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List of countries by population density

List of countries and dependencies by population density in inhabitants/km². The list includes sovereign states and self-governing dependent territories that are recognized by the United Nations. The list also includes but does not rank unrecognized but de facto independent countries. The figures in the following table are based on areas including inland water bodies (lakes, reservoirs, rivers). Data are estimates for July 2005, taken from the United Nations World Prospects Report (2004 revision), unless noted otherwise.

Note that figures are simply estimates of population divided by total surface area and should not be considered either as reflecting density in the urban sense or as indicative of the ability of a territory’s land to support human habitation. Names of dependent territories as well as recognized states with no or limited control over their territory are shown in italics.

Rank Country/Region of special position Population Area (km²) Density (Pop per km²) Notes
World (land only) 6,717,605,569 148,940,000 44.69
1 Macau (PRC) 520,400 28.6 18,196
2 Monaco 32,671 1.95 16,754
3 Singapore 4,588,600 707.1 6,489
4 Hong Kong S.A.R. (PRC) 7,040,885 1,099 6,407
5 Gibraltar (UK) 27,921 6 4,654
6 Vatican City 821 0.44 1,866
7 Bahrain 1,046,814 720 1,454
8 Malta 401,880 316 1,272
9 Bermuda (UK) 64,174 53 1,211
10 Maldives 329,198 298 1,105
11 Bangladesh 150,448,339 143,998 1,045
12 Channel Islands (two Crown dependencies) 149,463 195 766
13 Palestinian territories 4,018,332 6,020 667
14 Nauru 13,635 21 649
15 Taiwan (Republic of China) 22,894,384 35,980 636
16 Barbados 269,556 430 627
17 Saint-Martin (France) 33,102 53.2 622
18 Mauritius 1,244,663 2,040 610
19 Aruba (Netherlands) 103,484 193 536
20 Mayotte (France) 186,452 374 499
21 South Korea 49,044,790 99,538 498
22 San Marino 28,117 61 461
23 Puerto Rico (US) 3,954,584 8,875 446
24 Tuvalu 10,441 26 402
25 Netherlands 16,423,431 41,528 395
26 Martinique (France) 395,932 1,102 359
27 Comoros 797,902 2,235 357
28 Lebanon 3,576,818 10,400 344
29 Rwanda 9,037,690 26,338 343
30 Marshall Islands 61,963 181 342
31 Belgium 10,419,050 30,528 341
32 Japan 128,084,700 377,873 339
33 India 1,103,371,000 3,287,263 336
34 El Salvador 6,880,951 21,041 327
35 Saint-Barthélemy (France) 6,852 21 326
35 American Samoa (US) 64,869 199 326
37 Israel 7,180,000 22,072 325
38 U.S. Virgin Islands (US) 111,818 347 322
39 Sri Lanka 20,742,910 65,610 316
40 Réunion (France) 785,139 2,510 313
41 Guam (US) 169,635 549 309
42 Haiti 8,527,777 27,750 307
42 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 119,051 388 307
44 Saint Lucia 160,765 539 298
45 Philippines 84,566,000 282,000 277
46 Burundi 7,547,515 27,834 271
47 Grenada 102,924 344 260
48 Trinidad and Tobago 1,305,236 5,130 254
48 Vietnam 84,238,230 331,689 254
50 Guadeloupe (France) 405,000 1,628 249
51 United Kingdom 60,776,238 242,900 246
52 Jamaica 2,650,713 10,991 241
53 Germany 82,689,210 357,022 232
54 Netherlands Antilles (Netherlands) 182,656 800 228
57 Liechtenstein 34,521 160 216
58 Pakistan 157,935,100 796,095 198
58 Italy 58,092,740 301,318 193
59 Dominican Republic 9,365,818 48,671 192
60 North Korea 22,487,660 120,538 187
61 Nepal 27,132,630 147,181 184
62 Antigua and Barbuda 81,479 442 184
