On 1 January 2010, the European Union
of 27 member states crossed the threshold of 500 million inhabitants
“for the first time,
” the French statistics institute INSEE
According to their report, the three most densely populated countries are Germany
(81.7 million inhabitants
) and the United Kingdom
), 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