List of sovereign states and dependent territories by population density

This is a list of countries and dependencies ranked by human population density, and measured by the number of human inhabitants per square kilometre or square mile. The list includes sovereign states and self-governing dependent territories based upon the ISO standard ISO 3166-1. 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.

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 Date Last Updated Area
(km2)
Area
(mi2)
Density
(/km2)
Density
(/mi2)
Notes
 World (land only, excl. Antarctica) December 9, 2011 [1]
 World (land only) December 9, 2011 [1]
 World (with water) December 9, 2011 [1]
1  Macau (China) 541,200 September 30, 2009 [2]
2  Monaco 33,000 2009 [3][4]
3  Singapore 5,076,700 June 30, 2010 [5]
4  Hong Kong (China) 7,003,700 Mid-2009 [6]
5  Gibraltar (UK) 31,000 2009 [3]
6  Vatican City 826 2009 [3][7]
7  Malta 416,333 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
8  Bermuda (UK) 65,000 2009 [3]
9  Bangladesh 162,221,000 2009 [3][8]
10  Bahrain 791,000 2009 [3]
11  Maldives 309,000 2009 [3]
12  Guernsey 65,726 [9]
13  Jersey 91,533 [10]
14 4,013,126 July ,2009 [11]
15 (France) 35,263 January 1, 2009 [12]
16  Republic of China (Taiwan) 23,069,345 June 30, 2009 [13]
17  Mauritius 1,288,000 2009 [3]
18  Barbados 256,000 2009 [3]
19  Aruba (Netherlands) 107,000 2009 [3]
20  San Marino 30,800 January 1, 2008 [14]
21  Mayotte (France) 186,452 January 1, 2009 [12][15]
22  South Korea 48,456,369 2009 [3][16]
23  Nauru 10,000 2009 [3]
24  Puerto Rico (US) 3,982,000 2009 [3]
25  Lebanon 4,224,000 2009 [3]
26 (France) 8,450 January 1, 2009 [12]
27  Tuvalu 10,441 2009 [3]
28 [17]
29  Rwanda 9,998,000 2009 [3]
30  Israel 7,587,000 April 18, 2010 [18]
31  Haiti 10,033,000 2009 [3]
32 [19]
33  Martinique (France) 402,000
34  Belgium 10,827,519 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
35  Marshall Islands 62,000 2009 [3]
36  Japan 127,380,000 March 1, 2010 [20]
37  American Samoa (US) 67,000 2009 [3]
38  Guam (US) 178,000 2009 [3]
39  Saint Lucia 172,000 2009 [3]
40 (US) 110,000 2009 [3]
41  Réunion (France) 785,139
42  Sri Lanka 20,238,000 2009 [3]
43  Philippines 92,226,600 Mid-2009 [21]
44  Comoros 676,000 2009 [3]
45  Grenada 104,000 2009 [3]
46  Burundi 8,303,000 2009 [3]
47  El Salvador 6,163,000 2009 [3]
48  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 109,000 2009 [3]
49  Trinidad and Tobago 1,339,000 2009 [3]
50  Vietnam 85,789,573 April 1, 2009 [22]
51  United Kingdom 62,041,708 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
52  Guadeloupe (France) 405,000 February 22, 2007 [23]
53  Netherlands Antilles (Netherlands) 198,000 2009 [3]
54  Jamaica 2,719,000 2009 [3]
55  Germany 81,757,600 January 1, 2010 [24]
56  Liechtenstein 35,981 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
57  Cayman Islands (UK) 56,000 2009 [3]
58 [25]
59  Dominican Republic 10,090,000 2009 [3]
60  Italy 60,200,060 June 2009 [26]
61  North Korea 24,051,706 October, 2008 UNFPA
62  Nepal 29,331,000 2009 [3]
63  Saint Kitts and Nevis 52,000 2009 [3]
64  Antigua and Barbuda 88,000 2009 [3]
65  Luxembourg 502,207 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
 Kosovo (status disputed) 2,100,000 2009 [3]
66  Switzerland 7,761,800 September 30, 2009 [27]
67  Northern Mariana Islands (US) 87,000 2009 [3]
68  Seychelles 84,000 2009 [3]
69  Andorra 86,000 2009 [3][28]
70  Sao Tome and Principe 163,000 2009 [3]
71  Kuwait 2,985,000 2009 [3]
72  Nigeria 154,729,000 2009 [3]
73  Anguilla (UK) 15,000 2009 [3]
74  Federated States of Micronesia 111,000 2009 [3]
75  British Virgin Islands (UK) 23,000 2009 [3]
76 1,705,000 2009 [3]
77  Tonga 104,000 2009 [3][29]
78 [30]
79  Kiribati 99,350 2009 [3]
80  Uganda 32,710,000 2009 [3]
81  Transnistria (Moldova) 555,347 [31]
82  Czech Republic 10,476,543 March 31, 2009 [32]
83  Guatemala 14,027,000 2009 [3]
84  Malawi 15,263,000 2009 [3]
85  Qatar 1,409,000 2009 [3]
86  Denmark 5,532,531 September 30, 2009 Statistics Denmark
87  Cape Verde 506,807 2009 [3]
88  Thailand 64,232,760 [33]
89  Poland 38,163,895 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate[29]
90  Indonesia 231,369,500 [34]
91  Moldova 3,567,500 [35]
92  Syria 21,906,000 2009 [3]
93  Togo 6,619,000 2009 [3]
94  Portugal 10,636,888 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate[29]
95  Tokelau (New Zealand) 1,378 2009 [3]
96  France (Metropolitan) 62,793,432 January 1, 2010 [12][36]
97  Slovakia 5,424,057 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
98  Albania 3,195,000 January 1, 2010 http://www.instat.gov.al/graphics/doc/tabelat/Treguesit%20Sociale/Popullsia/POP%202009/t3.xls
99  Armenia 3,230,100 January 1, 2008 http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_OFFPUB/KS-SF-08-081/EN/KS-SF-08-081-EN.PDF
100  Hungary 10,013,628 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
101  Dominica 78,940 2009 [3]
102  Azerbaijan 8,896,900 April 1, 2009 [37]
103  Cuba 11,239,363[not in citation given] 2010 [38]
104  Slovenia 2085200 December 9, 2011 [39]
105  Serbia (excluding Kosovo) 7,800,000 2009 [3][13]
106  Ghana 23,837,000 2009 [3]
107  Austria 8,372,930 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
108  Turkey 72,561,312 December 31, 2009 [40]
109  Isle of Man 80,000 2009 [3]
110  Spain 46,087,170 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
