The Malta Independent 17 July 2024, Wednesday
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Malta’s population reaches 563,443 in 2023, up by 3.9% - NSO

Wednesday, 10 July 2024, 11:10 Last update: about 7 days ago

The estimated total population of Malta and Gozo at the end of 2023 stood at 563,443, up by 3.9% when compared to the previous year.

The population increase in 2023 was mainly driven by a total net migration (immigration less emigration) of 20,960 persons, the National Statistics Office (NSO) said.  Non-EU citizens made up 93.1% of the total net migrants in 2023. Males accounted for 65.3%. While net migration decreased slightly when compared to 2022 (3.8%), both immigration and emigration increased in 2023.

Natural increase was 5.5 times higher when compared to the previous year, from 79 in 2022 to 432 in 2023. This was the highest natural increase recorded since 2019. This increase was due both to a decrease in resident deaths and an increase in resident live births.

Resident live births in 2023 increased by 3.6% when compared to the previous year. Of the parents who gave birth in 2023, 40.3% were aged 30 to 34 at the time of birth. Resident deaths in 2023 decreased by 4.7% over the previous year. Of the 4,030 resident deaths occurring during 2023, 69.4% were persons aged 75 and over at the time of death.

As at end 2023, 53% of the total resident population was male. Persons under the age of 18 made up 14.7% of the total population, while 18.4% were aged 65 and over. Of these, 3,611 persons - 2,568 females and 1,043 males - were aged 90 and over.

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