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This is a list of countries and dependent territories ranked by population density, measured by the number of
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inhabitants per square kilometer or
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, and also sortable by total area and by population. The list includes
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based upon the
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standard
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. The list also includes unrecognized but de facto independent countries. The figures in the following table are based on areas including internal bodies of water such as bays, lakes, reservoirs and rivers. The list does not include entities not on
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, except for
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. Thus constituent countries that are not included on
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, and other entities not on
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like the
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, are not included. Figures used in this article are mainly based on the latest censuses and official estimates or projections. Where these are unavailable, projections provided by the Population Division of the
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are used.


Main table

Areas and populations sourced from the
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, unless otherwise noted. * indicates "Demographics of COUNTRY or TERRITORY" links.


Most populous countries by density

The table below is the subset of the above, restricted to countries with at least 8,000,000 people (see also
List of countries and dependencies by population This is a list of countries and dependencies by population. It includes sovereign state A sovereign state is a political entity A polity is an identifiable political entity—any group of people who have a collective identity, who are organ ...
).


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References

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