German population growth slows in 2019

The number of people living in Germany reached another record high at the end of 2019, although population growth was slowing, official data showed.

The population of Germany hit 83.2 million, up 200,000 compared to the previous year, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) said on Friday, citing first estimates.

“However, the population growth was much smaller than in the years 2013 to 2018,” it said.

Germany has seen fairly steady population growth since the formerly divided country was reunified in 1990, due to net migration.

“Without the migration surplus, the population would have fallen since 1972 because more people died than were born in each year ever since,” the statistics office said.

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