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Bahrain: Population by nationality group and sex (2010)

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Nationality Group males females total
Bahrainis 287,239 281,160 568,399
GCC 4,283 4,407 8,690
Other Arabs 32,149 26,064 58,213
Arabs 36,432 30,471 66,903
Asian 433,756 128,284 562,040
African 1,576 17,972 19,548
European 6,264 5,499 11,763
North American 2,237 1,912 4,149
South American 241 233 474
Oceanian 669 626 1,295
Non-Arabs 444,743 154,526 599,269
Total Non-Bahrainis 481,175 184,997 666,172
Total population 768,414 466,157 1,234,571

Source: Central Informatics Organisation (CIO) – Bahrain


1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The table provides figures of Bahrain’s total resident population at date of 2010′ census
Reference period: the 2001 census was conducted on April 27th, 2010
Population of reference: all non-nationals in the country at the time of the census
Implementation method: the Censuses are carried out according to de jure methodology, i.e. counting persons using their usual place of residence irrespective of where are they at census times
Nationality of the person is defined by the passport used to enter the country. A Non-Bahrainis is considered as such depending on the passport used to enter the country (or obtain the visa)

2. Institution which provides data
Central Informatics Organization, known prior to 2001 as the “Central Statistics Organisation” under the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs

3. Data availability
This data is available on the Central Informatics Organisation (CIO) website. For the Arabic version: ( For the English version: (
This data for 2010 censuses is available in PDF format: ( )

Data of access: June 2014


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