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India to overtake China as world's most populous nation by 2028

India will overtake China as the world's most populous country by 2028, according to a UN population report released this week.

The report, based on global fertility surveys, says that the sub-continent's population will continue to rise, reaching a staggering 1.62 billion by the year 2050 before declining to around 1.54 billion by the turn of the century.

Researchers say that an elderly population that will live longer will be the main contributor to the country's population growth.

Life expectancy at birth is set to rise from 64.9 years this year to 80.6 in 2100, which will be just under par with the rest of the world.

The report also revealed that India has one of the world's worst male to female ratios with 107 men to every 100 women, a figure bettered by all of the country's regional neighbours.

Globally, the current population of 7.2 billion is set to rise by 1 billion in just the next 12 years with that figure rising to 9.5 billion by 2050, as the number of people over the age of 60 more than doubling.

Africa's population is set to also more than double  from 1.1 billion to 2.4 billion in 2050 whilst Europe's population will decline by 14%.

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