First population estimates - EU population up to slightly over 510 million at 1 January 2016… … despite a first ever negative natural change
EU population up to slightly over 510m at 1 January 2016 despite a first ever negative natural change.
On 1 January 2016, the population of the EU was estimated at 510.1m, compared with 508.3m on 1 January 2015. During the year 2015, almost 5.1m babies were born in the EU, while more than 5.2m persons died, meaning that the EU recorded for the first time ever a negative natural change of its population. The remainder of the change (positive) is driven mainly by net migration.
The most populated EU Member States continue to be Germany (82.2m residents), France (66.7m), the UK (65.3m) and Italy (60.7m). Together, they are home to more than half of the EU population.
These figures were issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, just before the World Population Day today (11 July). Some other interesting facts and an infographic about the EU population are also published on the Eurostat website.
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