Croatia's Population to Drop to 2.5 Million, Says Latest UN Report

Croatia's Population to Drop to 2.5 Million, Says Latest UN Report”

According to a United Nations report launched recently, Nigeria's population, which is now the 7th largest in the world, is expected to surpass the United State's to become the 3rd largest by 2050.

At that rate, the global population will reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, it said.

Here are five African countries that will contribute the most to the world's population growth.

The report estimated the world's population would grow by about 83 million people each year, with rapid population growth in Africa.

With 83 million people added to the world's population every year, Nigeria's population is the fastest growing among the 10 most populous countries in the world.

With an estimated population of more than 180 million people, Nigeria experienced annual population growth of about 2.7 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the United Nations. "Because of their large numbers, their childbearing will contribute to a further increase of population even assuming that they will bear fewer children on averatge than their parents' generation".

Coupled with the high fertility rate factor, cases of early motherhood and falling mortality rates are expected to blow up the country's population figures.

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Home to four of the world's fastest-growing cities, it has been described as an economic powerhouse. By 2050 seven of the world's 20 most populous nations will be African.

The country had an annual population growth of 3.2% between 2010 and 2015.

From 2010 to 2015, Tanzania experienced an annual population growth rate of 3.2 percent, and its population is predicted to exceed 130 million by 2050.

A common influential factor in the expected growth of these nations is high fertility rates.

Check out the full World Population Prospects 2017 report here.

The country has the fifth highest fertility rate in the world, posting an average of 5.8 births per woman in 2016.

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