106 Growth and Structure of the ASEAN Labour Force Saw Swee-Hock Department of Economics and Statistics, National University of Singapore Introduction The combined population of the six ASEAN countries in mid-1983 amounted to 278.6 million, which ranks lower only to China and India. It is larger than the population of the United States with 230.1 million, and much more than twice the 119.3 million in Japan. Within the ASEAN region itself, Indonesia is way ahead with a population of some 159.4 million, which is already larger than the population of Japan. At the other extreme are Brunei with only 0.2 million inhabitants and Singapore with 2.5 million. The Philippines and Thailand are of almost the same size, with 52.1 million and 50.0 million respectively. Next comes Malaysia which accommodates the remain- ing 14.7 million. With a total land area of about 3 million square kilometres, the population den- sity in the ASEAN region works out to 90 persons per square kilometre. The distribu- tion of the population among the six countries has not been in close accordance with the proportionate distribution of land area so that wide differences in population density exist among them. The small city-state of
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Published: Jan 1, 1986
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