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Welcome to the 21st Century

1 China 1,330,141,295

2 India 1,173,108,018

3 United States 310,232,863

4 Indonesia 242,968,342

5 Brazil 201,103,330

6 Pakistan 184,404,791

7 Bangladesh 156,118,464

8 Nigeria 152,217,341

9 Russia 139,390,205

10 Japan 126,804,433

11 Mexico 112,468,855

12 Philippines 99,900,177

13 Vietnam 89,571,130

14 Ethiopia 88,013,491

15 Germany 82,282,988

The number that really jumps out at me is Ethiopia. I had no idea Ethiopia has one of the largest populations in the world. What also jumps out at me is the Indian subcontinent. Most of us know that India has the second largest population in the world. But Pakistan and Bangladesh -- the two other big parts of what was once the British Raj -- are number 6th and 7th respectively.

To see the rest of the list, all the way down to the Pitcairn Islands with population 48, click here.