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§ 9. Gender and age, racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious composition of the population of the world. (textbook)

§ 9. Gender and age, racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious composition of the population of the world.



  1. What is the gender structure of population of Ukraine?
  2. What are the characteristic features of the Ukraine national?
  3. What religion are distributed in the Ukraine?

Glossary of Terms and Concepts

Composition of Population - The distribution of people who form the population in groups according to the value of a trait.

Gender composition. Formation sexual composition of influence,  primarily biological factors. In accordance with biological laws 100 103-107 girls born boys. Therefore, in the age group 15 years dominated by boys. The mortality rate among men is higher be explained by biological features of their body, and participation in military conflicts, more severe physical-time work, greater activity in migration processes. Therefore, approximately 20-25 years the number of women and men leveled, and numerous  the advantage is on the side of women.  

Gender composition of the population

In most countries women predominate numerically. However, in general  world for 35 million people more than men. Thus, men accounted for 50,3% of world population. Of all the regions outnumbered male population, most evident in Asia, particularly China and India as well as in several Muslim countries, the leaders among which are UAE, Kuwait, Qatar. This is due to high mortality among  women caused by social inequality of women in society, early  marriages, many children, demographic and migration characteristics policy.

For most developed countries is characterized by predominance of female population. The largest proportion of women (up to 54%) in Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.

Age composition.

Type of population reproduction determines its age of. There are three age groups: Children (Age 15) serviceable, or adults (15-65 years), and elderly (Over  65 years). In general, the number of children the world is 31% of able-bodied  - 62,2%, the elderly - 6,8%. In developing countries, with Second type of population reproduction - enlarged, there is great proportion of children (35-40%) and very small portion of the elderly (5-10%). In  developed nations are working-age population (60%) and men  Senior (18-20%), due to simple or even diminished reproduction of the population (and reproduction).  

Indian Summer

Depending on the distribution of population by age group are three types of population age structure: progressive (Number of children - 40%, the elderly - 10%) stationary - (Number of children - 27%, the elderly - 23%) regressive - (-20% Share of children, the elderly - 30%).

The countries with the largest share of children (50%) belong African countries - Nigeria, Uganda, DRC, Burkina Faso, Angola, Somalia. "The oldest in the world are European countries: Italy, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, the proportion of people aged over 22%. In this regard, Europe's immediate problem is the pension software that requires significant financial costs.

The human race.

All people of the world belong to one species Homo sapiens- Homo sapiens. External (Anthropological) features - color, features of hair, facial structure of the head (form nose, lips, slit eyes) hereditary transmission, allow to divide all of humanity into separate groups - race. Human race - historically formed a group of people associated unity origin reflected in the total genetic and physiological features and may vary within certain limits.

Accepted highlight four major races: negroClose to it avstraloyidnu, european, Mongoloid.  In the historical development took place constantly mixing human  races, so now mixed and transitional types are 1 / 3 of total population  world.

Children of Africa

European race prevails in all regions of the world except Asia and  Africa. In Africa, most nehroyidiv. In Asia, representatives of the Mongoloid yield strength of only representatives of the mixed and transient groups. Australia and Oceania avstraloyidy the second city after yevropeoyidiv.

Racial differences encountered in moving the human species and its adaptation to different environmental conditions. Representatives of different races are equal, but in the world were and are supporters of the idea of advantages of one race over  different. This ideology is called racism.


Long natural history society has led to the formation of established communities of people - ethnicities. Ethnos -   historically formed in a particular area stand a bunch of people who has a stable and general features of the culture, psychological management, as well as awareness of its unity and Unlike other similar entities (self-consciousness).

According to UNESCO, on the globe are over 4 thousand different ethnic groups  of between several tens to hundreds of millions of people. Of these, only  800 reached the stage of the nation. Nation - Sotsiotsyvilizatsiyne movements that have economic, political, historical, social and other side of its operation, in its peculiar relationship form unique way of being of the people or peoples, as cultures. Nations  of more than 10 million people in the world, only 67 of them the most numerous: Chinese hindustantsi, Americans, Russians, Japanese. However, over 3 thousand ethnic groups have not yet reached the highest stage of development the vast majority of them minorities.

Glossary of Terms and Concepts

Minority ethnic - A community of people who compared with the local ethnos is a lower number. There National Minorities (Have a nation state outside the state of residence), regional minority (Always lived on the territory of another nation-state, never had their own state) migrant minority (Reside temporarily in the state) colonized minority (Descendants of the ancient population of the conquered territories and populated by colonists).

