFFrench Polynesia282,5340.581512.90155368.7885Oceania
NIUNiue1,614-0.252170.19202-65.41235Oceania
WSMSamoa200,1440.871212.88156143.76160Oceania
TKLTokelau1,3681.33847.2185-12.98233Oceania
TONTonga106,7591.001085.55111126.10163Oceania
TUVTuvalu11,9251.131006.17103155.03154Oceania
WLFWallis and Futuna Islands11,094-1.35235-8.3023458.62189Oceania
BLRBelarus9,442,867-0.07206-0.0320821.92216Europe
BGRBulgaria6,896,655-0.75230-3.57229-4.89231Europe
CZECzechia10,724,5530.151901.0018920.47218Europe
HUNHungary9,634,162-0.27218-1.222193.17229Europe
POLPoland37,797,000-0.13209-0.5121352.26196Europe
MDARepublic of Moldova4,024,025-0.25216-1.0321771.89176Europe
ROURomania19,127,772-0.57227-3.3822817.81221Europe
RUSRussian Federation145,912,022-0.022020.4419741.94200Europe
SVKSlovakia5,460,7260.021980.3419858.90188Europe
UKRUkraine43,466,822-0.61229-2.7922616.54223Europe
JEY/GGYChannel Islands175,2440.801314.9912371.41177Europe
DNKDenmark5,813,3020.361731.7917636.20206Europe
ESTEstonia1,325,188-0.102080.6619520.36219Europe
FROFaroe Islands49,0530.381701.8317555.71192Europe
FINFinland5,548,3610.141920.9219038.42204Europe
ISLIceland343,3600.621473.36148140.69161Europe
IRLIreland4,982,9040.911176.1110471.08178Europe
IMNIsle of Man85,4100.441602.5416154.58194Europe
LVALatvia1,866,934-1.02232-5.44232-3.10230Europe
LTULithuania2,689,862-1.19234-6.912334.77228Europe
NORNorway5,465,6290.821294.0913667.39181Europe
SWESweden10,160,1590.601503.3015144.94199Europe
GBRUnited Kingdom68,207,1140.471582.8815734.75208Europe
ALBAlbania2,872,934-0.17212-0.47211127.44162Europe
ANDAndorra77,3540.121950.082051148.0511Europe
BIHBosnia and Herzegovina3,263,459-0.53226-3.6323022.63215Europe
HRVCroatia4,081,657-0.58228-3.022276.01227Europe
GIBGibraltar33,6910.00199-0.1420952.92195Europe
GRCGreece10,370,747-0.50225-2.3022435.23207Europe
VATHoly See8120.371712.65158-10.38232Europe
ITAItaly60,367,471-0.16211-0.4921229.55211Europe
MLTMalta442,7900.281791.5318141.92201Europe
MNEMontenegro628,051-0.002000.1220359.11187Europe
MKDNorth Macedonia2,082,662-0.032050.0920466.02185Europe
PRTPortugal10,167,923-0.28219-1.5322120.80217Europe
SMRSan Marino34,0100.211861.51182166.24151Europe
SRBSerbia8,697,547-0.46224-1.7722229.19212Europe
SVNSlovenia2,078,723-0.012010.2220141.11203Europe
ESPSpain46,745,211-0.022030.2420066.53183Europe
AUTAustria9,043,0720.411663.3814730.37210Europe
BELBelgium11,632,3340.371722.4516434.67209Europe
FRAFrance65,426,1770.231831.1718556.40191Europe
DEUGermany83,900,4710.141912.0817319.92220Europe
LIELiechtenstein38,2540.311771.59180178.17144Europe
LUXLuxembourg634,8141.41769.5961114.46168Europe
MCOMonaco39,5200.701423.8114197.60171Europe
NLDNetherlands17,173,0940.221841.1318671.01179Europe
CHESwitzerland8,715,4940.701414.0013886.70175Europe
BMUBermuda62,092-0.29220-2.0022366.66182North America
CANCanada38,067,9130.861224.63130177.19145North America
GRLGreenland56,8680.171870.82193147.33156North America
SPMSaint Pierre and Miquelon5,771-0.41223-2.7322526.36214North America
USAUnited States of America332,915,0740.581533.06154109.64170North America
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