Overall, there are slightly more men than women in the world. The ratio was skewed in favor of men for the first time around 1960. There are now 101.7 men for every 100 women, according to 2019 estimates by the United Nations. While the difference on a global scale seems small, it varies significantly from country to country.
Men and women are distributed unevenly around the world. Of the 201 nations for which the UN has population data, 125 have more women, but the percentages vary from 50.1% to 54.2%. Former Soviet countries and several island nations are among the countries where women outnumber men.
In many Middle Eastern nations and parts of Northern Africa, by contrast, there are more men than women, with the sex ratio far more more striking in some cases. Female residents make up just 24.6%, 30.9% and 34.0% of the population in Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman, for example.
While the special administrative region of Hong Kong is second-place on this list, China — famous for its now abandoned one-child policy — is at the other end of the scale. In 2014 the country had a ratio of 121.2 boys for every 100 girls, compared to a natural sex ratio at birth of 105 boys for every 100 girls. (Men die earlier — and this is perhaps why — so you need a few more for balance.)
Many of the countries where men out number women are also among the worst countries for gender equality.
In time for World Population Day, marked every year on July 11 to raise awareness about urgent population issues, 24/7 Tempo identified the top 25 countries with more women than men, using data from the United Nations Population Division.