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Tuesday, 6 July 2021

There are now 102 mn of us

There are now 102 mn of us: Egypt’s population reached 102 mn on Monday, rising by 1 mn in just the past nine months, state statistics agency Capmas (pdf) said yesterday.

The increase came despite higher deaths and falling births: The covid pandemic meant that the number of deaths was up 15% y-o-y to almost 383.7k. This is more than 31% higher than the death toll in the first half of 2019. Births, meanwhile, fell 9% y-o-y during the period.

Egypt has one of the fastest growing populations in the world: Government estimates have the population exceeding 130 mn by 2030, while the UN estimates that we’ll be up to 160 mn by the middle of the century.

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