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Top 10 least populous African nations by the middle of 2023



  • Midway through 2023, Business Insider Africa lists the top 10 least populous African nations.
  • Thanks to World Population Review, this list is available.
  • As of August 2023, the population of Africa is 1,463,378,937.

In a world where many regions are becoming increasingly concerned about overpopulation, certain countries deal with the opposite issue: low population. A low population might present its own set of advantages and disadvantages, but rapid population expansion frequently creates problems for the economy, society, and environment.

A nation classified as low-population has a notably lower population density relative to its total land area. Although the exact definition varies, low-population countries are commonly defined as those having a population density of less than 100 persons per square kilometer or a total population of less than 10 million.

Achieving sustainable economic growth, changing demographics with an increased percentage of senior residents, and inadequate infrastructure because of a lack of labor are some of the difficulties associated with a low population, in addition to other less obvious problems. Conversely, a small population has certain advantages, such as protecting the environment, allowing for flexible government, and fostering a deeper feeling of community. Even though the population of Africa is among the fastest-growing in the world, the continent is no stranger to these advantages and difficulties.

Africa has the youngest population of any continent and one of the fastest-growing economies in the world right now. It has a few nations that rank among the most populous in the world according to region. The most recent United Nations estimates place Africa’s population as of August 2023 at 1,463,378,937. The population of Africa makes up 17.89% of the global population.

Ten of these nations—Africa’s least populous—are listed below. Nevertheless, other African nations are merely immune to the advantages and difficulties of a fast expanding population.

2Sao Tome And Principe232,19548th
3Western Sahara588,61763rd
4Cape Verde599,36164th
9Equatorial Guinea1,719,08583rd
10Guinea Bissau2,155,59687th
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