India has become the most populated country in the world with an estimated population of over 1.425 billion people.
According to new figures from the United Nations’ Population Division, as at April 2023, estimated India’s number of residents is expected to reach 1,425,775,850.
That means the nation now officially holds the record for highest population, country.
India has surpassed China, which had a peak of 1.426 billion inhabitants in 2022, followed by a decline. China had held the record ever since the UN started keeping track of population sizes around the globe in the 1950s. Surprisingly, India has overtaken China despite being almost three times smaller.
India has an area of 3.287 million sq km (1.269 m sq mi), while China covers a whopping 9.597 m sq km (4 m sq mi).