Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Asia and the World Population

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2004/02/data/index.htm

Among the 6.4 billion people living in this world, the population from the "East Asia & Pacific" accounts for 35% of them, while "South & West Asia" accounts for another 24%. However, "Central Asia" accounts for only 1% of the World population. Together, about 60% of humanity is Asian.

Off-course, China's 1.3 billion people already account for 39% of East Asia & Pacific. India's 1.1 billion people also account for 71% of South & West Asia. In fact, almost 2/3 (63%) of this Asian population is either Chinese or Indian.

The Western population (North American & Western Europe) accounts for 12% of the World population. As much as 40% of these Westerners live in the USA.

There are 690 million people living in Sub-Saharan Africa (11% of the World). 21% of them live in Nigeria.

Latin America & the Carraibean is also a significant part of the world in terms of population with 540 million people (8% of the World). More than half of them (52%) either live in Mexico or in Brazil.

The population in Eastern & Central Europe accounts for 6% of the world's population. More than 1/3 (35%) of these people are Russians.

The Arab States complete this world population with less than 280 million people (4.4%). 25% of Arabs are Egyptians.


For the past 10 years, most of the growth of the World population came from Asia (60%). The idea that Sub-saharan Africa and Arab States are fueling this growth is therefore partly a myth. If it is true that these populations are growing faster than the other ones, they still account for less than 20% of the World.

If we could get a picture of the world population, it would be something like that: There are 100 people watching a movie in a theatre:
34 persons from East Asia & Pacific
24 persons from South & West Asia
12 Westerners
11 Africans
8 persons from Latin America & the Carribean
6 persons from Central & Eastern Europe
4 Arabs
1 person from Central Asia

More specifically:
21 Chinese + 4 Indonesians + 2 Japanese + 1 Filipino + 1 Vietnamese + 1 Thai + 1 Burmese + 1 Korean (from South Korea) + 2 other persons from East Asia & Pacific
18 Indians + 2 Pakistanese + 2 Bengladeshis + 1 Iranian + 1 other person from South & West Asia
5 Americans + 1 German + 1 French + 1 British + 1 Italian + 1 Spanish + 2 other persons from North America or Western Europe
2 Nigerians + 1 Ethiopian + 1 Congolese + 1 South African + 1 Tanzanian + 5 other Africans
3 Brazilians + 2 Mexicans + 1 Columbian + 2 other persons from Latin America
2 Russians + 1 Turkish + 1 Ukranian + 2 other persons from Central or Eastern Europe
1 Egyptian + 1 Sudanese + 2 other Arabs
1 person from Central Asia

2 Comments:

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Sean from DocintheBox said...

The numbers are shifting towards the rest of the world about who is going to be the economic powerhouse 20 years down the road. Most of my nation is still blind to the numbers that you're showing but everybody thinks that where they're at is the center of the universe. I should be down there around the New Year, I'll keep you updated. Take care.

 
At 3:13 AM, Blogger Sailom said...

Thanks for your comments. I will soon post more statistics on "economic power" around the world. The source will remain the IMF's World Economic Outlook database. Take care.

 

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