10 Countries Where Women Far Outnumber Men

Did you know that there are around 113 countries in the world where women outnumber men? It's true! In some cases, the difference is only a few hundred people, but in others, there are thousands or even tens of thousands of more women than men. So why do these countries have so many more women than men? And what does this mean for the future of those countries? Keep reading to find out the answers to these questions, and the top 10 countries where women outnumber men!

#1 Nepal- 54.19%

Nepali Women
Nepali Women

Nepal is a predominantly patriarchal society in South Asia with a population of roughly 29 million people. Of these, approximately 54.19 percent are women. This means that Nepal has one of the highest ratios of women to men in the world.

There are several reasons for this discrepancy. One is that, on average, women have a higher life expectancy than men. In Nepal, a woman’s life expectancy is 73 years, while a man’s life expectancy is only 70 years. This difference is due to a variety of factors, including biological differences and cultural norms regarding health and nutrition.

Another reason for the high number of women in Nepal is out-migration. Due to economic opportunities and political instability, many Nepali men have left the country in search of a better life. This has resulted in a "brain drain" of sorts, with a large number of highly skilled men leaving Nepal.

And lastly, one of the reasons for more females than males is a higher life expectancy at birth in females.

#2 Latvia- 53.12%

Latvian Women
Latvian Women 

Latvia is a country where women far outnumber men. More precisely, 53.12 percent of the population is female. This is due to the high early male mortality rate which is caused by a number of factors, including a higher incidence of accidents and suicide, and a higher prevalence of risky behaviors such as smoking and drinking. This means that Latvian women often find themselves in the position of being the breadwinners for their families.

#3 Lithuania- 53.71%

Lithuanian Woman
Lithuanian Woman

Lithuania is a country where women far outnumber men. According to recent statistics, the population of women is 53.71 percent. This means that men make up 46.29 percent of the population. The reason for this is that women tend to live longer than men. In Lithuania, the life expectancy for women is 81 years, while for men it is only 70 years.

#4 Ukraine- 53.67%

Ukrainian Woman
Ukrainian Woman

Ukraine is a country located in Eastern Europe that is known for its beautiful landscapes and architecture. It is also a country where women far outnumber men. This is because a lot of men died during World War II. The percentage of women in Ukraine is 53.67 percent.

#5 Russia- 53.65%

Russian Woman
Russian Woman

In Russia, women outnumber men by a huge margin. 53.65 percent to 46.35 percent respectively. This is due to a variety of factors, including lifestyle choices and World War II.

The Soviet Union was one of the most brutal regimes in history. Millions were killed or sent to labor camps. This had a profound impact on the demographics of the country. Men were more likely to be killed in the war or sent to prison, so the ratio of women to men became skewed.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many Russians began to adopt Western lifestyles. This included working long hours and drinking heavily. These habits took their toll on Russian men, who have a shorter life expectancy than their female counterparts.

The situation in Russia is not unique. In many countries around the world, women outnumber men. This is often due to factors such as war, disease, and lifestyle choices. In Russia, these factors have combined to create a situation where women far outnumber men.

#6 Belarus- 53.44%

Women in Belarus
Women in Belarus- Image Credit SviatlanaLaza via Shutterstock

In Belarus, women outnumber men (53.44 percent to 46.56 percent) due to alcoholism, obesity, and smoking. The country has one of the highest rates of alcohol consumption in the world, and Belarusian men are more likely to drink heavily than men in any other country. Furthermore, obesity has been known to be related to health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Finally, many Belarusian men smoke cigarettes, which further increases their risk of health problems.

As a result of these factors, Belarus has one of the lowest life expectancy rates in the world for men. The average life expectancy for a Belarusian man is just over 70 years, while for a woman it is almost 79 years.

#7 El Salvador- 53.19%

Woman in El Salvador
Woman in El Salvador- Image Credit Juan Carlos Caos via Shutterstock

El Salvador is a Central American country with a population of 6.5 million. The female population outnumbers the male population by around 400,000. This ratio is due to the large number of men who have migrated to other countries in search of work. The majority of the remaining men are either elderly or very young.

#8 Armenia- 52.97%

Armenian Women
Armenian Women- Image Credit MehmetO via Shutterstock

Armenia is a unique place where women outnumber men. The reasons for this are many, but the most often cited are the emigration of men and the effects of the Armenian Genocide.

Armenia has a long history of emigration, particularly during the Soviet period. This has led to a significant gender imbalance in the country.

As a result of the genocide, there was a significant decrease in the number of Armenians living in Armenia. This, combined with the emigration of Armenians to other countries has led to a significant gender imbalance in Armenia.

#9 Portugal- 52.69%

Women in Portugal

In the land of the fado and the pastel de nata, you'll find that women outnumber men. According to the most recent census data, the population makes up 52.69 percent of women and 47.31 percent of men living in Portugal.

So, what's the reason for this imbalance? Well, it may be that many Portuguese men left the country to find work elsewhere during Portugal's economic crisis. And, unfortunately, many of them never returned. Or it could also be due to the lower life expectancy of men, which is 78 years old, compared to women’s life expectancy of 84.

#10 Estonia- 52.62%

Estonian woman and child

Estonia is a country with a long and complicated history. Throughout much of the first half of the twentieth century, Estonia was caught in the middle of two major world powers: the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. As a result, many Estonian men were drafted into military service and lost their lives in various wars.

This left a significant imbalance in the country's population, with more women than men. This imbalance is still evident today, as Estonia has one of the highest ratios of women to men in the world. According to experts, the population is split 52.62 percent women to 47.38 percent men.

