Are you a demographer?

Question number 1

Hom many people live on planet Earth?

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1 About 7.6 million

2 About 7.6 bilion

3 About 760 bilion

The right answer is no.2 :

The world population is around 7.6 bilion in 2017

Question number 2

The world population

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1 is increasing

2 is stable

3 is decreasing

The right answer is no.1 :

The world population is increasing by 1.1% each year (in 2017)

Question number 3

What is the most densely populated continent ?

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1 Europe

2 Africa

3 Asia

The right answer is no.3 :

Asia has long been the most densely populated continent (In 2017, 60% of the world’s inhabitants live in Asia, ie 4.5 billion)

Question number 4

Human length of life

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1 is increasing

2 is stable

3 is decreasing

The right answer is no.1 :

Length of life, which is also the age at death, is 71 years on average across the world (in 2015). It has risen sharply over the last century (it was around 35 years in 1900 and 45 years in 1950) and still increasing.

Question number 5

For every 1,000 babies born in the world, how many die before age 1 ?

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1 98

2 43

3 7

The right answer is no.2 :

In 2015,for every 1,000 babies born, 48 die before reaching their first birthday (one on 21). This is a world average, and there are big differences from one continent to another: 90 per thousand in Africa compared with 7 per thousand in North America.

Question number 6

Which continent has the lowest populaton density ?

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1 Asia

2 Africa

3 Oceania

The right answer is no.3 :

Population density is lowest in Oceania, with 4.8 inhabitants per square kilometre(km²) in 2017, compared with 42.4 inhabitants per km² in Africa and 145.1 inhabitants per km² in Asia.

Question number 7

Across the world, women are having

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1 fewer and fewer children

2 more and more children

3 the same number of children

The right answer is no.1 :

Fertility decreased from 5 children per woman on average in 1950 to 2.5 in 2015, and is still declining.

Question number 8

The world population is

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1 getting younger

2 stable in terms of average age

3 getting older

The right answer is no.3 :

The world population is ageing, the proportion of old people is increasing and that of young people is failing.

Question number 9

What is the world’s most populated country ?

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1 India

2 China

3 United States

The right answer is no.2 :

According to UN, China, with 1.4 bilion inhabitants in 2017 is the world’s most populated country.

Question number 10

On what contient is population increasing most quicky ?

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1 Asia

2 Africa

3 South Amercia

The right answer is no.2 :

The population is increasing by 2.6% each year in Africa, compared with 1.1% in South America and in Asia (in 2010).

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Question number 1

What is the world’s most populated city ?

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1 New York

2 Toyko

3 Mexico City

The right answer is no.2 :

According to UN, Tokyo, with an urban agglomeration totalling 38 milion inhabitants in 2014 is the world’s biggest city.

Question number 2

What is likely to be the world’s most populated country in 2050 ?

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1 China

2 India

3 Brazil

The right answer is no.2 :

Under the United Nations medium projection, India will be the world’s most populated country in 2050, with almost 1.7 bilion inhabitants, ahead of China with 1.3 bilion and Brazil with 233 milion.

Question number 3

How many babies are born in the world every second ?

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1 1

2 4

3 40

The right answer is no.2 :

Four babies are born every second. For the 1.5 bilion women of childbearing age in the world, this represents a lifetime total of 2.5 children per woman.

Question number 4

In the world, what is the ratio of boys to girls among newborns ?

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1 boys outnumber girls

2 boys and girls are born in equal numbers

3 girls outnumber boys

The right answer is no.1 :

More boys are born than girls. Up to the 1980s, the ratio was 105 boys for 100 girls. It has risen since then to 107 boys per 100 girls in 2015 due to the selective abortion of female foetuses in Asia.

Question number 5

What country has the highest life expectancy ?

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1 Switzerland

2 United States

3 Japan

The right answer is no.3 :

In Japan, life expectancy at irth is 83.3 years (in 2010), compared with 82.7 years in Switzerland and 78.9 years in the United States.

Question number 6

Which of these countries is most densely populated ?

