Population in Germany is falling slightly

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Population in Germany is falling slightly: birth rates remain low

The number of inhabitants in Germany fell slightly again last year. As the Federal Statistical Office announced, around 81.7 people lived in Germany by the end of 2011. Statistically speaking, the number of inhabitants fell by 0.1 percent compared to the previous year 2009.

Birth rate still low in Germany

As the Federal Statistical Office announced, the figures are initially forecasts. The numbers result from the extrapolated deaths and births. Immigration and emigration were also included. According to the forecast, there are around 665,000 to 680,000 births and around 850,000 to 860,000 deaths in 2010. This results in a relative birth deficit of 180,000 to 195,000. Despite parental allowance, fewer and fewer new births are registered. The most common causes of death were cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

More immigration than emigrants
For the first time since 2007, the Federal Office registered more immigrants than emigrants in Germany. According to initial estimates, 80,000 to 100,000 more people immigrated to Germany than emigrated. In recent years, significantly higher emigration has been calculated than people immigrating to Germany. However, immigration is still not enough to compensate for the birth deficit. As a result, the population has shrunk to 81.7 million people. This corresponds to a minus of 0.1 percent. For comparison: Ten years ago, around 82,210,000 people lived in Germany. (sb)

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