We’re nearing 500k – Malta registers largest population increase in the EU

The estimated total population of Malta at the end of 2018 stood at 493,559, up by 36.8% when compared to 2017 – being the largest increase amongst EU members.

Back in 2006 the population of Malta was just over 400,000 meaning that there has been an increase of nearly 100k in 12 years.

Persons under the age of 18 made up more than 16% of the total population, while 18.7%  were aged 65 and over.

Inevitably population increase was driven by a net migration of 17,102 persons, an increase of 17%  when compared to the previous year.

Net migration of Maltese nationals was estimated at 480.

Resident births in Malta increased by 2.9% over the previous years, this translates to approximately nine births for every 1,000.

The fertility rate has decreased from 1.43% to 1.23%, while the average age of parents who gave birth increased from 28/29 years to 30/31 years.

Resident deaths have also risen by 3.3% over the previous year.