The 20 countries with the highest population growth rate in 2016 (compared to the previous year)

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Population growth compared to the previous year
South Sudan3.92%
Malawi3.32%
Burundi3.26%
Niger3.22%
Uganda3.22%
Burkina Faso3.01%
Mali2.96%
Zambia2.94%
Ethiopia2.88%
Iraq2.87%
Tanzania2.77%
Western Sahara2.76%
Benin2.75%
Angola2.72%
Togo2.66%
Qatar2.64%
Guinea2.62%
Cameroon2.58%
Madagascar2.54%
Rwanda2.53%
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This statistic shows the 20 countries with the highest population growth rate in 2016. In South Sudan, the population grew by about 3.92 percent compared to the previous year, making it the country with the highest population growth rate in 2016.


The global population

Today, the global population amounts to around 7 billion people, i.e. the total number of living humans on Earth. More than half of the global population is living in Asia, while one quarter of the global population resides in Africa. High fertility rates in Africa and Asia, a decline in the mortality rates and an increase in the median age of the world population all contribute to the global population growth. Statistics show that the global population is subject to increase by almost 4 billion people by 2100. The global population growth is a direct result of people living longer because of better living conditions and a healthier nutrition.

Three out of five of the most populous countries in the world are located in Asia. Ultimately the highest population growth rate is also found there, the country with the highest population growth rate is Lebanon. This could be due to a low infant mortality rate in Lebanon or the ever -expanding tourism sector. More importantly, Lebanon is also the country with the highest net migration rate in the world.

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