Table 1

World Population Comparisons : 1950 to 2000

[Source : CIA - The World Factbook]


Year World Population Persons
Per Sq. KM
1950   2,556,517,137   19.5  
2000   6,081,527,896   46.4  
% change   237.88%   237.95%  


A Few Well Developed Countries' Population Figures : 1950 to 2000

No. Country 1950 2000 % change
1 UK 50,127,000 59,522,468 118.74%
2 Belgium 8,639,369 10,263,618 118.80%
3 Germany 68,374,572 82,187,909 120.20%
4 Italy 47,105,000 57,719,337 122.53%
5 Denmark 4,271,000 5,337,416 124.97%
6 Sweden 7,014,005 8,923,569 127.23%
7 Finland 4,008,900 5,168,595 128.93%
8 Norway 3,265,126 4,492,400 137.59%
9 France 41,828,673 59,381,628 141.96%
10 Japan 83,805,000 126,699,784 151.18%
11 Switzerland 4,694,000 7,266,920 154.81%
12 US 152,271,000 282,338,631 185.42%
13 Canada 14,011,422 31,278,097 223.23%

Sorted in ascending order of % Change


A Few Rainforest Nations' Population Figures : 1950 to 2000

No. Country 1950 2000 % change
1 Guyana 427,971 755,171 176.45%
2 Suriname 208,068 429,323 206.34%
3 Indonesia 82,978,392 224,138,438 270.12%
4 Bolivia 2,766,028 8,152,620 294.74%
5 Brazil 53,443,075 175,552,771 328.49%
6 Peru 7,632,500 25,979,722 340.38%
7 Colombia 11,591,658 39,685,655 342.36%
8 Ecuador 3,369,955 12,505,204 371.08%
9 Belize 65,797 247,887 376.75%
10 Congo(Kinsasha) 13,568,762 52,021,832 383.39%
11 Costa Rica 866,982 3,710,558 427.99%
12 Venezuela 5,009,006 23,542,649 470.01%
13 Fr. Guiana 25,516 172,605 676.46%

Sorted in ascending order of % Change

Remarks :

1] Population has increased both in the developed countries and the rainforest nations between the years 1950 and 2000.

2] The population increase in the selected developed countries is less than the world figure of 237.88%

3] The population increase in the selected rainforest nations is more than the world figure of 237.88%, except in the case of Guyana and Suriname.


Comparison of Number of Persons per Square Kilometer

A Few Well Developed Countries' Figures : 1950 to 2000

No. Country 1950 2000 % change
1 Canada 1.5 3.4 226.67%
2 Norway 10.6 14.6 137.74%
3 Finland 13.1 16.9 129.01%
4 US 16.6 30.8 185.54%
5 Sweden 17 21.7 127.65%
6 France 76.7 108.8 141.85%
7 Denmark 100.8 126 125.00%
8 Switzerland 118 182.7 154.83%
9 Italy 160.2 196.3 122.53%
10 Germany 195.2 234.6 120.18%
11 UK 207.5 246.4 118.75%
12 Japan 212.3 321 151.20%
13 Belgium 285.8 339.5 118.79%


A Few Rainforest Nations' Figures : 1950 to 2000

No. Country 1950 2000 % change
1 Fr. Guiana 0.3 1.9 633.33%
2 Suriname 1.3 2.7 207.69%
3 Guyana 2.2 3.8 172.73%
4 Bolivia 2.6 7.5 288.46%
5 Belize 2.9 10.9 375.86%
6 Venezuela 5.7 26.7 468.42%
7 Peru 6 20.3 338.33%
8 Congo(Kinsasha) 6 22.9 381.67%
9 Brazil 6.3 20.8 330.16%
10 Colombia 11.2 38.2 341.07%
11 Ecuador 12.2 45.2 370.49%
12 Costa Rica 17.1 73.2 428.07%
13 Indonesia 45.8 123.7 270.09%


Sorted in ascending order of No. of persons per Sq. Km of 1950

Remarks :

1] Among the selected well developed countries only Canada, Norway, Finland, US and Sweden were having No. of persons less than those of the world figures of 19.5 and 46.4 for 1950 and 2000. All other countries were having figures in excess of the world figures for both 1950 and 2000.

2] All the selected rainforest nations except Indonesia were having less number of persons per square kilometer in both 1950 and 2000 with one exception - Costa Rica's number for the year 2000 (73.2) was more than the world figure of 46.4.