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EU population getting dangerously old

Date: 27.08.2008

By 2015, the number of deaths will exceed the number of births in the EU, with immigration becoming the only factor boosting the bloc's population, the survey says.

After an initial increase from 495 million currently to 521 million in 2035, the total population in the EU's 27 member states will again to 506 million in 2060.

The population of Bulgaria is to shrink the most (28%), followed by Baltic countries Latvia (26%) and Lithuania (24%), as well as Romania (21%) and Poland (18%).

On the other hand, Cyprus is to note the most considerable rise (66%), followed by Ireland (53%), Luxembourg (52%), the UK (25%) and Sweden (18%).

Germany – currently the EU most populous state, with over 80 million inhabitants, is to shrink to 71 million, and be overtaken by the UK and France, with 77 and 72 million people respectively.

Italy (59 million) and Spain (52 million) are set to stay in the top 5.

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