Eskimoska Canada

Ethnic groups do not exist continuously in time, they emerge, develop, decay and disappear. Each ethnic group closely related to natural terms of its territory and residence. By processing in human common - the nation any human group is the integration process in several stages: the family - tribe - nation - a nation. Tribes emerged during the first stages of human development. Main feature of the tribe  that all its members - relatives. Today tribes have preserved mainly in remote areas of developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the relics of the indigenous population in some  developed countries (U.S., Indians, Aborigines of Australia). Nationality of now call ethnic groups that are under formation in developing countries. Nation in the Middle Ages arose in the era formation of centralized states and is the dominant form of ethnicity.  To form a nation must have a state, the economic community,  state language and national identity.

Concept "The people" used to denote people one country, regardless of their ethnic origin. Thus, from State name synonymous all comes population with citizenship. Thus, the term "people" should not be equated with the concept of "nation" that is the highest type of ethnic communities.

In most cases in any state resident representatives of different ethnic groups. All States have taken on the basis of the ethnic divide in monoethnic (odnonatsionalni) and multicultural (multinational).

Monoethnic States, They are based on ethnic territory of one ethnic group by a small proportion (20%) and ethnic minorities Small Indigenous Peoples (Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Hungary, Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, Finland, France, etc.)..

Multiethnic state - The presence of two or more habitats of indigenous ethnic groups with quantitative predominance of one of them (United  Spain, China, Russia, etc..) In the absence of a dominant predominance of one of them (Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Nigeria) or colonization type of racially mixed population and natives (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, etc...)

In the world there are people that have no statehood and peoples living area which is divided between several states. An example of such nations may be Kurds, Ossetians.


Languages of the world.

The main identifying feature is the ethnic language. Scientists believe that in worldwide there are over 2 thousand languages, that is 2 times less than people, so that not all people have "their" language. Depending on the similarity of languages individual nations to unite in groups and families.

The most numerous and widespread language family - Indo-European (over 2.5 billion people). The people who belong to it, are the majority population in Europe, North and Latin America Australia and Oceania. The most numerous groups in its structure is analising, Romance, Germanic, Slavic.

Romanian peasant

By analising group includes Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi to Roman - Italian, Spanish, French, to Germanic - German, Swedish, English, to the Slavic - Russian, Ukrainian, Polish. In Sino-Tibetan (Sino-Tibetan) language family includes Chinese, Tibetan, Burmese, and to the Niger-kordofanskoyi - like most of the zone Sahel (Yoruba, Bantu peoples). Languages afroaziyskoyi (hamitskoyi-Semite) extended family in the Middle East (Hebrew, Arabic), avstroneziyskoyi (Indonesians, Filipinos, malahasiytsi) - South East Asia dravidiyskoyi (Tamils, taluhu) - in southern India.

Most people in the world speak Chinese - 1 billion 200  thousand people, the second is English - 500 million people. Because the United Kingdom at the time created the most powerful colonial empire, the language has official status in 76 countries. On  third place in Urdu, Hindi - 440 million people. Hindi - the official language India, Urdu (the same Hindi, but written in Arabic) - Pakistan. Spanish spoken in 21 countries. Fifth and sixth place is shared  Russian and Arabic - 250 million people: Arabic is the official in  25 countries. In languages in which they speak more than 100 million people, also  include Bengali, Portuguese, Japanese, German, French,  Punjabi.

Pagoda. Mandalay, Myanmar

The religious composition.

Religion - a component of spiritual life. The main function of religion -  communication of people with higher, constant - God. This relationship carried out by the church, which is a complex social institution and affecting all sides of human existence. Religions unite people common ground of beliefs, rituals, life's purpose. This ancient system social protection, aimed at oberihannya and education of children to their childhood. In ancient times, it created the basis for culture, tying together the characters, legends, prohibitions, recommendations. In  many religions importance is given to issues related to organization of life, nutrition, control of sexuality, because of these parties depends on the survival of human life. Religion defines moral standards, codes of conduct in different situations person brings a sense of confidence. The religious outlook is reflected on many elements of material culture and the economy and policy.

But religion can not only bring people together, but separate them be the cause of bloody conflicts, as is happening in North  Ireland, Bosnia, Cyprus, Middle East, the Indian states of Kashmir  and Punjab, in the Caucasus.

