Which European country has the largest population? In today’s article we look at the demographics of Europe. For the data from 1960 to 2020, data published by Eurostat and the World Bank have been used. From 2021 until 2100 different databases were used. European Countries by population.
Which European country has the largest population?
The country with the largest population in Europe in 2020 is Russia. With 144 million inhabitants, the Russian Federation is in first place. Russia is 61 million ahead of the second most populous European country, Germany.
The German nation has a total of 83 million inhabitants in 2020. In third place is France with over 67 million inhabitants, followed by the United Kingdom with 67 million. In fifth place is Italy, which will have a population of 59.5 million in 2020. The top 15 also include Spain, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Portugal. Portugal closes the ranking of the top 15 countries in Europe by number of inhabitants in 2020.
If we look at the situation 60 years ago, in 1960, the figures are very different. In 1960, the Soviet Union was at the top of the list. The USSR had a population of more than 210 million. In second place, also in 1960, was West Germany with 56,589,000 inhabitants. East Germany had a population of 17,188,000. In third place in Europe was the United Kingdom with 52,400,000 inhabitants. And in fourth place was Italy, which, at the height of its economic boom, had a rapidly growing population. In 1960, Italy had a population of 50,200,000 inhabitants.
Largest country in europe by population 2100
From 1960 to 2020, countries have changed. For example, 60 years ago Germany was divided into two nations. The Soviet Union, which held several states together, had more than 210 million inhabitants. When analysing the figures for the European nations with the largest populations in 2100, it is clear that these should be taken “with a grain of salt”. In any case, it is interesting to see how, according to the parameters used by the World Bank and Eurostat, the population will change in the next 80 years. Which country will have the most inhabitants in Europe in 2100?
In 2100 – if the states do not change – the world’s leading nation by population is still expected to be Russia. In fact, the Russian Federation is expected to have a population of 126 million by 2100. The second most populous European nation is expected to be the United Kingdom with over 78 million people. Germany’s figure is also positive at 74.7 million, followed by France with 65 million. In fifth place we find Italy, which – according to estimates – is expected to see its population drop to less than 40 million due to a low birth rate. Next comes Spain, which – again according to estimates – will see its population fall to 33.2 million inhabitants.
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