UK population booms in 2060, while Germany shrinksAugust 27th, 2008 - 6:22 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot
European Commission said in a study of EU states population trends that Britain will become the most populous country in Europe by 2060.
The UK population will rise by a quarter to 77 million in 2060, which overtake the place of Germany and France as the biggest country in the union. Germany population is 82 million, but birth rate is falling, which will make amount of population will be decreased to 71 million over the next half century.
The 27 members of EU have now a combined population of 495 million.
Britain is one of the densely-populated countries in Europe and expected to have another 16 million more and that will put pressure on the government to cop with immigration.
Across the EU, death rate is starting to increase while birth rate is decreasing from 2015 bringing down the population of other 13 European countries except the UK.
Surprisingly, The UK government found that immigration and high birth rate increased to almost 61 million by non-British mothers.
One of all reasons of the rise of population is that the arrival of younger foreign workers which will also make UK one of the youngest population in the EU.
In 2060, some 24.7 % of people in Britain will be 65 or older.
The overall EU population will age sharply. Around 17 % of Europeans are currently aged 65 or older. In 2060 that will be 30%
Some 4.5 % of British people are now aged 80 or over, a figure that will rise to 9 per cent by 2060.
Some 12 per cent of all Europeans will be 80 or more by 2060.