63 Luxembourg 464,904 2,586 180
64 Seychelles 80,654 455 177
65 Switzerland 7,252,331 41,284 176
66 Northern Mariana Islands (US) 80,801 464 174
67 Cayman Islands (UK) 45,017 264 171
68 Saint Kitts and Nevis 42,696 261 164
69 Sao Tome and Principe 156,523 964 162
70 Federated States of Micronesia 110,487 702 157
71 Kuwait 2,686,873 17,818 151
72 British Virgin Islands (UK) 22,016 151 146
73 Andorra 67,151 468 143
74 Nigeria 131,529,700 923,768 142
75 People's Republic of China 1,323,324,000 9,596,961 138
76 Tonga 102,311 747 137
77 Kiribati 99,350 726 137
78 The Gambia 1,517,079 11,295 134
79 Anguilla (UK) 12,205 91 134
80 Isle of Man (UK) 76,538 572 134
81 Transnistria (Moldova) 555,347 4163 133
82 Czech Republic 10,403,136 78,866 132
83 Denmark 5,471,590 43,094 127
84 Cape Verde 506,807 4,033 126
85 Thailand 64,232,760 513,115 125
86 Poland 38,529,560 312,685 123
87 Moldova 4,128,047 33,844 122
88 Uganda 28,816,230 241,038 120
89 Indonesia 222,781,500 1,904,569 117
90 Guatemala 12,599,060 108,889 116
91 Tokelau (New Zealand) 1,378 12 115
92 Portugal 10,494,500 91,982 114
93 European Union 494,070,000 4,422,773 112
94 Slovakia 5,400,908 49,033 110
95 France (Metropolitan) 60,495,540 551,500 110
96 Albania 3,129,678 28,748 109
97 Malawi 12,883,940 118,484 109
98 Hungary 10,097,730 93,032 109
99 Togo 6,145,004 56,785 108
100 Dominica 78,940 751 105
101 Syria 19,043,380 185,180 103
102 Cuba 11,269,400 110,861 102
103 Armenia 3,016,312 29,800 101
104 Serbia 7,800,000 77,474 100
105 Austria 8,189,444 83,858 98
106 Azerbaijan 8,410,801 86,600 97
107 Slovenia 2,066,814 20,256 97
108 Turkey 70,586,256 783,562 93
109 Ghana 22,112,810 238,533 93
110 Romania 21,711,470 238,391 91
111 Cyprus 835,307 9,251 90
112 Spain 45,200,737 506,030 89
113 Costa Rica 4,327,228 51,100 85
114 Greece 11,119,890 131,957 84
115 Croatia 4,551,338 56,538 81
116 Republic of Macedonia 2,034,060 25,713 79
117 Northern Cyprus (Cyprus) 264,172 3,355 78
118 Cambodia 14,071,010 181,035 78
119 Wallis and Futuna (France) 15,480 200 77
120 Sierra Leone 5,525,478 71,740 77
121 Ukraine 46,480,700 603,700 77
122 Malaysia 25,653,000 329,847 78
123 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,907,074 51,197 76
124 Cook Islands (New Zealand) 17,954 236 76
125 Benin 8,438,853 112,622 75
126 Myanmar 50,519,490 676,578 75
127 Egypt 72,850,000 1,001,449 73
128 Qatar 812,842 11,000 74
129 Morocco 30,495,000 446,550 68
130 Ethiopia 77,430,700 1,104,300 70
131 Bulgaria 7,725,965 110,912 70
132 Georgia 4,630,841 69,700 66.4
133 Iraq 28,807,190 438,317 66
134 Samoa 184,984 2,831 65
135 Brunei 373,819 5,765 65
136 Honduras 7,204,723 112,492 64
137 French Polynesia (France) 256,603 4,000 64
138 Jordan 5,702,776 89,342 64
139 East Timor 947,064 14,874 64
140 Turks and Caicos Islands (UK) 26,288 417 63
141 Tunisia 10,102,470 163,610 62
142 Swaziland 1,032,438 17,364 59
143 Uzbekistan 26,593,120 447,400 59
144 Senegal 11,658,170 196,722 59
145 Lesotho 1,794,769 30,355 59
146 Ireland 4,147,901 70,273 59
147 Kenya 34,255,720 580,367 59
148 Côte d'Ivoire 18,153,870 322,463 56
149 Mexico 104,266,000 1,958,201 53
150 United Arab Emirates 4,495,823 83,600 54
151 Ecuador 13,542,420 283,561 53
152 Lithuania 3,369,600 65,300 52
153 Burkina Faso 13,227,840 274,000 48
154 Belarus 9,755,106 207,600 47
155 Fiji 847,706 18,274 46
156 Bhutan 2,162,546 47,000 46
