World Demography

This morning I had the time to scan through the world demography web page which published the July 07 estimates. Whilst Mauritius birth rate is given as 15.26 per 1000 population, it is worth to note that the top score is held by Niger at 50.16 per 1000 population, i.e over three times that of our country whilst Hong Kong trails at 7.34 per 1000 population i.e.half of our rate.


The world population stands at 6,602,224,175 with a growth of 1.167%. The sex ration figures are telling.

Sex ratio

at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.064 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.024 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.781 male(s)/female
total population: 1.014 male(s)/female (2007 est.)

These are some of the some indicators that interested me.


Christians 33.03% (of which Roman Catholics 17.33%, Protestants 5.8%, Orthodox 3.42%, Anglicans 1.23%), Muslims 20.12%, Hindus 13.34%, Buddhists 5.89%, Sikhs 0.39%, Jews 0.23%, other religions 12.61%, non-religious 12.03%, atheists 2.36% (2004 est.)


Mandarin Chinese 13.69%, Spanish 5.05%, English 4.84%, Hindi 2.82%, Portuguese 2.77%, Bengali 2.68%, Russian 2.27%, Japanese 1.99%, Standard German 1.49%, Wu Chinese 1.21% (2004 est.)
note: percents are for “first language” speakers only and therefore do not add to 100%


definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 82%
male: 87%
female: 77%
note: over two-thirds of the world’s 785 million illiterate adults are found in only eight countries (India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Egypt); of all the illiterate adults in the world, two-thirds are women; extremely low literacy rates are concentrated in three regions, South and West Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Arab states, where around one-third of the men and half of all women are illiterate (2005 est.)


#1 Olivier on 06.29.07 at 11:21 pm

that is very interesting. I wonder how many people are left unaccounted for.

There are many pockets of underground culture everywhere.

Mauritius is 69 in GDP per capita, however we are not in the top 100 for GDP growth rate.

Are we beating inflation at the moment?

#2 Olivier on 06.29.07 at 11:23 pm

I have my answer: no.

according to the same site, Mauritius is #42 at 8.9%.

This is humongous! It looks like its a slippery slope.

#3 joseph on 07.01.07 at 10:25 am

According to today news papers Sunday, the minister of Finance, Rama Sithanen accepts that the only battle that he has not won was that of inflation. Le seul point noir du Early Harvest was the WeekEnd title of Rama’s Press conference. You are right. Creeping inflation is the evil today. In his interview, “There are hope of better days on this score soon” says Rama,whilst maintaining that these external factors are beyond his control: Petrol prices,drought in Australia causing a rise in prices for milk & cereals,higher world demand in rice & cereals…Meanwhile it would seem that the only solution would be earn more to pay more…

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