To mark the World population day on 11 July, Eurostat releases today the interactive publication Demography of Europe containing dynamic visualisations and short texts. Here are a few highlights from the publication:
- From the beginning of the millennium until 2019, the EU population grew steadily, mostly due to migration. This trend was interrupted in 2020, when the total EU population declined from 447.3 million on 1 January 2020 to 447.0 on 1 January 2021, most likely due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Have a look at the visualisation below to see the evolution in your country:
- Other interesting facts in this publication are that the population in the EU is ageing: the share of those aged 80 and over has almost doubled in the last 20 years, from 3.4% in 2001 to 5.9% in 2020. The average age for mothers at the birth of their first child is also increasing: from 28.8 years in 2013 to 29.4 years in 2019. The share of live births to mothers over 40 in the EU has more than doubled: from 2.4% in 2001 to 5.4% in 2019.
- The third part of the publication looks at the population diversity of the European Union: during the period 2014 to 2019, Moroccans and Albanians were the largest two groups acquiring citizenship of an EU Member State. From 2014 to 2018, Turkish citizens were the third group; however, in 2019 British citizens took third place.
- Another part deals with rural and urban areas in the EU: there is a higher share of persons of working age in urban areas than in rural areas, while the fertility rate is higher in rural areas than in urban.
- You can also guess the projected total population in your country in 2080. Take a guess in our interactive population projection graph!
These are just some snapshots of the content of this publication. Have a look yourself, read more and play around with the visualisations:
In addition, there will be a webinar today, 9 July, at 10:00-11:00 introduced by Mariana Kotzeva, Director General of Eurostat, with speeches from the Vice-president of the European Commission, Dubravka Šuica and the Commissioner for Economy of the European Commission, Paolo Gentiloni.
The publication will be demonstrated and there will be a question and answer session on demographic data - follow the launch event live!
For more information:
- For more reading about population development, you can also have a look at the Statistics Explained article Population and population change statistics.
- Have a look at our newly updated dedicated sections on the Eurostat website: Population & demography and Migration & asylum.
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