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Total population - outlook from UNSTAT (Outlook 042) - Assessment published Jun 2006

Indicator Assessment Created 08 Jan 2006 Published 08 Jun 2006 Last modified 07 Jul 2011, 02:50 PM

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Environmental scenarios Environmental scenarios (Primary topic)

socio-economy | belgrade | population
DPSIR: Driving force
Typology: Descriptive indicator (Type A - What is happening to the environment and to humans?)
Indicator codes
  • Outlook 042
Temporal coverage:
Geographic coverage:
Earth, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (UNSCR 1244/99), Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYR), Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan

Key policy question: What are the population trends in the pan-European region?

Key messages

Assessment is created in 2007

Total world population is projected to grow, with wide regional variations. China and India are likely to have the largest populations and maintain one of the highest growth rates in the world (especially India). In contrast, the EECCA population is forecasted to fall below the 2005 level. Other European regions are expected to have a small increase in population, taking migration factors into account.

Projected population

Note: International comparisons

Data source:
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Projected percentage change in total population from 2005 to 2030

Note: International comparisons

Data source:

Population: United Nation Population Division (UN) World Population Prospects: The 2004 Revision,

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Key assessment

  • Population trends in Europe from 2005 to 2030 are expected to vary between regions. The WEU population grows by only 1.1 % to around 477 million. The highest growth (16 %) is projected for SEE, from 127 million in 2005 to more than 142 million in 2030. The population in EECCA decreases by 6.1 %, from 277 million in 2005 to 260 million by 2030. The most-populated countries, India and China, continue to grow with the largest increase (31 %) in India, with the population overtaking that in China around 2030. The total population of Canada and USA increases from 330 million in 2005 to 400 million by 2030. The increase in this region (21 %) is expected to be higher than in Europe but lower than in India.
*Projections are based on the baseline OECD scenario. The baseline is a no new policies scenario by design, without anticipating deliberate interventions requiring new or intensified policies in response to the projected developments. Population indicators were adopted from the most recently published UN demographic projection, and economic developments were taken from the economic baseline elaborated with the ENV Linkages model of the OECD

Data sources

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Contacts and ownership

EEA Contact Info

Tobias Dominik Lung


EEA Management Plan

2010 (note: EEA internal system)


Frequency of updates

Updates are scheduled every 2 years in October-December (Q4)


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