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India’s population to peak 1.7bn in 2060
United Nation, May 5 (Agencies):
Published on 5 May. 2011 10:40 PM IST
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According to population projections released by the UN, India’s share in the world’s population will peak in 2030.
India’s population is projected to peak at 1.718 bn in 2060, after which it will decline. At its peak, India will be the most populous country there has ever been or probably ever will be. India’s share in the world’s population will peak in 2030 after which it will decline, and the growth in the world’s population from then on will be fuelled by Africa.
China at its peak in 2025 will have 1.395 bn people. In fact, when China peaks, India will have already surpassed it in population.
India’s population will begin to decline only in 2060, a full 35 years after China. By the turn of the century, India’s population, though declining, will be almost double that of China. The latest numbers come from the UN’s 2010 revision of the World Population Prospects. The last revision was in 2008. The “medium variant” for 2010 – the population projections based on national trends, which is neither the best nor worst-case scenario – produces a world population in 2050 of 9.31 billion, that is 156 million larger than the 2008 revision.
At the turn of the century, the world will have 10.1 billion people. On October 31 this year, the world will have its seven billionth person.

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