These are the countries with the highest population density in the world

Many times we confuse the extent of a country or the net amount of population with population density. Today we explain through an interesting cartogram which are the most densely populated countries in the world.

Demographic density is nothing other than the number of people per square kilometer living in a certain place. The term is also known as relative population, to differentiate it from the absolute, which simply corresponds to the specific number of inhabitants in each territory.

While authors such as FJ Monkhouse define population density as the average population per surface unit in a given territory, the Rioduero Dictionary of Geography suggests that the average number of inhabitants of a country living on a surface unit (km2 ), although it does not usually reflect reality faithfully, since within each geographical enclave the differences are usually notable. The formula for calculating density is as follows:

Globally, the average population density is 25 people per square kilometer but there is a world between some areas and others. Thus, many of the small islands or isolated states of the world have large populations for their size. Macao, Monaco, Singapore, Hong Kong and Gibraltar are the five most densely populated. In the case of Singapore, the region has almost 8,000 people per km2, more than 200 times denser than the United States and 2000 times more than Australia.

The 7 countries of the world with less population

Of the largest countries, Bangladesh is the most densely populated with 1,252 people per square kilometer. In this way, multiply by three the density of its neighboring India. It is followed by Lebanon (595), South Korea (528), the Netherlands (508) and Rwanda (495 per km2) in the ranking of the top five.

Through the following interactive map you can consult through the mouse pointer which are the least populated countries in the world. Clicking on each region to know the density, expressed by colors from pale yellow to dark green. Greenland is the least dense, with less than 0.2 people per km2, followed by Mongolia, Namibia, Australia and Iceland.

If we want to understand how people are distributed throughout the world, another useful tool is the population map: a geographical presentation of the world where the size of the countries is not drawn according to the distribution of the land, but according to The distribution of people. You can also check in the graph the population growth of any country in each decade since 1961.