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This map shows where women outnumber men around the world

Ireland is among the more even countries.

OVERALL, THE NUMBER of men to women in the world is a pretty evenly split.

More accurately, there are 101.8 men for every 100 women, according to data from the UN.

However, when it comes to individual countries, there are huge differences in the proportions of men to women, according to a map put together by Pew Research Center.

Martinique leads the way for countries where women outnumber the men: There are 84.5 men for every 100 women.

Additionally, countries that made up the former USSR, including Russia, Latvia, and Lithuania, have populations where there are more women than men.

Researchers said this is hangover from more than half a century ago:

This region has been predominantly female since at least World War II, when many Soviet men died in battle or left the country to fight.

Other factors include an older population, which women more likely to live longer, and young men in the former Soviet Union having a higher mortality rate.

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At the other end of the spectrum, the United Arab Emirates is at the top of the list for countries where men outnumber the women: The UAE has 274 men for every 100 women.

Plus, many nations in northern Africa and the Middle East, as well as India and China, have more men than women.

According to CSO figures from Ireland for 2011, we have 98 men per every 100 women.


Check out the whole map below, and find more details of the study here.

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Click here to view a larger version on this map.

- Elena Holodny, additional reporting by Nicky Ryan

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