111  Romania 21,466,174 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
112  Costa Rica 4,579,000 2009 [3]
113  Cyprus 801,851 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
114  Malaysia 28,306,700 [41]
115  Greece 11,306,183 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
116  Cook Islands (New Zealand) 20,000 2009 [3]
117 2,114,550 Eurostat estimate
118  Cambodia 14,805,000 2009 [3][42]
119  Sierra Leone 5,696,000 2009 [3]
120  Benin 8,935,000 2009 [3]
121  Turks and Caicos Islands (UK) 33,000 2009 [3][29]
 Northern Cyprus (status disputed) 264,172 [43]
122  Croatia 4,443,000 Eurostat estimate
123  Ukraine 46,936,000 October 1, 2009 [44]
124  Egypt 80660845 December 9, 2011 [45]
125  Wallis and Futuna (France) 15,480 January 1, 2009 [12]
126 1,134,000 2009 [3]
127 (Burma) 50,020,000 2009 [3]
128  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,781,000 2009 [3]
129  Ethiopia 79,221,000 July 2008 [46]
130  Morocco 32336393 December 9, 2011 [47]
131  Jordan 6,316,000 2009 [3]
132  Iraq 30,747,000 2009 [3]
132  Brunei 400,000 2009 [3]
134  Kenya 39,802,000 2009 [3]
135  Bulgaria 7,576,751 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
136  Swaziland 1,185,000 2009 [3]
137  Lesotho 2,067,000 2009 [3]
138  Honduras 7,466,000 2009 [3]
139  Côte d'Ivoire 21,075,000 2009 [3]
140  Samoa 184,984 2009 [3]
141  French Polynesia (France) 256,603 [12]
142  Georgia 4,465,000 Statistics Georgia
143  Senegal 12,534,000 2009 [3]
144  Ireland 4,450,878 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
145  Tunisia 10,327,800 July 1, 2008 [48]
146  Uzbekistan 27,488,000 2009 [3]
147  Montserrat (UK) 5,900 2009 [3]
148  Burkina Faso 15,757,000 2009 [3]
149  United Arab Emirates 4,599,000 2009 [3]
150  Mexico 107,550,697 [49]
151  Lithuania 3,329,227 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
152  Ecuador 14490844 December 9, 2011 [50]
153  Tajikistan 6,952,000 2009 [3]
154  Belarus 9,755,106 [51]
155  Fiji 849,000 2009 [3]
156  Tanzania 43,739,000 2009 [3][29]
157  Bhutan 2,162,546 [3]
158  Afghanistan 29,863,010 2009 [3]
159  Panama 3,454,000 2009 [3]
160  Iran 74,196,000 2009 [3]
161  Montenegro 630,548 2009 [3][13]
162  Yemen 23,580,000 2009 [3]
163  Guinea-Bissau 1,611,000 2009 [3]
164  Nicaragua 5,743,000 2009 [3]
165  Palau 20,000 2009 [3]
166  Eritrea 5,073,000 2009 [3]
167  Cameroon 19,522,000 2009 [3]
168  Guinea 10,069,000 2009 [3]
169  South Africa 49,320,500 July 1, 2009 [52]
170  Saint Helena (UK) 4,918 2009 [3]
171  Colombia 46258088 December 9, 2011 [53]
172  Djibouti 864,000 2009 [3]
173  Madagascar 20,653,556 July 2009 [54]
174  Faroe Islands (Denmark) 49,006 August 1, 2009 [55]
175  Latvia 2,248,961 January 1, 2010 Eurostat estimate
176  Zimbabwe 13,009,530 2009 [3]
178 [56]
179  Liberia 3,476,608 March 21, 2008 [57]
180  Venezuela 29478491 December 9, 2011 [58]
181  Estonia 1,340,021 January 1, 2010 http://www.stat.ee/main-indicators
182  Democratic Republic of the Congo 68,692,542 July 2009 [59]
183  Mozambique 22,894,000 2009 [3]
184  Abkhazia (Georgia; claims independence) 200,000 [60]
185  Kyrgyzstan 5,482,000 2009 [3]
186  Laos 6,320,000 2009 [3]
187  Somaliland (Somalia; claims independence) 3,500,000 [61]
188 (France) 6,125 January 1, 2009 [12]
189 342,000 2009 [3]
190  Equatorial Guinea 676,000 2009 [3]
191  Peru 29,461,933 June 30, 2010 [62]
192  Brazil 195704365 December 9, 2011 [63]
193  Chile 17333076 December 9, 2011 [64]
194  Sweden 9 366 092 May 30, 2009 Statistics Sweden
195  Uruguay 3,463,197 2009 [3]
196  Vanuatu 240,000 2009 [3]
197  Solomon Islands 523,000 2009 [3]
198  South Ossetia (Georgia; claims independence) 70,000 [65]
199  Zambia 12,935,000 2009 [3]
200  New Zealand 4,315,800 June 30, 2009 [66]
201  Finland 5397369 December 9, 2011 [67]
202  Sudan 39,154,490 April 22, 2008 [68]
203  Paraguay 6,349,000 2009 [3]
204  Angola 18,498,000 2009 [3]
205  Algeria 34,895,000 2009 [3]
206  Papua New Guinea 6,732,000 2009 [3]
207  Argentina 40,091,359 October 27, 2010 [69]
208  Somalia 9,133,000 2009 [3]
209  Belize 322,100 June 30, 2008 [70]
210  Pitcairn Islands (UK) 67 2009 [3]
211  New Caledonia (France) 244,410 January 1, 2009 [12]
212  Norway 4954590 December 9, 2011 [71]
213  Niger 15,290,000 2009 [3]
214  Saudi Arabia 28,146,658 2011 [3]
215  Mali 14,517,176 April 1, 2009 [72]
216  Republic of the Congo 3,998,904 2009 [3]
217  Turkmenistan 5,110,000 2009 [3]
218  Oman 2,845,000 2009 [3]
219  Bolivia 9,879,000 2009 [3]
220  Chad 11,274,106 June 2009 [73]
221  Russia 141,927,297 January 1, 2010 [74]
222  Niue (New Zealand) 2,000 2009 [3]
223  Central African Republic 4,422,000 2009 [3]
224  Kazakhstan 15,776,492 July 1, 2009 [75]
225  Gabon 1,475,000 2009 [3]
226  Libya 6,420,000 2009 [3]
227  Guyana 762,000 2009 [3]
228  Canada 33,740,000 November 23, 2010 [76]
229  Botswana 1,950,000 2009 [3]
230  Mauritania 3,291,000 2009 [3]
231  Suriname 520,000 2009 [3]
232  Iceland 317,900 April 1, 2010 Statistics Iceland
233  Australia 22977976 December 9, 2011 [77]
234  Namibia 2,171,000 2009 [3]
235  French Guiana (France) 187,056
236  Western Sahara (status disputed) 513,000 2009 [3]
237  Mongolia 2,671,000 2009 [3]
238  Falkland Islands (UK) 3,140 2009 [3]
239  Greenland (Denmark) 57,000 2009 [3][78]
Rank Country/Region of special position Population Date Last Updated Area
(km2)
Area
(mi2)
Density
(/km2)
Density
(/mi2)
Notes