Socioeconomic Repercussions of Sex Inequality

Female Population By Country
Female Population By Country- Image Credit World Bank based on data from the UN Population Division via ourworldindata.org

The world's population is split almost evenly between men and women, but in some parts of the world, there are far more women than men. This can have a big impact on a country's economy and society.

In China, for example, the government's past one-child policy has led to a skewed gender ratio. This means that there are tens of millions of Chinese men who will never find a partner unless they leave China. If they don’t find a partner, they are likely to become increasingly isolated from society. This could lead to social and economic problems down the line.

In countries like Russia and Ukraine, meanwhile, declining birth rates, high mortality rates, and wars have led to a sharp decline in the number of men. This has led to a situation where women are often forced to look outside their countries for partners.

The gender imbalance can also have an impact on economic growth. In countries like India and China, the vast majority of the population is of working age. But with more women than men, there are fewer workers available to drive economic growth. This could lead to slower economic growth in the future.

The gender imbalance can also create social problems. In India, for example, there is a high incidence of violence against women. This is partly because there are so many men who are unable to find wives and are therefore frustrated and angry.

Gender imbalance is a complex issue with far-reaching consequences. It is important to understand the causes of the imbalance and the ways in which it can impact a country before taking steps to address it.

All Countries Where Women Far Outnumber Men

Rank Country Female pop. (% of total pop.)
1 Nepal 54.1870384
2 Latvia 53.9107704
3 Lithuania 53.7159309
4 Ukraine 53.6670342
5 Russia 53.6502228
6 Belarus 53.4425049
7 El Salvador 53.1864014
8 Armenia 52.9653397
9 Portugal 52.6902771
10 Estonia 52.6243858
11 Hungary 52.4003983
12 Georgia 52.3403473
13 Zimbabwe 52.2838936
14 Moldova 52.1078148
15 Sri Lanka 52.0514107
16 Macao 51.9359589
17 Myanmar 51.8097992
18 Croatia 51.7865334
19 Antigua and Barbuda 51.7308617
20 Uruguay 51.6848602
21 Guinea 51.623127
22 France 51.6048775
23 Barbados 51.6012421
24 Botswana 51.5611954
25 Poland 51.5468216
26 Namibia 51.5260239
27 Kazakhstan 51.4667893
28 Bulgaria 51.4406319
29 Bahamas 51.4064903
30 Mozambique 51.4061012
31 Romania 51.3771362
32 Thailand 51.3380089
33 Italy 51.311882
34 Slovakia 51.3067246
35 Argentina 51.2141457
36 Senegal 51.2015114
37 Cambodia 51.178669
38 Japan 51.1742783
39 North Korea 51.0901527
40 Guinea-Bissau 51.0825195
41 Mexico 51.0818749
42 Bosnia and Herzegovina 51.0301857
43 Serbia 51.019001
44 Greece 50.9181747
45 Colombia 50.8978996
46 Brazil 50.8674851
47 Spain 50.8535042
48 New Zealand 50.8492661
49 Eswatini 50.8486748
50 Rwanda 50.839035
51 Kiribati 50.8196182
52 Venezuela 50.8195229
53 Turkmenistan 50.7674027
54 Czechia 50.7654228
55 Saint Lucia 50.7583237
56 South Africa 50.7390709
57 Mongolia 50.7353516
58 Guatemala 50.7293892
59 Nicaragua 50.7159424
60 Uganda 50.7081413
61 Austria 50.7051544
62 Chile 50.692791
63 Finland 50.6849823
64 Malawi 50.6844788
65 Lesotho 50.6617317
66 Mauritius 50.6607742
67 Haiti 50.6561813
68 Turkey 50.6324577
69 Trinidad and Tobago 50.6286926
70 United Kingdom 50.5900879
71 Germany 50.568203
72 Montenegro 50.5521736
73 Kyrgyzstan 50.5337906
74 Angola 50.5241356
75 United States 50.5182152
76 Zambia 50.4839668
77 Belgium 50.4355011
78 Central African Republic 50.4314919
79 Tunisia 50.4108505
80 Gambia 50.4051857
81 Switzerland 50.3889351
82 Burundi 50.3828735
83 Morocco 50.374939
84 Jamaica 50.3694344
85 Canada 50.3680229
86 Ireland 50.3554001
87 Cuba 50.351738
88 Peru 50.3254814
89 Kenya 50.3108025
90 Denmark 50.2890167
91 Belize 50.2639465
92 Togo 50.2411537
93 Israel 50.2270622
94 Slovenia 50.2037582
95 Australia 50.2012367
96 Netherlands 50.1767845
97 Somalia 50.1417122
98 Uzbekistan 50.112587
99 Madagascar 50.1115532
100 Sierra Leone 50.0909309
101 Democratic Republic of Congo 50.0787506
102 Chad 50.0776787
103 Vietnam 50.072979
104 Benin 50.0606346
105 Dominican Republic 50.0529671
106 Azerbaijan 50.0485573
107 Congo 50.0429115
108 Sudan 50.0395432
109 Costa Rica 50.038887
110 Honduras 50.0345688
111 Burkina Faso 50.0331345
112 Tanzania 50.026783
113 Cyprus 50.0137901

In Summary

It's interesting to think about what might happen if the trend of more women than men continues. What will it mean for the future of gender relations in those countries? Only time will tell! In the meantime, it's fascinating to explore all the different ways that women are outnumbering men around the world. Do you have any tips or tricks for living in a country where there are more women than men? Leave a comment below and let us know!