by Jerome a Paris
Tue Jan 17th, 2006 at 12:02:08 PM EST
The INSEE (the national statistical institute) has published today the results (pdf, 4 pages) of its now yearly census of the population, and there are some fascinating results. Here are a few, in random order:
- France's population reached 62.9 M at the end of 2005, a growth of 367,000 (of which, 270,000 from natural growth and 97,500 from immigration). Natural growth makes up 75% of total growth, vs 20% in Europe
- life expectancy is one of the highest in Europe, at 76.7 y for men and 83.8 for women;
- the number of births per woman increased to 1.94, the highest in Europe after Ireland's 1.99, and far above Germany, Italy and Spain where it's below 1.40 (Scandinavia, the UK and the Netherlands are above 1.70). This is pretty close to population stability.
- More interesting is that the fact that for women born in 1955, the final number is 2.13 child per woman (it was 2.10 for them in 1995); for women born in 1965, the number is already 1.99 (it was 1.71 in 1995 for that age class). Children are being born to women at an older age, but each generation still seems to reach the population renewal level, barely.