World Population by Country in 1979

In 1979, the world reached a total population of 4,365,582,871 and ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณChina was the most populous country that year, with a total of 968,298,969 people. Followed by ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณIndia, with the second largest population globally of 681,248,383 people in total. The country with the lowest population count for the year was ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆHoly See with only 734 people.

The geographic region with the largest population in 1979 was Asia with a total population of 2,585,588,185 people, closely followed by Africa with a population of 467,975,884, and Latin America and the Caribbean with a population of 354,316,510 people recorded for the year.

When devided into sub-subregions we can see that Southern Asia had the largest populous of 921,236,596 people on record. Followed by Eastern Asia with a population of 1,165,090,839, and South-Eastern Asia with 346,595,825 people in the sub-region.

If we devide the global population into income groups we can see that Middle-income countries had the largest population with a total of 3,174,961,990 people. While the lowest population for 1979 was found in No income group available with a population of 14,965,902 people in that segment.

Countries with the Largest Population in 1979

Country Population Overall Population Change +/-
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณChina 968,298,969 13,716,852
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณIndia 681,248,383 15,252,540
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธUnited States of America 220,463,115 2,648,634
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉIndonesia 144,693,086 3,465,771
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บRussian Federation 137,510,309 766,864
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ทBrazil 119,447,303 2,811,879
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตJapan 116,765,509 910,658
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉBangladesh 81,908,151 1,933,161
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชGermany 77,915,727 -145,432
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐPakistan 77,407,341 2,837,462
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌNigeria 70,750,307 2,155,110
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝMexico 65,972,912 1,834,434
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งUnited Kingdom 56,265,154 43,883
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นItaly 56,070,678 175,704
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทFrance 53,428,781 266,341
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณViet Nam 51,831,388 983,569
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆUkraine 49,739,734 239,178
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญPhilippines 47,154,232 1,264,112
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญThailand 44,760,091 954,916
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ทTรผrkiye 43,187,476 886,859
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌEgypt 42,632,458 1,087,084
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ทRepublic of Korea 37,737,918 415,301
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ทIran (Islamic Republic of) 37,205,013 1,279,120
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธSpain 37,188,965 306,791
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑPoland 35,188,357 342,394
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡นEthiopia 34,758,824 273,175
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒMyanmar 32,821,779 638,323
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆSouth Africa 28,697,014 759,635
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ทArgentina 27,584,134 440,566
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉDemocratic Republic of the Congo 25,902,760 864,326
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ดColombia 25,579,323 584,934
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆCanada 24,219,124 274,264
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ดRomania 21,993,493 141,438
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆMorocco 19,167,661 496,334
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟUnited Republic of Tanzania 18,698,636 612,030
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟAlgeria 18,166,981 551,356
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผChina, Taiwan Province of China 17,793,465 309,574
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ตDem. People's Republic of Korea 17,719,172 251,886
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ชPeru 17,059,185 424,881
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฉSudan 15,973,034 681,805
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ชKenya 15,620,614 547,205
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟUzbekistan 15,558,907 392,282
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ตNepal 15,238,564 355,343
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ชVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 14,788,524 419,347
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐSri Lanka 14,680,387 268,250
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บAustralia 14,520,527 167,908
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑNetherlands 14,040,286 90,061
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟKazakhstan 13,957,795 210,618
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถIraq 13,233,830 405,098
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌUganda 13,011,511 282,086
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ซAfghanistan 12,986,369 -138,028
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พMalaysia 12,875,010 334,361
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญGhana 11,515,675 359,786
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑChile 11,304,330 165,071
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟMozambique 11,127,844 386,292
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บHungary 10,692,714 27,433
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟCzechia 10,241,204 41,187
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ชBelgium 9,814,136 15,715
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บCuba 9,774,711 38,814
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พBelarus 9,756,248 61,697
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡นPortugal 9,686,178 105,285
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆSaudi Arabia 9,682,002 479,423
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ทGreece 9,194,178 112,924
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌBulgaria 8,974,427 12,658
๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ชYemen 8,899,922 295,371
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌMadagascar 8,692,288 254,063
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พSyrian Arab Republic 8,600,747 294,060
