Top 10 Fastest Growing Countries by Population Growth Rate in 2017

Today we will let you know about top 10 countries which have fastest growth rate of their population. Is large population a boon or curse for any country, it is a different and comprehensive topic so we will not dive into this at this time. Here by making the list of top 10 fastest growing countries by population our aim is to make you only just aware of this that which country has highest population growth rate. Population growth rate is important with respect to the current population of any country. As some country are experiencing some bad impact of decrease of population less on the other hand some are experiencing same by their population increases. So if any country have less population then higher population growth rate is good for that. Now let us the countdown begin of the top 10 fastest growing countries by population in the world.

List of Top 10 Fastest Growing Countries by Population Growth Rate

Below list is based on the report by UN (2010–2015) and Here we have mentioned the average growth rate from year 2010 to 2017 (july), country’s global rank in population, density as people per square kilometre and expected population in 2030.

10. Angola

Outside the railway station in Benguela Angola
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Angola is an Southern African country. The capital of Angola is Luanda and official language is Portuguese. Angola has vast mineral and petroleum reserves due to this its economy is among the fastest growing in the world. Except petroleum reserves this country produces a rich amount of diamonds, oil, gold and copper. Angola is 22nd largest country in the world by area. It is twice the size of France or Texas.
Population growth rate: 20.39%
Population in 2017: 26,655,513
Population in 2010: 25,789,024
Expected population in 2030: 39,351,000
Global rank: 50
Density (P/Km²): 21

9. Iraq

Iraq - second from top with 3.60% growth rate
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Iraq is a country in Western Asia. Baghdad is the capital and largest city of this country. Iraq was under British rule for 17 years and gained independence from Britain on October 3, 1932. Saddam Hussein was the most famous and well known person of this country, he invaded Iran in 1980. Iraq is among the top three date-producing countries in the world. At present Iraq ranks number 36 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population and its population density is 89 per square kilometres.

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Population growth rate: 25.22%
Population in 2017: 38,654,287
Population in 2010: 30,868,156
Expected population in 2030: 54, 071,000
Global rank: 36
Density (P/Km²): 89

8. Uganda

Uganda - 8th from top with 3.66% growth rate
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Uganda is an Eastern African country. This country is a best place for the tourists who love wildlife. As Uganda is one of the poorest countries, the economic condition of many people in the country is not stable. A study has stated that nearly half of the population in the country survives on less than a dollar every day but the people are very happy and cheerful. The famous fruit and sport of Uganda are banana and soccer respectively.
Population growth rate: 25.65%
Population in 2017: 41,652,938
Population in 2010: 33,149,417
Expected population in 2030: 61,929,000
Global rank: 34
Density (P/Km²): 209

7. Burundi

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Burundi is a small country in east central Africa. Burundi’s capital is Bujumbura. Its total area is 27,830 square kilometres. The wildlife of this country includes elephants, hippopotamus, crocodiles, buffalo, baboons, and antelopes. Like Uganda banana is the most common food of this country. Burundi ranks number 77 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population. Burundi is the second poorest country in the world.

Population growth rate: 26.16%
Population in 2017: 11,936,481
Population in 2010: 9,461,117
Expected population in 2030: 17,357,000
Global rank: 77
Density (P/Km²): 465

6. South Sudan

South Sudan
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South Sudan is a landlocked country in northeastern Africa that gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Juba is the capital and English is the official language of this country. The country’s wildlife includes lions, leopards, and cheetahs as well as elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffalo, hippopotamuses and warthogs. Here the riverbanks are filled with Mosquitoes. Economically South Sudan is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world. Its economy heavily dependent on agriculture. South Sudan is the main exporter of timber to the international market. The population density in South Sudan is 13.33 per square kilometres.
Population growth rate: 30.23%
Population in 2017: 13,096,190
Population in 2010: 10,056,475
Expected population in 2030: 17,810,000
Global rank: 75
Density (P/Km²): 21

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5. Niger

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Niger, officially Republic of Niger landlocked western African country. The capital of Niger is Niamey. The country takes its name from the Niger River, which flows through the southwestern part of its territory. Niger is a developing country. The Niger mining industry is the main source of national exports, of which uranium is the largest export. Its population is equivalent to 0.29% of the total world population and it ranks number 57. The population density in Niger is 17 per square kilometres.

Population growth rate: 32.36%
Population in 2017: 21,563,607
Population in 2010: 16,291,990
Expected population in 2030: 35,966,000
Global rank: 57
Density (P/Km²): 17;

4. Qatar

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Qatar is a sovereign country located in Western Asia. The capital of this country is Doha. Islam is the official religion and Qataris are largely Sunni Muslims. The area of Qatar is small and almost rectangle in shape, 180km from from north to south and 80 km from east to west. Arabian oryx is the national animal of Qatar. After World War II, The export of petroleum products transformed the Qatar’s economy and citizen of this country are enjoying worlds highest per capita income with no income tax. The population density of Qatar is 176 per square kilometres.

Population growth rate: 32.43%
Population in 2017: 2,338,085
Population in 2010: 1,765,513
Expected population in 2030: 2,781,000
Global rank: 144
Density (P/Km²): 201

3. Kuwait

Kuwait - third from top with 3.66% growth rate
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Kuwait is a Western Asian country. Kuwait City is the capital and Islam is the religion of this country. Kuwait is largely a desert. According to the constitution, all natural resources in the country are state property. Kuwait currently pumps 2.9 million bpd and its full production capacity is a little over 3 million bpd. It has a high income economy backed by the world’s sixth largest oil reserves. The Kuwaiti dinar is the highest valued currency in the world.

Population growth rate: 34.00%
Population in 2017: ~3 892,00
Population in 2010: 3,059,473
Expected population in 2030: 4,987,000
Global rank: 130
Density (P/Km²): 230

2. Lebanon

Lebanon - third from top with 3.66% growth rate
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Lebanon is a sovereign state in Western Asia. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south. Beirut is the capital of Lebanon. Here majority of the population follow Islam. In terms of economy Lebanon has a very high level of public debt and large external financing needs. The 2010 public debt exceeded 150.7% of GDP, ranking fourth highest in the world as a percentage of GDP, though down from 154.8% in 2009. Lebanon is a very common name appeared 70 times in Old Testament and Jesus Christ made his 1st miracle here. Lebanon has second highest population growth rate (5.60% P.A) in the world form 2010 to 2017.
Population growth rate: 39.24%
Population in 2017: 6,039,277
Population in 2010: 4,337,156
Expected population in 2030: 5,291,674
Global rank: 112
Density (P/Km²): 590

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1. Oman

Oman - is on top with 8.72% growth rate
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Oman is an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Muscat is the capital of Oman and 75% of population is Islamic here. It is said that Oman is also one of the oldest human-inhabited places on the earth. Terrorism does not exist in Oman and crime rate is very low. In 2017, Oman is in the list of top five countries with highest per capita income in the world. Like Qatar, the people of Oman also do not pay income tax. Oman is a substantial oil producer. Oman is a small country with 309,500 km2 of its land area. As Oman’s population is small, the highest population growth rate is not bad for this country. With 8.72% annual growth rate Oman is in the top of the list of Top 10 Fastest Growing Countries by Population Growth Rate.
Population growth rate: 61.06%
Population in 2017: 4,741,305
Population in 2010: 2,943,747
Expected population in 2030: 5,237,931
Global rank : 125
Density (P/Km²): 15


The above list is just an overview of all listed counties and does not contains causes of higher population growth rate. But as summarise it can be said that Africa is the fastest-growing major area in the world in term of population growth rate.


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