German population continues to shrink

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20 July 2006, WIESBADEN, GERMANY - Germany's population declined in 2005 for the third year in a row, the Federal Statistics Office said Wednesday. A total of 82 million people lived in Germany at the end of last year, 63,000 fewer than 2004. More people have died than have been born in Germany every year since unification in 1990, but this had been offset by immigration until 2003, when the overall population declined. Last year the number of deaths exceeded births by 143,000. Germany's birth rate in 2005

20 July 2006

WIESBADEN, GERMANY - Germany's population declined in 2005 for the third year in a row, the Federal Statistics Office said Wednesday.

A total of 82 million people lived in Germany at the end of last year, 63,000 fewer than 2004.

More people have died than have been born in Germany every year since unification in 1990, but this had been offset by immigration until 2003, when the overall population declined.

Last year the number of deaths exceeded births by 143,000.

Germany's birth rate in 2005 slumped to the bottom of the table of European nations.

DPA

Subject: German news

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