Monday, December 7, 2009

Population of World Cup 2010 Nations


Image from ByteLevel Research

These are the approximate/estimated populations of all the 2010 World Cup nations (in millions)

308 - United States
192 - Brazil
155 - Nigeria
128 - Japan
111 - Mexico
82 - Germany
65 - France
60 - Italy
52 - England
49 - South Africa
48 - Korea Republic
46 - Spain
40 - Argentina
35 - Algeria
24 - Ghana
24 - Korea DPR
22 - Australia
21 - CĂ´te d'Ivoire
20 - Cameroon
17 - Chile
17 - Netherlands
11 - Greece
11 - Portugal
8 - Honduras
8 - Switzerland
7 - Serbia
6 - Denmark
6 - Paraguay
5 - Slovakia
4 - New Zealand
3 - Uruguay
2 - Slovenia


TOTAL POPULATION BY GROUPS (in millions)

228 - GROUP A
254 - GROUP B
397 - GROUP C
135 - GROUP D
171 - GROUP E
75 - GROUP F
248 - GROUP G
79 - GROUP H


INTERESTING POPULATION FACTS

Most Populated Nation will play the Least Populated Nation
USA (308m) v Slovenia (2m)

The Only Game with Combined Population of less than 10 million
New Zealand (4m) v Slovakia (5m)

Only Two Games with two nations of 50 million or more
USA v England
Mexico v France

GROUP A (RSA, MEX, FRA, URU) and GROUP B (ARG, NIG, KOR, GRE) are the only two groups with 3 nations that have a population of 40 million or more

GROUP F (ITA, PAR, NZL, SVK) is the only group with 3 nations with a population of less than 10 million

Amazingly, the approximate difference in population between first round opponents Honduras and Switzerland is only about 70,000 people. Honduras (7,810,848) - Switzerland (7,739,100)

2 comments:

  1. This is some good info! Many thanks for putting it together. Certainly all of the best sides need a critical mass of population for talent and depth, but really it's amazing how competitive some of the smaller nations are (and embarrassing for some of the underachieving giants -- I'm looking your way Russia and China). India doesn't care so much about football so they're off the hook :)

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  2. Thank you for this compilation... I was starting to do it for my own edification, but thought someone else must have already done it... I am particularly impressed by Uruguay, only 3 million people, is now in the semi-final! The mouse that roared...

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