In FOCUS / 2013-05-31
1.5 million fewer people living in Germany according to new calculations
As shown by recent calculations based on the 2011 Census, the number of inhabitants in Germany was only 80.3 million on 31 December 2011 as compared to 81.8 million calculated so far on the basis of past censuses. This is a difference of 1.5 million people or 1.9%.
The statistical difference varies considerably between the individual Länder. It is particularly large in the city states of Berlin (-176,000 people or -5.0%) and Hamburg ( 81,000 people or -4.5%). Thus not more than 3.3 million people lived in Berlin on 31 December 2011, while the number of inhabitants of Hamburg was 1.7 million.
As regards the non-city Länder, the largest statistical difference was recorded for Baden-Württemberg (-274,000 people or -2.5% down to 10.5 million inhabitants), followed by Sachsen (-83,000 or -2.0% down to 4.1 million) and Thüringen (-40,000 or -1.8% down to 2.2 million). The smallest difference occurred in Rheinland-Pfalz where, on 31 December 2011, the number of inhabitants was by about 9,000 lower (-0.2%) than calculated previously. The calculations made on the new basis did not result in an increase in the population of any Land.