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชSweden 8,296,034 15,395
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒCameroon 8,243,376 229,889
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ดAngola 8,043,218 278,192
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎCรดte d'Ivoire 7,996,368 301,895
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จEcuador 7,922,490 211,670
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธSerbia 7,726,497 54,716
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡นAustria 7,547,481 -7,588
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑMali 7,218,079 149,610
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡นGuatemala 6,814,717 169,014
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซBurkina Faso 6,749,938 177,477
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผZimbabwe 6,655,833 157,930
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณTunisia 6,416,191 161,494
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟAzerbaijan 6,297,208 84,969
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญSwitzerland 6,294,186 18,434
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญCambodia 6,051,808 231,268
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผMalawi 6,029,140 230,317
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ชNiger 5,987,152 182,269
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ดDominican Republic 5,625,864 130,092
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ดBolivia (Plurinational State of) 5,610,380 125,060
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณSenegal 5,564,474 134,897
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒZambia 5,553,462 164,213
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡นHaiti 5,536,423 109,218
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ดSomalia 5,408,813 730,336
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐDenmark 5,119,418 8,093
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ชGeorgia 5,111,667 33,168
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผRwanda 5,074,374 163,360
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐSlovakia 4,930,968 47,387
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณGuinea 4,885,199 83,934
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐChina, Hong Kong SAR 4,872,752 104,999
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎFinland 4,764,568 13,193
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ทCroatia 4,657,517 22,576
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ปEl Salvador 4,433,040 84,777
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฉChad 4,402,942 103,296
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆBosnia and Herzegovina 4,165,511 33,688
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฎBurundi 4,137,437 78,178
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ธSouth Sudan 4,092,792 97,836
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ดNorway 4,072,653 12,801
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉRepublic of Moldova 4,067,626 35,365
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฏTajikistan 3,932,682 113,311
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏBenin 3,732,394 98,321
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑIsrael 3,675,789 67,437
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณHonduras 3,662,736 113,945
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌKyrgyzstan 3,619,838 70,514
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡นLithuania 3,491,432 30,655
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชIreland 3,351,898 40,870
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑSierra Leone 3,300,032 65,828
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆLao People's Democratic Republic 3,233,700 58,967
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎNicaragua 3,214,311 83,466
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ทPuerto Rico 3,166,208 49,990
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟNew Zealand 3,142,539 249
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒArmenia 3,097,058 44,022
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฌPapua New Guinea 3,041,902 62,420
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พParaguay 2,999,415 77,116
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พUruguay 2,940,729 13,962
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡งLebanon 2,902,164 58,609
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑAlbania 2,888,763 53,880
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡พLibya 2,816,917 144,054
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฒTurkmenistan 2,794,392 68,439
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌTogo 2,761,240 71,597
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ปLatvia 2,556,222 15,538
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ซCentral African Republic 2,390,328 24,667
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌSingapore 2,358,229 37,814
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ทCosta Rica 2,349,258 64,244
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ดJordan 2,138,078 72,944
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒJamaica 2,106,937 27,268
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆPanama 1,911,814 44,772
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎSlovenia 1,884,595 17,357
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐNorth Macedonia 1,879,354 27,654
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ทLiberia 1,875,566 55,675
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌCongo 1,788,218 40,945
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณMongolia 1,657,448 39,774
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ทEritrea 1,613,829 43,309
๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐKosovo (under UNSC res. 1244) 1,551,605 35,309
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ชEstonia 1,468,656 8,391
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ทMauritania 1,463,514 42,311
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธState of Palestine 1,412,626 39,596
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ผKuwait 1,412,266 83,186
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธLesotho 1,368,917 38,267
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡นTrinidad and Tobago 1,112,310 16,003
๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒOman 963,351 52,440
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆNamibia 957,334 23,888
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บMauritius 940,034 14,631
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ชUnited Arab Emirates 908,452 105,379
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผBotswana 893,500 44,857
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ผGuinea-Bissau 821,598 6,351
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พGuyana 774,482 4,951
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆGabon 730,188 18,437
