31 May '13, 10am

#UPDATE: Germany has revised down its population by 1.5 million to 80.2 million

#UPDATE: Germany has revised down its population by 1.5 million to 80.2 million

BERLIN: Germany has revised down its population by 1.5 million to 80.2 million in the first census since before the country's 1990 reunification, the federal statistics office said on Friday. The new data shows that Germany's population is not only ageing and shrinking - a key challenge for Europe's biggest economy - but also smaller than previously thought and with fewer foreigners. The new census for the European Union's most populous country measured the number of people who were living in Germany on May 9, 2011, said the federal office Destatis. It was Germany's first census in more than two decades and revised down by 1.8 per cent the previously assumed population of 81.7 million. That figure had long been deemed unreliable because the last census figures were taken in the former West Germany in 1987 and in the former East Germany in 1981. Of the new total, 74 million...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/germany-revises...

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