Highest to Lowest - Prison Population Total

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Data shown in the highest to lowest lists are the most recent available but not necessarily from the same date. Please click on each individual country to see the date to which the data refer. As it is not possible to obtain meaningful comparative data on numbers of children in custody in different countries, we do not include juvenile imprisonment data in the highest to lowest lists.

Ranking Title Prison Population Total
  Canada 35485
  Chile 54462
  Mayotte (France) 674
  Hungary 18270
  Papua New Guinea 5373
  Nauru 38
  Japan 40881
  Hong Kong (China) 8346
  Tonga 557
  Lithuania 4551
  New Caledonia (France) 587
  French Polynesia (France) 544
  Martinique (France) 1024
  Guadeloupe (France) 871
  French Guiana/Guyane (France) 1040
  Reunion (France) 1407
  Seychelles 420
  Australia 41929
  Thailand 274277
  Portugal 12272
  Cambodia 45122
  United Kingdom: Northern Ireland 1887
  France 75897
  Belgium 12316
  United Kingdom: Scotland 7977
  United Kingdom: England & Wales 87699
  Slovenia 1814
  Poland 74417
  Norway 3076
  Italy 61049
  Ireland, Republic of 4874
  Georgia 10126
  Czech Republic 19796
  Austria 9201
  Albania 5315
  Taiwan 54941
  Sri Lanka 31164
  Indonesia 265037
  Mexico 232684
  Nigeria 77934
  Ghana 14991
  Burundi 13511
  Costa Rica 17829
  Turkey 314375
  Slovakia 9717
  Guernsey (United Kingdom) 87
  Estonia 1805
  Peru 94502
  Dominican Republic 26396
  Morocco 103302
  India 573220
  Dominica 261
  Vietnam 133986
  Iceland 140
  New Zealand 9115
  Mauritius 2522
  Romania 23608
  Colombia 101622
  Niger 10179
  Kosovo/Kosova 1830
  Rwanda 89034
  Libya 19103
  Mozambique 23098
  Comoros 422
  Argentina 117810
  South Africa 157056
  Jordan 19140
  Ecuador 30804
  Bangladesh 84851
  Guatemala 23361
  Uganda 75764
  Nepal 27550
  Senegal 13185
  Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) 2100
  Macau (China) 1339
  Bolivia 25291
  Brazil 839672
  Mali 8670
  Uruguay 14965
  Guam (USA) 820
  Croatia 4073
  Spain 54197
  North Macedonia 2525
  Liechtenstein 6
  Bulgaria 6501
  Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska 524
  Andorra 60
  Sweden 8635
  Germany 56325
  Azerbaijan 24698
  Paraguay 17006
  Fiji 2276
  Democratic Republic of Congo 44536
  Israel 19756
  Serbia 10787
  Luxembourg 705
  Latvia 3229
  Finland 2839
  Armenia 2357
  Netherlands 11447
  Northern Mariana Islands (USA) 153
  United States of America 1767200
  San Marino 3
  Montenegro 1026
  Monaco 27
  Moldova (Republic of) 6084
  Uzbekistan 29000
  Qatar 1644
  Kuwait 4500
  Panama 22239
  South Sudan 8400
  Liberia 3000
  Cuba 90000
  El Salvador 71000
  Belize 1199
  Lebanon 8502
  Malta 690
  St. Lucia 572
  Cayman Islands (United Kingdom) 226
  Aruba (Netherlands) 311
  Antigua and Barbuda 400
  Afghanistan 19000
  Zambia 25372
  Cote d'Ivoire 26940
  Burkina Faso 8800
  Zimbabwe 21619
  St. Vincent and the Grenadines 392
  Greece 10526
  Cyprus (Republic of) 947
  Kyrgyzstan 7633
  Republic of (South) Korea 52940
  Faeroe Islands (Denmark) 12
  Greenland (Denmark) 136
  Honduras 19619
  Madagascar 28830
  Cameroon 32003
  Anguilla (United Kingdom) 36
  Egypt 120000
  Pakistan 87712
  Malaysia 72437
  Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) 114
  Trinidad and Tobago 3802
  St. Kitts and Nevis 160
  Puerto Rico (USA) 7176
  Jamaica 3559
  Grenada 379
  Barbados 743
  Tanzania 32671
  Sierra Leone 4801
  Mauritania 2826
  Eswatini/Swaziland 3405
  Botswana 3971
  Benin 14190
  Singapore 9536
  Haiti 11778
  Guyana 2156
  Russian Federation 433006
  Philippines 180826
  Kenya 58887
  Angola 24966
  Ukraine 48038
  Vanuatu 195
  Gambia 543
  Samoa 358
  Maldives 1700
  Kazakhstan 35228
  Tajikistan 14000
  Denmark 4106
  Central African Republic 1990
  Curaçao (Netherlands) 429
  Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) 763
  Solomon Islands 500
  American Samoa (USA) 301
  Iraq 73715
  Virgin Islands (USA) 359
  Gabon 5226
  Switzerland 6445
  Suriname 1000
  Equatorial Guinea 500
  Chad 8700
  Venezuela 67200
  Guinea (Republic of) 4375
  Palau 77
  Mongolia 5832
  Togo 4990
  Algeria 94749
  Malawi 16366
  Namibia 8900
  Laos 11885
  Lesotho 2216
  Myanmar (formerly Burma) 100324
  Isle of Man (United Kingdom) 90
  Tunisia 23484
  Yemen 9719
  Guinea Bissau 596
  Sao Tome e Principe 260
  Jersey (United Kingdom) 146
  Gibraltar (United Kingdom) 92
  Turkmenistan 35000
  China 1690000
  Sint Maarten (Netherlands) 87
  Bermuda (United Kingdom) 124
  Bahamas 1617
  Saudi Arabia 68056
  Djibouti 662
  Congo (Republic of) 1388
  Bosnia and Herzegovina: Federation 1813
  Brunei Darussalam 841
  Iran 189000
  Belarus 32556
  Marshall Islands 35
  Cook Islands (New Zealand) 47
  Nicaragua 20918
  Bahrain 3485
  Sudan 21000
  Ethiopia 110000
  Eritrea
  Kiribati 129
  Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea
  Oman 1960
  Tuvalu 11
  Micronesia, Federated States of 132
  Bhutan 1119
  Somalia
  United Arab Emirates 9826
  Syria 10599