Source: Unless otherwise specified (or unless entered in error without specifying the data source) figures for Population and Population Density figures are sourced from year 2005 data in United Nations World Population Prospects (2004 revision). Area figures given here are taken from various (usually unspecified) sources.

  • The European Union is a sui generis supranational union possessing "country-like" characteristics. The entity is composed of 27 member states. Its population density has been estimated at 112 people per km2, and it would be ranked 93rd if it were included in the list (population: 494,070,000, area: 4,422,773 km2). See also: List of regional organizations by population.
  • Macau, a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, has a higher population density than any entity on this list, with 520,000 people sharing an area of 29.2 km2—a population density of over 17,000 persons per km2.
  • The most densely populated sovereign nation is Monaco, with a population density of 16,754 people/km2.
  • Antarctica is a continent of 14,400,000 km2 in area with territorial claims from multiple countries that are not included elsewhere in the above table. With a population of roughly 1000, this results in a population density of ~0.00007 people per km2 (far below Greenland's density of 0.026). A peak summer population of ~5000 results in a density of ~0.00035.

England officially became the second most crowded major country in the EU in 2008, according to figures released by the British Office for National Statistics. Only Malta, an island city state with a population no bigger than that of Bristol, had greater population pressure.[79] Another study in 2010 by the British House of Commons library confirmed this, although their figures for the Netherlands differ from those used by the Luxembourg-based Eurostat, which uses just the land area and does not also count Dutch inland seas.[80]

See also