The world’s youngest countries are all in Africa, according to data from the United Nations’ World Population Prospects 2019.
The data shows that Africa has a young population and this could birth great opportunities for the continent, especially with the advent of young Africans doing exceptionally great in different spheres of life across the globe.
But such a large number of young people can also present some challenges in terms of jobs and investments in health, education, among others.
Even though the world’s population is ageing, thanks to some medical technologies, some countries are still disproportionately young.
According to data from the United Nations’ World Population Prospects 2019 report, 19 of the world’s 20 youngest countries are in Africa, and the following are the top 5 from the continent:
By 2020, Niger is set to have the world’s youngest population with a median age of just 15.2-years-old.
The country also has the world’s highest birth rate, with every woman having an average of 7.2 children in her lifetime. Niger’s population is set to triple by 2050.
Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa with a median age of 16.3-years-old by 2020.
Mali has a population of 19,765,243, based on the latest UN estimates. Mali’s population is equivalent to 0.25% of the total world population.
The country is s bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest, and Niger to the west.
The Republic of Chad is set to have a median age of 16.6-years-old with a current population of 16,033,509, based on the latest United Nations estimates. Chad’s population is equivalent to 0.21% of the total world population.
The current median age among the population of Somalia “is only 18 years of age, with a life expectancy of 52.8 years of age overall.” Males are expected to live to approximately 50 years, with females expected to live approximately 54 years.
By 2020, Somalia is set to have the world’s 4th youngest population with a median age of 17.7-years-old.
Uganda is a country with rich wildlife that includes chimpanzees, as well as, rare birds.
By 2020, Uganda’s population should reach 47,188,000 and also increase to 105,698,000 people by 2050, with a median age of 20.6-years-old.