Since 1989, the global community has been observing ‘World Population Day’ on every July 11. The day is aimed at focusing our attention on the importance of population issues. Here are a few interesting facts about population:

  1. There are over 7.4 billion people on earth today.
  2. The most common first name in the world is Mohammed.
  3. If Facebook were a country, it would be the most populous nation on earth having about 2.38 billion active users.
  4. According to the UN’s data for 2015, around 21.3 million people across the world are refugees.
  5. 54 per cent of them come from three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.
  6. 3 million have been forced out of their homes. Among the 21.3 million refugees, over half of them are under the age of 18.
  7. 10 million people have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
  8. It took 200,000 years for humans to reach 3 billion in number and it took 40 years for the next 3 billion.
  9. Over 65,000 Japanese are 100 years old or older.
  10. The population of London in 2015 exceeds its 1939 population by only one person.



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