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒGambia 695,155 22,838
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พCyprus 671,610 7,681
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฑTimor-Leste 634,549 6,440
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏFiji 628,859 15,556
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ชMontenegro 583,338 5,899
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟEswatini 579,092 19,155
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ชRรฉunion 544,471 7,040
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡นBhutan 402,063 13,087
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ทSuriname 377,362 -4,866
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บLuxembourg 362,932 778
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญBahrain 346,696 15,873
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ถMartinique 333,254 575
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ตGuadeloupe 333,221 1,156
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡นMalta 330,472 3,163
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฒComoros 318,123 10,344
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ปCabo Verde 313,996 2,329
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฏDjibouti 302,856 23,260
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ถEquatorial Guinea 273,925 5,304
๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆQatar 260,368 16,908
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡งBarbados 252,334 1,284
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ดChina, Macao SAR 245,604 -453
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธIceland 225,853 2,432
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡งSolomon Islands 225,786 7,737
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธBahamas 219,426 4,376
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณBrunei Darussalam 181,951 5,874
๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ธSamoa 163,489 1,446
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ปMaldives 160,326 4,404
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ซFrench Polynesia 158,563 4,896
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผCuraรงao 156,572 306
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡จNew Caledonia 146,947 1,667
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟBelize 141,823 3,013
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จSaint Lucia 119,463 2,085
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บVanuatu 115,344 2,963
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡บGuam 107,790 2,137
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡จSaint Vincent and the Grenadines 106,882 593
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ญWestern Sahara 104,591 14,042
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ดTonga 96,506 238
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉGrenada 95,242 -596
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡นSao Tome and Principe 95,018 2,299
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฎUnited States Virgin Islands 94,237 3,097
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ชJersey 74,857 276
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฒMicronesia (Fed. States of) 74,114 2,162
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฒDominica 72,768 266
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จSeychelles 64,662 599
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌAntigua and Barbuda 64,608 347
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ซFrench Guiana 64,200 2,585
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒIsle of Man 63,172 850
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ผAruba 62,006 264
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฎKiribati 59,775 1,034
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฒBermuda 53,456 -35
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌGuernsey 52,993 -131
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฑGreenland 49,761 63
๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡นMayotte 49,647 2,458
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ณSaint Kitts and Nevis 43,278 -220
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ดFaroe Islands 42,506 544
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉAndorra 34,142 1,532
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ธAmerican Samoa 32,045 615
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ญMarshall Islands 30,902 1,020
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎGibraltar 28,618 124
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จMonaco 26,834 259
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎLiechtenstein 24,616 415
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒSan Marino 21,087 265
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฐCook Islands 17,733 -83
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ตNorthern Mariana Islands 16,494 307
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡พCayman Islands 16,378 649
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ผPalau 12,300 -97
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฝSint Maarten (Dutch part) 11,542 700
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ธMontserrat 11,519 -42
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ถBonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba 11,363 170
๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ซWallis and Futuna Islands 10,909 390
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฌBritish Virgin Islands 10,876 152
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ทNauru 7,586 44
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ซSaint Martin (French part) 7,572 210
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ปTuvalu 7,552 196
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡จTurks and Caicos Islands 7,332 211
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฎAnguilla 6,548 7
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ญSaint Helena 6,344 51
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฒSaint Pierre and Miquelon 6,086 26
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡บNiue 3,733 -97
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฑSaint Barthรฉlemy 2,913 80
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฐFalkland Islands (Malvinas) 2,256 -15
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฐTokelau 1,649 3
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆHoly See 734 -1

What was the world population in 1979?

In 1979, the world population was 4,365,582,871 according to data collected by individual countries and compiled by The United Nations.

Data Information

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Data Sources

The United Nations - Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Population Division)

UN Revision of World Population Prospects 2022

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