List of Arab countries by population

This is a list of Arab countries and territories by population, which is sorted by the 2015 mid-year normalized demographic projections.

Present

RankCountry
(or dependent territory)
July 1, 2015
projection[1]
% of
pop.
Average
relative
annual
growth
(%)[2]
Average
absolute
annual
growth
[3]
Estimated
doubling
time
(Years)[4]
Official
figure
(where
available)
Date of
last figure
Source
1 Egypt90,046,00022.732.291,981,0003195,953,000August 25, 2018Official population clock
2 Algeria40,100,00010.252.07808,0003440,400,000January 1, 2016Official estimate
3 Sudan38,435,0009.873.071,146,0002338,435,2522015Official estimate
4 Iraq36,575,0009.392.901,030,0002436,575,0002015Official estimate
5 Morocco[5]33,680,0008.651.24412,0005633,337,529September 1, 2014Preliminary 2014 census result
6 Saudi Arabia31,521,0008.102.44751,0002931,521,4182015Official estimate
7 Yemen26,745,0006.872.95766,0002424,527,000July 1, 2012Official estimate
8 Syria23,270,0005.982.45557,0002921,377,000December 31, 2011Official estimate
9 Somalia14,372,0003.951.54166,0004512,316,895July 29, 2016
10 Tunisia11,118,0002.861.04114,0006710,982,754April 23, 2014Preliminary 2014 census result
11 United Arab Emirates9,500,0002.762.75183,000269,500,0002015Official Census 2015
12 Jordan8,933,0002.291.57138,000459,531,712 November 30, 2015Official Census 2015
13 Libya6,278,0000.541.1370,000625,298,152April 15, 20062006 census result
14 Palestine[6]4,683,0001.202.92133,000244,550,3682014Official estimate
15 Lebanon4,288,0001.101.7875,000394,965,846December 31, 2013Official estimate
16 Oman4,181,0001.075.13204,000144,403,100August 25, 2018Official population clock
17 Kuwait4,161,0001.073.00121,000234,183,658June 30, 2015Official estimate
18 Mauritania3,632,0000.932.4386,000293,718,6782016Official estimate
19 Qatar2,113,0000.544.2987,000162,412,483October 31, 2015Monthly official estimate
20 Bahrain1,781,0000.467.35122,000101,234,571April 27, 2010Final 2010 census result
21 Djibouti942,000
22 Comoros795,000
Total397,148,000

Past and Future

RankCountry1950200020502100
1 Egypt21,198,00065,159,000137,873,000200,802,000
2 Algeria8,893,00030,639,00055,445,00061,060,000
3 Sudan6,468,00027,068,00059,130,000127,328,000
4 Iraq5,164,00023,129,00076,520,000163,905,000
5 Morocco[7]9,344,00028,114,00042,027,00040,888,000
6 Saudi Arabia3,860,00021,312,00046,817,00047,586,000
7 Yemen4,778,00017,236,00046,081,00052,244,000
8 Syria3,496,00016,515,00031,226,00038,098,000
9 Somalia2,438,0007,501,00022,627,00058,311,000
10 Tunisia3,518,0009,508,00012,181,00012,494,000
11 United Arab Emirates72,0002,458,0008,019,00013,389,000
12 Jordan562,0004,786,00011,412,00014,147,000
13 Libya962,0005,025,0008,971,0008,144,000
14 Palestine[8]1,018,0003,111,0007,770,00015,516,000
15 Lebanon1,365,0003,835,0005,622,0004,741,000
16 Oman489,0002,433,0005,402,0005,751,000
17 Kuwait145,0001,973,0003,864,0006,484,000
18 Mauritania1,006,0002,501,0006,537,00013,059,000
19 Qatar26,000640,0002,559,0003,170,000
20 Bahrain115,000655,0001,848,0001,602,000
21 Djibouti80,000670,0001,396,0001,126,000
22 Comoros149,000546,0001,170,0002,307,000
Total75,146,000274,814,000594,497,000892,152,000

Notes

  1. Calculated, when available, from the latest national censuses or most recent official estimates (many of which are cited in their respective column), using the exponential formula shown on the List of countries by past and future population article. This is done to normalize the different populations to a unique date, so that they are really comparable.
  2. It corresponds to the following formula: projection2015/projection2014x100-100.
  3. It corresponds to the calculation: projection2015*annual_growth/100.
  4. It corresponds to the formula: LN(2)/LN(growth/100+1), which produces exactly the same result as LOG10(2)/LOG10(growth/100+1).
  5. It excludes the population of the disputed territory of the Western Sahara (the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. If it was included, the Moroccan September 2014 census would result in 33,848,242 inhabitants and its mid-2015 demographic projection would give some 34,198,000 inhab.
  6. It comprises the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, separated between each other by Israel.
  7. It excludes the population of the disputed territory of the Western Sahara (the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. If it was included, the Moroccan September 2014 census would result in 33,848,242 inhabitants and its mid-2015 demographic projection would give some 34,198,000 inhab.
  8. It comprises the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, separated between each other by Israel.

See also

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