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2010 sees the EU break through the 500 million citizens threshold

Wednesday, 20 January 2010
On 1 January 2010, the European Union of 27 member states crossed the threshold of 500 million inhabitantsfor the first time,” the French statistics institute INSEE announced yesterday.

Europe (Photo: Shropshire Star)According to their report, the three most densely populated countries are Germany (81.7 million inhabitants), France (64.7 million) and the United Kingdom (62 million), and in the space of a decade, the populations of Ireland and Spain grew by more than 15%, while the German population stagnated.

On 1st January 2009, the EU population stood at 499.8 million people according to estimates published by Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office.

Even though the EU has reached this milestone, it is still dwarfed by China whose population was recorded by the World Bank in 2008 as nearly three times larger at 1.325 billion.

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