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Population surveys are among the areas of official statistics with the longest tradition. Who does not know the population census from the Christmas story in the New Testament of the Bible?

Population statistics are about more than just numbers of inhabitants. In most industrialised countries, the changing age structure caused by decreasing births and an increasing life expectancy is one of the greatest challenges in socio-political terms. According to population projections, in-migration from abroad might slow down the process of ageing and diminishing in the population living in Germany, but it will not be able to stop it. Migration and integration will be central socio-political issues for the foreseeable future.

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Key figures

Population (31.03.)201682.3 mn
Households 201650.0 mn
Private consump­tion expen­diture2015€ 2,391
Education expen­diture in GDP20156.4%
Health expenditure2015344.2 mn
Recipients of basic security benefits12/20161,025,903
Debts of public budgets IV/2016€ 2,006.5 bn
Convicted prisoners (31.03.)201650,858

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