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List: Top Ten Most Densely Populated Countries in the World

Date: 2009

Source: ONS, UN, CIA World Factbook

Base: All countries with a population over 10 million (2009 estimates).

Notes: Bangladesh headed the list of top 10 most densely populated countries in the world in 2009, averaging 1,083 persons per sq km and comfortably ahead of the next most crowded country, Taiwan, which scored 639 persons per sq km. The Netherlands was the most densely populated European country at 402 people per sq km. The South-East region of England totals 8.3m people at 432 per sq km.

Country

Population

People per sq km

Bangladesh

156.0m

1083

Taiwan

23.0m

639

South Korea

48.5m

487

Netherlands

16.7m

402

Rwanda

10.5m

398

England

51.5m

395

India

1,166.0m

354

Belgium

10.4m

341

Japan

127.0m

336

Sri Lanka

21.3m

324

 

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