Answer to “How many of the world’s ten largest countries can you name?”"

As promised yesterday, here’s the list of the world’s ten largest countries in population order, along with leaders’ names:

Rank Country Population Last Updated % of World Population Leader
1 China 1,338,156,900 5/10/09 19.87% Hu Jintao
2 India 1,164,200,000 6/7/09 17.16% Pratibha Patil
3 United States 306,573,000 6/7/09 4.52% Barack Obama
4 Indonesia 230,330,000 6/1/09 3.42% Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
5 Brazil 191,401,196 6/7/09 2.81% Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva
6 Pakistan 166,579,500 6/6/09 2.47% Asif Ali Zardari
7 Bangladesh 162,221,000 2.41% Zillur Rahman
8 Nigeria 154,729,000 2.3% Umaru Musa Yar’Adua
9 Russia 141,814,578 6/6/09 2.11% Dmitry Medvedev
10 Japan 127,630,000 2/1/09 1.9% Taro Aso

Nearly 40% of the world’s population (4 out of every 10 people on Earth) live in China or India. How many countries did you name? I was surprised that some countries I expected to be in the top ten are actually not even close. If you’d like to see a more complete list, check out this article on wikipedia, which is the source for the table above.

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