Spain's population to keep growing until 2050

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19 August 2004, MADRID — The population of Spain is expected to rise from around 41 million to reach 45.6 million by 2010 and 50 million by 2025, it was revealed on Thursday.

19 August 2004

MADRID — The population of Spain is expected to rise from around 41 million to reach 45.6 million by 2010 and 50 million by 2025, it was revealed on Thursday.

But from mid-century onwards the trend will reverse as a predicted record population of 53.14 million in 2050 falls back to 51 million by 2070, according to studies carried out by the National Statistics Institute (INE).

INE's estimates, based on the 2001 census, also show that the average lifespan of a person will increase by around four years between now and 2030.

That will take the average life of men in Spain up to 80 years, and of women to nearly 87.

The Spanish birth-rate is also forecast to pick up again after many years of overall decline. By 2030 the average number of children per mother is predicted to reach 1.52, compared with the current rate of 1.25.

The growth in the number of immigrants will “put the brakes on” but not stop the general ageing of the population, adds INE.

Meanwhile, the secretary general for the Prevention of Contamination and Climate Change, Arturo Aizpiri, said on Thursday that the effects of climate change will seen earlier than anticipated and that Spain will be “especially affected”.

Commenting on the latest report from the European Environmental Agency, with it warnings of higher temperatures and sea levels and less rainfall and biodiversity, Aizpiri said these changes would have particular impact on agriculture and tourism.

The current international oil crisis highlighted that Spain cannot  “permit the current levels of energy inefficiency that we currently have,” he added.

Europe is giving an example to countries around the world by showing it can “contaminate less and live better”, he said, although in Spain energy consumption continues to outpace economic growth.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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