The world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050 as India becomes the largest country, the United Nations has reported.
In 35 years’ time, there will be an extra 2.4 billion people in the world owing to high fertility rates in a handful of countries.
The UN predicts that the figure will rise to 11.2 billion people by 2100.
Between 2015 and 2050, half of the growth will be concentrated in India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, United Republic of Tanzania, the United States, Indonesia and Uganda.
India will surpass China as the country with the greatest population around 2022, and Nigeria is predicted to have more people than the US by 2050.
The number of people living in 28 African countries is also expected to double, and by 2100 several countries will see a fivefold increase in their population.
Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia are all expected to see their populations boom by at least a factor of five. Read more
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