157 Afghanistan 29,863,010 652,090 46
158 Tajikistan 6,506,980 143,100 45
159 Montenegro 630,548 14,026 45
160 Montserrat (UK) 4,488 102 44
161 Guinea-Bissau 1,586,344 36,125 44
162 Palau 19,949 459 43
163 Panama 3,231,502 75,517 43
164 Nicaragua 5,486,685 130,000 42
165 Iran 69,515,210 1,648,195 42
166 Tanzania 38,328,810 945,087 41
167 Saint Helena (UK) 4,918 122 40
168 Colombia 45,600,240 1,138,914 40
169 Yemen 20,974,660 527,968 40
170 South Africa 47,431,830 1,221,037 39
171 Guinea 9,402,098 245,857 38
172 Eritrea 4,401,357 117,600 37
173 Latvia 2,306,988 64,600 36
174 Cameroon 16,321,860 475,442 34
175 Djibouti 793,078 23,200 34
176 Faroe Islands (Denmark) 47,017 1,399 34
177 Zimbabwe 13,009,530 390,757 33
178 Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan) 145,000 4,400 33
179 Madagascar 18,605,920 587,041 32
180 United States of America 301,140,000 9,629,091 31
181 Republic of Abkhazia (Georgia) 200,000 7,138 29
182 Estonia 1,329,697 45,100 29
183 Liberia 3,283,267 111,369 29
184 Venezuela 26,749,110 912,050 29
185 Kyrgyzstan 5,263,794 199,900 26
186 Laos 5,924,145 236,800 25
187 Mozambique 19,792,300 801,590 25
188 Democratic Republic of the Congo 57,548,740 2,344,858 25
189 Somaliland (Somalia) 3,500,000 137,600 25
190 Saint-Pierre and Miquelon (France) 5,769 242 24
191 The Bahamas 323,063 13,878 23
192 Brazil 186,404,900 8,514,877 22
193 Peru 27,968,240 1,285,216 22
194 Chile 16,295,100 756,096 22
195 Sweden 9,041,262 449,964 20.0
196 Uruguay 3,463,197 175,016 19.8
197 Equatorial Guinea 503,519 28,051 18.0
198 South Ossetia 70,000 3,900 17.9
199 Vanuatu 211,367 12,189 17.3
200 Solomon Islands 477,742 28,896 16.5
201 Finland 5,302,060 338,145 15.6
202 Zambia 11,668,460 752,618 15.5
203 Paraguay 6,158,259 406,752 15.1
204 New Zealand 4,028,384 270,534 14.9
205 Sudan 36,232,950 2,505,813 14.5
206 Argentina 38,747,150 2,780,400 13.9
207 Algeria 32,853,800 2,381,741 13.8
208 Pitcairn Islands (UK) 67 5 13.4
209 Somalia 8,227,826 637,657 12.9
210 Angola 15,941,390 1,246,700 12.8
211 New Caledonia (France) 236,838 18,575 12.8
212 Papua New Guinea 5,887,138 462,840 12.7
213 Belize 276,000 23,000 12
214 Norway 4,751,236 385,155 12.3
215 Republic of the Congo 3,998,904 342,000 11.7
216 Saudi Arabia 24,573,100 2,149,690 11.4
217 Niger 13,956,980 1,267,000 11.0
218 Mali 13,518,420 1,240,192 10.9
219 Turkmenistan 4,833,266 488,100 9.9
220 Russia 143,201,600 17,098,242 8.4
221 Bolivia 9,182,015 1,098,581 8.4
222 Oman 2,577,000 309,500 8.3
223 Chad 9,748,931 1,284,000 7.6
224 Central African Republic 4,037,747 622,984 6.5
225 Niue (New Zealand) 1,625 260 6.2
226 Kazakhstan 14,825,110 2,724,900 5.4
227 Gabon 1,383,841 267,668 5.2
228 Guyana 751,218 214,969 3.5
229 Libya 5,853,452 1,759,540 3.3
230 Canada 33,390,141 9,970,610 3.2
231 Botswana 1,764,926 581,730 3.0
232 Mauritania 3,068,742 1,025,520 3.0
233 Iceland 309,672 103,000 3.0
234 Suriname 449,238 163,820 2.7
235 Australia 21,050,000 7,682,300 2.6
236 Namibia 2,031,252 824,292 2.5
237 French Guiana (France) 187,056 90,000 2.1
238 Mongolia 2,646,487 1,564,116 1.7
239 Western Sahara (Morocco) 440,000 266,000 2
240 Falkland Islands (UK) 3,060 12,173 0.25
241 Greenland (Denmark) 56,916 2,175,600 0.026
Source: United Nations World Population Prospects (2004 revision) Data is for 2005.

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