Luxembourg's population has constantly been increasing since the 2011 general census. That's the result of a study recently published by the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (Institut national de la statistique et des études économique, STATEC).
On the occasion of the World Population Day on 11 July, STATEC sheds a light on the evolution of the Grand Duchy's population since the 2011 general population census.
Over the past five years, the total population of the Grand Duchy increased by 12.5%. The foreign population increased by 22.1% to make up 47% of the total population as of 1 January 2016. Over 90% of foreigners living in the Grand Duchy are European, half of whom coming from Portugal (34.6%) and France (15.5%).
576,249 inhabitants as of 1 January 2016
Between the February 2011 general census and 1 January 2016, Luxembourg's population increased from 512,353 to 576,249 individuals, which is a total increase of 63,869 persons (12.5%). This population increase is for over 80% the result of net immigration: 48,653 foreign nationals immigrated, while Luxembourgers only saw their population grow by 15,243 persons. As of 1 January 2016, foreigners accounted for 46.7% of the country's population.
Average age of the population
On 1 January 2016, the average age of Luxembourg's resident population was 39.2 years. Men were on average 38.4 years old, whereas women were on average 40 years old. Luxembourgers were generally older than foreigners (41.6 years as compared to 36.4 years). The share of young people somewhat dwindled over the years.
While the share of active people has been increasing slowly, the share of retired people has more or less remained stable. Not all of Luxembourg's regions benefit equally from the population increase. In the Luxembourg population, women are in the majority while it's the opposite in the foreign population.
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu/ Source: Statec)