The United Nations-demarcated World Population Day on July 11 prompted a relook at the figure of the number of people in the world, and how each country is faring. The world’s population has now crossed eight billion, and it is projected that it will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. The world’s population was 2.8 billion in 1955.
India is set to become the most populous country in the world, overtaking China, this year, according to United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA’s) “State of World Population Report, 2023”. The report says that India’s population would be 1,428.6 million or 1.4286 billion compared to China’s 1.4257 billion. There will be 2.9 million more Indians than Chinese.
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