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Graphs showing time trends in mortality rates

Population of the 10 most populous countries,

all ages: 1950-2010

Graph showing population of 10 largest countries in world, all ages

Notes: These were the world's 10 most populous nations in 2005. Cumulatively their population was 3.9 billion, or 60% of the world total: 1.31 billion in China, 1.13 billion in India, and 1.44 billion across the other eight.

Between 1950 and 2005, Pakistan and Nigeria's populations more than quadrupled; Bangladesh, Brazil and India's more than tripled; and China's more than doubled. The population increase in the US was 90%, in Japan it was 50%, and in Russia it was 40%. Russia's population has been declining, though, since 1993, and Japan's may have peaked in 2007.

Source of data: United Nations Population Division, "World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision".

WHO mortality rates for particular countries, ages and causes of death