How many people are projected to live on the planet in 2040?

It is estimated that there will be approximately 9.25 billion people on the planet by the year 2040, even with a declining rate of growth.

Why is the growth rate declining?

A big reason why the rate of growth is slowly declining is because people are delaying marriage longer. Also, the wide availability of contraception is having a positive impact on decreasing the number of unwanted births.

What top five countries will have the largest populations in 2050?


2050 Projected Population


1.8 billion


1.4 billion

United States

420 million


325 million


313 million

Which country has the most neighbors?

China is bordered by 13 neighbors: Mongolia, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. Russia is next in line, as it shares its border with 12 other countries. Brazil is third with nine neighbors.

Which country has the longest coast line?

The coastline of Canada and its associated islands is the longest in the world, about 151,400 miles (243,603 kilometers) long. Russia, which is the largest country in the world, has the second longest coastline at about 23,400 miles (37,651 kilometers).

Which countries have the fewest neighbors?

All island nations (such as Australia, New Zealand, Madagascar, etc.) have no neighbors. Haiti, Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, Ireland, UK, and many others are island nations that share an island.

Which non-island nations have the fewest neighbors?

There are 10 non-island countries that share a land border with just one neighbor: Canada (neighboring USA), Monaco (France), San Marino (Italy), Vatican (Italy), Qatar (Saudi Arabia), Portugal (Spain), Gambia (Senegal), Denmark (Germany), Lesotho (South Africa), and South Korea (North Korea).

How does a city get chosen to host the Olympics?

The International Olympic Committee chooses a city as an Olympic site through a complex process. Cities (and their countries) are judged on many characteristics, including environmental protection, climate, security, medical services, immigration, housing, and many others. Cities eagerly spend millions of dollars in construction and preparation for possible selection as a host city, as an investment in the city's future.

How is a capital different from a capitol?

The capital is a city and the capitol is a building. The capitol is located in the capital. To remember the difference, think about the "o" in capitol as being the dome of a capitol building. Capital cities are often the largest cities in a country or region.

Barcelona, Spain, hosted the Olympics in 1992. Hosting the Olympics is a matter of national pride and brings economic benefits, such as the jobs made from building this stadium.

Barcelona, Spain, hosted the Olympics in 1992. Hosting the Olympics is a matter of national pride and brings economic benefits, such as the jobs made from building this stadium.

What did the average European know about the world in the Middle Ages?

In Europe in the Middle Ages, most individuals' knowledge of the world was quite limited. Geographic knowledge developed by the Greeks and Romans (who knew the Earth was a sphere) was all but lost in Europe. Europeans of the time thought of the world as flat and composed of only Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Where is the third world?

Originally, the third world referred to those countries that did not align themselves with the United States (first world) or the Soviet Union (second world) during the Cold War. Over time, the term took on different meanings and has come to refer to less-developed or developing nations, which are the more preferred terms.

What is the largest landlocked country in the world?

Kazakhstan, which is the ninth largest country in the world, has no outlet to the ocean. It is over one million square miles (2.59 million square kilometers) in area. While Kazakhstan is located adjacent to the Caspian Sea, the Caspian Sea is a landlocked sea.

Where are cyberspace and the Internet?

Cyberspace is not space in the old-fashioned sense of the word at all. The Internet is composed of millions of computers around the world, which are connected to each other in order to provide information across cyberspace as though there were no global boundaries, mountain passes, or oceans to cross. When you send e-mail to a friend on the other side of the planet, it passes from your computer to that of your Internet service provider and then from computer to computer, making its way to your friend in a matter of seconds. Similarly, when you access a page on the World Wide Web, your computer tells another computer which tells another computer that you want such and such document delivered to your computer, and it arrives in seconds. Some geographers measure and map cyberspace by looking at where most of the Internet's traffic flows though, to, and from.

What countries have the most Internet usage?

Country Internet Users

United States 211 million

China 162 million

Japan 86 million

Germany 50 million

India 42 million

Brazil 39 million

Which countries restrict Internet access to what is deemed unfavorable content by their governments?

The following countries filter or restrict content that their citizens can access on the Internet: Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Myanmar, China, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen.

What is geographic illiteracy?

In 1989, the National Geographic Society commissioned a survey to find out how much Americans and residents of several other countries knew about the world around them. Unfortunately, American youths scored the worst. Swedes knew the most about world geography. The media subsequently reported the "geographic illiteracy" of the American population. Due to the attention given to this problem, geographic education has since become a greater priority for educators.

What is the National Geographic-Roper Public Affairs Geographic Literacy Study?

This study assesses the geographic knowledge of young American adults between the ages of 18 and 24. The survey also asks respondents how much they think they know about geography and other subjects, as well as their views on the importance of geographic, technological and cultural knowledge in today's world.

What were the results of the 2006 National Geographic-Roper Public Affairs Geographic Literacy Study?

The 2006 study is the latest in a series of surveys commissioned by the National Geographic Society, with the most recent previous wave being conducted in 2002. The countries that scored highest in the Poll were Sweden, Italy, and France. The United States and Mexico scored the lowest.

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