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Lowest Population Density, 2011

The Least-settled Countries on Earth

Population density is a simple function of how many people, on average, live in a given area of a country. Density is a quick and reliable way of gauging how urbanized a country is—more and bigger cities tend to equal a higher density. There are a few caveats to this: the densest countries tend to be very small, as in a small country even a single city would drive up the average density by a huge amount; and, in countries with large unsettled areas, it might not adequately convey how densely settled the populated parts of the country are. These figures are from 2017, the most current data available.

Rank
Country
Population Density
Population
Area
1
Greenland (Denmark)
0.03/km2
55,877
2,166,000 km2
2
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
0.04/km2
2,655
61,399km2
3
Falkland Islands
0.21/km2
2,563
12,173km2
4
Pitcairn Islands
1.2/km2
56
47.3km2
5
Tristan da Cunha (UK)
1.3/km2
266
207km2
6
Mongolia
1.9/km2
3,000,000
1,564,1002
7
Western Sahara
2.3/km2
567,421
252,120km2
8
French Guiana
2.8/km2
244,118
86,504km2
9
Namibia
2.9/km2
2,413,643
825,118km2
10
Australia
3/km2
25,259,928
7,692,024km2

Source: United Nations DESA.

 

NOTE: Country rankings of the type presented below cannot pretend to be definitive; instead they aspire only to provide the reader with an approximation of the high and low ends on a particular scale. Country data vary enormously depending on the sources, and the absence of reliable data on some countries requires their omission, which further skews the results.Only countries for which statistics were available figure in these lists.

 

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