Malta’s population is officially booming

If it feels a little crowded in Malta, that’s because it is.

The island’s population has seen its sharpest annual increase on record.

There were an estimated 475,700 people living in the Maltese Islands at the start of the year, according to official figures from the EU.

Over 12 months, numbers rose by 3.4 per cent or 32,900 – roughly equivalent to the entire population of Gozo.

The figures also show Malta’s population grew twice as fast as Wales and Scotland.

The increase was driven mainly by immigration.

During the year, 4,300 babies were born in Malta and 7,600 deaths were recorded.

After Malta, the next largest population increase was in Sweden with a rise of 1.2 per cent.

Lithuania, Croatia, Latvia, Bulgaria and Romania saw their populations fall.

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