A million Germans do not exist

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German statisticians have concluded that up to a million more people are presumed to be living in Germany than is the case

Wiesbaden -- Government statisticians said Tuesday they think 1 million Germans simply don't exist, with long-time statistics on Germany's population out of sync with reality.

Everyone living in Germany, citizen and alien, is meant to register their name and address at a local government office, and de- register themselves and their children when they move away.

The Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden uses the comings and goings to alter a 1987 West German census tally and numbers compiled in 1981 in communist East Germany.

The office said Tuesday it believed the current population tally of 82.2 million was too high by 1.3 million because many people had failed to de-register themselves when moving to new homes. They remained on the books as "card-index ghosts."

During the European Union census of 2011, Germany plans to calculate its population using estimates from the registers, welfare records, mail-carrier records and a detailed survey of a small sample of the population.


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  • Diener Dan posted:

    on 24th July 2008, 14:36:25 - Reply

    It would be interesting to know the demographic makeup of these "missing Germans." For example, how many are immigrants and what is their ethnicity?