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Europe's population stats show new trends

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(Read caption) Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron reacts as baby Daphne Poppy Hancock starts crying during a reception to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion at 10 Downing Street, in London, June 10, 2011. More babies were born in Britain and France than in Germany, 2010 population figures show.

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Eurostat today released 2010 population figures for the EU-- Some of the more interesting facts include:

-Luxembourg had the fastest population growth rate, 1.9% (mostly net immigration), followed by Sweden, Malta, Belgium and Britain. Lithuania's population decreased the most, by 2.6% (mostly net emigration). Several other eastern European countries, including Latvia, also had a falling population, as did Germany and Portugal.

Outside the EU, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey had high population growth, driven mainly by immigration in the cases of Norway and Switzerland and a high birth rate in Turkey. Iceland had a falling population despite a high birth rate due to a high level of net emigration


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