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1 The Netherlands

2 Canada

3 India

The right answer is no.1 :

The population density of a country is expressed as a number of inhabitants per unit of surface area. The population of the Netherlands is much smaller than that of India, but because it is smaller in size, the population density is higher : 505.2 inhabitants per km² in 2017 versus 450.4 in India. The population density of Canada in 2017 is 4 inhabitants per km².

Question number 7

By how much does the world population increase each year ?

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1 8.3 million

2 83 million

3 830 million

The right answer is no.2 :

The world population increases by 83 million inhabitants (1.1%) each year.

Question number 8

What percentage of the world population is urban ?

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1 Below 50%

2 50%

3 Above 50%

The right answer is no.3 :

More than half the world’s inhabitants live in a town or city (54% in 2014) up from just 10% in 1900. It is expected to increase to 66% by 2050.

Question number 9

Who live longer, men or women ?

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1 men

2 women

3 no difference between men and women

The right answer is no.2 :

Women, in 2015, they lived 73 years on average, comparend with 69 years for men.

Question number 10

What proportion of the world population lives in Africa ?

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1 1 inhabitant in 6

2 1 inhabitant in 12

3 1 inhabitant in 18

The right answer is no.1 :

L’Afrique abrite en 2017 un habitant sur six, soit 17 % de la population mondiale. D’après les projections moyennes des Nations Unies, elle en abriterait 40 % en 2100, soit deux habitants sur cinq.

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Question number 1

What are the world’s three most populated countries, in order ?

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1 China, India, United States

2 India, China, United States

3 China, United States, India

The right answer is no.1 :

China is the world’s most populated country, with just over 1.4 billion inhabitants, just ahead of India with more than 1.3 billion. The United States are fare behind, with slightly more than 300 million inhabitants.

Question number 2

How many cities in the world had more than 10 million inhabitants in 2014?

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1 8

2 28

3 38

The right answer is no.2 :

According to the United Nations, there were 28 urban agglomerations with more than 5 millions inhabitants in 2014. There were only 10 in 1950.

Question number 3

In the world population, what is the ratio of males to females ?

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1 more males than females

2 the same number of males and females

3 more females than males

The right answer is no.1 :

Men slightly outnumber women (102 males for 100 females in the world in 2015). More boys than girls are born (107 boys per 100 girls). The proportion then decreases with age because boys or men die more than girls or women overall. So there are as many men as women at 50, and more women than men beyond.

Question number 4

How many people die in the world every second ?

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1 2

2 20

3 200

The right answer is no.1 :

Around two people on Earth die every second. The exact number is 1.8, making a total of 153,000 per day and 56 million per year (2010). This represents around 8 annual deaths per 1,000 population.

Question number 5

What are the world’s three most populated cities, in order ?

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1 Shanghai, Tokyo and Delhi

2 Tokyo, Delhi and Shanghai

3 Delhi, Mexico and Shanghai

The right answer is no.2 :

They are at first Tokyo, whose agglomeration has 38 million inhabitants in 2014 according to United Nations statistics, then Delhi and Shanghai, with respectively 25 and 23 millions.

Question number 6

In the world, the population aged under 15 represents :

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1 almost one person in four

2 almost one person in five

3 almost one person in ten

The right answer is no.1 :

There are 1.96 billion under-15s in the world, which is almost 25% of the 7.55 billion total inhabitants (in 2015).

Question number 7

In which of these countries is life expectancy shortest ?

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1 Bangladesh

2 Ivory Coast

3 Senegal

The right answer is no.2 :

According to the United Nations, life expectancy is 51.7 years in Ivory Coast compared with 65.7 years in Senegal and 71.2 years in Bangladesh (in 2017).

Question number 8

What percentage of the world’s population lives outisde the country where they were born ?

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1 3%

2 10%

3 30%

The right answer is no.1 :

The UN estimates 232 million migrants in 2013, that is, people who reside outside their homeland. This is equivalent to 3.2% of the world’s population.

Question number 9

By how much does the world population increase each day ?

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1 2,000

2 200,000

3 20 million

The right answer is no.2 :

The world population grows by 200,000 every day.

Question number 10

How old was Jeanne Calment, the world’s longest-living woman, when she died ?

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1 102

2 112

3 122

The right answer is no.3 :

Jeanne Clament, a Frenchwoman, died in 1997 at The age of 122.

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