Europe of the future: Germany shrinks, France grows, but UK population booms

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Britain will overtake Germany and France to become the biggest country in the EU in 50 years' time, according to population projections unveiled yesterday. A survey of demographic trends finds Britain's positive birth rate contrasting strongly with most other large countries in Europe.

The impact of population shrinkage, coupled with the ageing of key European societies, spells big problems for pensions, health and welfare systems across much of the union, says the report, published by Eurostat, the statistical service of the European commission.

But Britain, it says, is likely to suffer less because of its strong population growth and the younger average age of British society.

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Posted August 27, 2008 at 8:24 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. azusa wrote:

Hey, Mark Steyn’s been saying this for years, but I guess it’s official now. but making 50 year projections is a dangerous thing.
Yes, Germany’s indigenous population will crash (just as Russia is also aborting itself into oblivion). But there are lots of unemployed Turks and Arabs banging on the door, ready to do (or be paid for) the jobs Europeans don’t exist to do. But in that case, say goodbye to Europe.

August 27, 8:47 am | [comment link]
2. Daniel wrote:

Indeed! Goodbye European Union, hello European Ummah.

August 27, 10:01 am | [comment link]
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