Malta has recorded by far the highest population increase in the European Union, statistics published by Eurostat have revealed.
Malta topped the EU’s charts with a population increase of +4.17%, now totalling 514,564, followed by Luxembourg (+1.97%) and Cyprus (+1.37%). According to the National Statistics Office (NSO), the population increase in 2019 was driven by a net migration of 20,343 persons. The largest proportion of net migrants were men, reaching 13,535 against 6,808 female counterparts.
Persons under the age of 18 made up 16% of the total population, while a further 18% were aged 65 years and over.
Resident live births registered during 2019 amounted to 4,350 (decrease of 2%), while total resident deaths remained constant compared to last year, amounting to 3,688 persons. Malta continued to have one of the lowest death rates in the EU (0.73%), following only Ireland (0.63%), Cyprus (0.68%) and Luxembourg (0.69%).
On 1 January 2020, the population of the European Union (EU) with 27 Member States was estimated at 447.7 million, down by 12.8% as compared with 513.5 million in 28 Member States on 1 January 2019. This decrease is mainly due to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (on 1 February 2020), which led the population of the EU to decrease by 13%. The total EU27 population change was positive with 0.9 million more inhabitants during 2019, due to net migration.