Maltese population went up by 1.4% last year at 440,433 – NSO
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According to data from the National Statistics Office today, the Maltese population constitutes 0.1% of the EU population, with the estimated total population of Malta and Gozo at the end of 2016 at 440,433, which was up by 1.4 per cent when compared to the previous year.
It said that the population increase was mainly due to net migration (immigration less emigration).
The NSO also noted that migration increased the population by 4,876 persons during 2016, which was 4 times more than the contribution of natural increase.
Persons under 18 made up 17.2 per cent of the total population, while a further 19.4 per cent were aged 65 and over. Of these, 2,642 persons – 1,836 females and 806 males – were over 89.
Live births registered during 2016 in Malta and Gozo increased by 2.3 per cent over the previous year. During 2016, 150 babies, or 3.3 per cent, were born to teenage mothers.
On the other hand, 64.2 per cent of babies were born to mothers aged between 25 and 34. Live births in Gozo were noted at 149 boys and 162 girls.
The National Statistics Office said that of the 3,342 deaths registered during 2016 – approximately 7 deaths for every 1,000 persons – 62.8 per cent were persons aged over 74 years.
There were 3,034 marriages occurring in 2016 which were registered in Malta and Gozo – the number of marriages registered in Gozo numbered 208.
Civil marriages accounted for 53.7 per cent of the total marriages occurring in 2016, an increase of 9.9 per cent over the previous year.
19.9 per cent of the marriages were between spouses aged 25-29. 30.5 per cent of grooms were between the ages of 25 and 29 while a further 29.9 per cent were aged between 30 and 34, the NSO said.
The NSO added that 38.8 per cent of brides were between 25 and 29 years old and a further 23.9 per cent were between the ages of 30 and 34.
In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that the 11th of July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.