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    Country (or Dependency)
    Population (2020)
    Yearly Change
    0.72 %
    1.08 %
    0.93 %
    1.42 %
    • Least Populous Countries
    • Comparison to Other Continents
    • South America's Population Growth

    By far the least populous country in South America is the non-sovereign Falkland Islands of the United Kingdom, which has a population in 2013 of just 3,000 people. This archipelago has an area of 12,173 square kilometers (4,700 square miles), and its population consists mostly of native Falkland Islanders, most of British descent. French Guiana follows the Falkland Islands as the second least populous country of the continent with an estimated 2013 population of 259,000. The least populous sovereign country in South America is Suriname (or Surinam), with a 2013 population of 539,000. Located in northern South America, the country is bordered by Brazil to the south, French Guiana to the east, Guyanato the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the north. Suriname is also the smallest sovereign state in the region with just 165,000 square kilometers (64,000 square miles) of land, and it's the only independent country in the Americas that speaks Dutch. The 5 least populous countries in South...

    South America has a total land area of 17.84 million square kilometers (6.89 square miles), which makes it fourth in terms of area (behind Asia, Africa and North America) and fifth in terms of population (after Asia, Africa, Europeand North America). Despite being one of the smallest and least populous continents, South America is the third most populous with an average of 73 people per square mile. This compares to Asia with a population density of 203 people per square mile, and Europe with 134 people per square mile. The population density of South America as a whole compares to the population density of the entire United States of 76 people per square mile.

    As a whole, South America enjoys strong growth with an overall growth rate of over 1% per year. The region has a relatively low migration rate with high fertility and a high birth rate. South America currently has a very high proportion of children under 15 years, and many of its countries are enjoying high annual economic growth rates as high as 8% in the case of Argentina, while unemployment remains fairly low. As a whole, only Boliviahas a population growth rate above 1%, while the vast majority of South American countries are growing at a rate of 1% per year. Meanwhile, the Falkland Islands, Guyana and Uruguay are at a 0% growth rate. This means South America's population should continue growing steadily and modestly until 2060, when it will stabilize with a population of about 218 million.

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    • Africa. After Asia, Africa is the largest and most populous of the seven continents. It is perhaps the most diverse in terms of cultures, languages, and people groups, some of which are still untouched by Westernization and modernity.
    • Asia. This continent is the largest of the seven, with 30% of the earth’s land mass and 60% of its population. It is connected to the main land mass of Europe, with the border defined somewhat by the Ural Mountains that run through Russia and the Bosphorus that cuts through Turkey.
    • Europe. Of all the seven continents, Europe has the second-smallest landmass (after Australia), but its people and culture have done more to shape the entire world than those from any other continent.
    • North America. In terms of land mass, North America is the third-largest of the seven continents. It also has just three countries including Canada, the United States of America, and Mexico.
  3. Jul 29, 2020 · Population of Asia (0.83%), South America (0.81%) and North America (0.76%) are increasing with almost similar rate. Eleven subregions have growth rate above 1%. Europe is the only continent with modest growth rate of 0.06% as lowest three ranked subregions are located in Europe.

    • 29 Jul 2020
    • UN (World Population Prospects 2019)
    • Asia
    • Africa
    • Europe
    • North America
    • South America
    • Australia/Oceania
    • Antarctica

    Asia is the world's most populous and most extensive continent, accounting for 60% of the global population and 30% of Earth’s land mass. As of 2019, the continent had an estimated population of 4.58 billion people. Asia occupies four-fifths of the Eurasian supercontinent and is divided politically into 50 countries. The continent also includes the world's three most populated regions: Southern Asia, Eastern Asia, and Southeastern Asia. Additionally, Asia includes the world's two most populated countries, China and India. Although China is currently the world's most populous country, based on current growth rates, the population of Indiais expected to surpass China by 2025.

    Africais the second most populous and second most extensive continent, with an estimated population of 1.3 billion in 2019. Africa consists of 54 sovereign states and nine territories. The continent is growing so fast that its population doubled in just 27 years. Additionally, African countries are registering high population growths due to high fertility rates and limited access to family planning.

    Europe occupies the westernmost part of the Eurasian supercontinent. It is separated from Asiaby the Ural River, the Black and Caspian seas, the Ural and Caucasus mountains, as well as waterways that connect the Aegean and Black seas. Europe has an estimated population of 738 million and encompasses a total area of 3.93 million sq mi, which represents 6.8% of Earth’s land mass. However, Europe has the slowest growth rate, with a value of 0.08% annually.

    North America has an estimated population of 580 million, which represents 7.79% of the global population. The continent's three largest countries, Canada, the United States, and Mexico, account for approximately 90% of North America's population. Although Canada is the most extensive country in North America, it accounts for only 6% of the continent's population.

    South America has an estimated population of 422.5 million and consists of 12 sovereign countries, the Falkland Islands (a British overseas territory), and French Guiana (an overseas department of France). Brazil is the most populous country in South America, with a population of 201 million, followed by Colombia (47 million), and Argentina(41 million).

    Australia is the world's smallest continent. It includes the island nation of Australia as well as the islands of Tasmania and New Guinea. The continent has an estimated population of 38.3 million accounting for about 0.54% of the world's population. The continent of Australia is often intermixed with the geographic region of Oceania which includes the island of New Zealandas well as several thousand Pacific islands.

    Antarcticais the least populated continent, with an estimated population of only 1,106 people. In fact, there are no permanent inhabitants in Antarctica due to the harsh weather conditions. Instead, most people in Antarctica are considered semi-permanent inhabitants who work as researchers in various research stations.

    • Asia, the Largest Continent. Asia is by far the largest continent in the world, spanning 17.2 million square miles (44.6 million square kilometers). Being the largest geographically also puts Asia at an advantage population-wise, as having 4.6 billion of the world's 7.7 billion-person population.
    • Africa. Africa is No. 2 on both lists: population and size. In area, it spans 11.6 million square miles (30 million square kilometers). Its population is estimated at 1.3 billion.
    • North America. North America is where area and population diverge in their rankings because this continent's population is not growing as fast as Asia's.
    • South America. South America is the fourth-largest continent, spanning 6.9 million square miles (17.8 million square kilometers). It is fifth on the world population list, with 431 million people living there.
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