People > Population > CIA Factbook: Group totals

DEFINITION: This entry gives an estimate from the US Bureau of the Census based on statistics from population censuses, vital statistics registration systems, or sample surveys pertaining to the recent past and on assumptions about future trends. The total population presents one overall measure of the potential impact of the country on the world and within its region. Note: starting with the 1993 Factbook, demographic estimates for some countries (mostly African) have explicitly taken into account the effects of the growing impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These countries are currently: The Bahamas, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


World 7.09 billion 2008
Emerging markets 3.93 billion 2008
Hot countries 3.53 billion 2008
Former British colonies 2.45 billion 2008
Cold countries 2.27 billion 2008
East Asia and Pacific 2.15 billion 2008
Religious countries 2.04 billion 2008
Christian countries 1.89 billion 2008
Non-religious countries 1.73 billion 2008
South and Central Asia 1.62 billion 2008
South Asia 1.51 billion 2008
Muslim countries 1.4 billion 2008
Heavily indebted countries 1.02 billion 2008
High income OECD countries 954.5 million 2008
Catholic countries 841.89 million 2008
Sub-Saharan Africa 801.85 million 2008
Europe 741.43 million 2008
Group of 7 countries (G7) 665.78 million 2008
failed states 585.64 million 2008
Latin America and Caribbean 574.95 million 2008
NATO countries 517.28 million 2008
Sparsely populated countries 496.19 million 2008
Former Spanish colonies 459.59 million 2008
Landlocked countries 446.57 million 2008
European Union 431.45 million 2008
Former French colonies 395.98 million 2008
Middle Eastern and North Africa 360.74 million 2008
OPEC countries 355.43 million 2008
Eastern Europe 325.49 million 2008
Former Soviet republics 284.04 million 2008
Eurozone 259.76 million 2008
Tourist destinations 117.42 million 2008

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