All religions to some extent modernized and reformed, some disappear, others appear. Each in its own way explains why in is the meaning of life, proposes to make choices, however, should make Every man alone.  


Depending on the spread in the world and all religions share the role of global and national (ethnic). Much of the world population has kept its old rodopleminni beliefs, Which include totemizm, magic, animism, shamanism. Tribal rites survived in Central America, the Amazon, Africa, North and among the peoples of Aboriginal Australia.

Today there three major religionsWho called the world: Buddhism, Islam, Christianity. They are distributed worldwide and have many faithful.

Jerusalem - a city of three religions

Christianity - The most common of the world religions, which adheres to almost 2 billion people, including three key areas: Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Protestantism. It emerged in the I century. still has the greatest impact in Europe, America and Australia.

In 1054 the Christian Church was divided on Catholic and Orthodox.


It happened in Byzantium after the division of the Roman Empire. Single spiritual center has. There are 15 autocephalous, Orthodox churches. He has an extensive system of holidays and rituals that somehow differ  spiritual practices of Western Christianity.

Orthodoxy spread in Russia, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Moldova, Greece) in Georgia. Owing to the large community of Orthodox believers are in South and North America, in some Western European countries.

Gold-plated domes of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra


The Catholic Church is different from the Orthodox subtleties doctrine, worship, rituals. More than the Orthodox, has acquired spread the cult of the Virgin Mary. Catholicism is prevalent in Western Europe (France, Italy, Spain), in Eastern Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia,  Hungary, the Baltic countries), Latin America, Africa.

For the church organization of Catholicism typical severe centralization, the availability to world center (Holy See - Vatican), a single chapter (the Pope). Important position is monasticism, organized in orders, which carry out missionary activities.

Statue of Christ in Peru


In the sixteenth century. in the Catholic Church was split, resulting in the formation of a new Protestant church. Protestants advocated direct communication with God without priests, simplified to a minimum ceremonies. New religion fit well in the new market (capitalist) relations. Protestantism is widespread in northern Europe, Germany, North America. Most Protestants in the U.S. (70 million people), UK Australia. Protestantism is a large number of individual churches and  directions.


The world has about 400 million people who profess Buddhism. History of Buddhism originated in Northern India VI? V century. BC. e. This widespread religion in China, Japan, Nepal, Mongolia, South East Asia, Russia (Kalmykia, Buryatia, Tuva). In recent years, Buddhism has become popular in Europe, the USA and Canada.


Islam, or Islam, appeared in the VII century. among the Arabs - the indigenous inhabitants of Arabia. Islam knows no division between secular and spiritual. Governments Muslim countries are led by Sharia - arch Laws of Islamic law. In Islam there are several trends that often conflicting with each other: shyyizm, sunizm, Wahhabism, Sufism and others.

Islam spread in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Russia (Northern Caucasus, Volga region), Ukraine (Crimea), North Africa. Most  adherents of Islam live in Indonesia, Pakistan, India. Many Muslim immigrants living in France, Great Britain. Profess Islam  in Southeastern Europe in the former Ottoman Empire.

Mosque in eastern Turkey

If the world were called until recently only three religions (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism), today in the scientific literature is called world's 12 most widespread religions in the world: Christianity, Islam, Baha'i, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Judaism. These religions accumulate more than 95% of all believers in the world and about 80% of world population.

Palace over to the capital city of Tibet, Lhasa - the former residence of Dalai Lama

National Religion - Religion which professes one nation. To include religions: Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto.

Judaism (Judaism) - One of the first monotheistic religions that originated in pre-. BC in Palestine. Common among Judaism Jews, Israel, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Argentina and other countries. Sacred place for Jews was Jerusalem, where pilgrims go to pray at the Wailing Wall - the remnants of the ancient temple.

Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

Hinduism - The national religion of the inhabitants of India, Nepal, Bangladesh. It originated from ancient religions in 2500? 1500 years BC. e.  Hinduism is vishnuyizm currents, shyvayizm, shaktyzm.

Cult to r.Hanh. India

Taoism - Emerged as a doctrine and became popular in China and Vietnam.

Confucianism - Significantly affected the traditions, religious and daily life of China, widespread in Vietnam, Korea. Based on the teachings of Confucius and designed to bring harmony between heaven, earth and man.

Shintoism - The national religion of Japan, first referred to in Article VII., translated from Japanese means "the way cute Kami. Kami - a sacred force that is everywhere in the universe. In Shintoism trace two parts - a temple and sectarian Shinto.