Credit: Statec

During the year 2018, the population of Luxembourg increased by 11,889 people, bringing the total number of residents to almost 614,000.

According to a new Statec report, the Grand Duchy is currently home to 613,894 people. This continuous increase in the population has resulted mainly from immigration. Net migration (the difference between emigration and immigration) in 2018 was 10,659 people (24,644 arrivals versus 13,985 departures).

More specifically, 47% of Luxembourg residents did not have the nationality as of January 2019. Since 2014, the number of French residents (16.9% of total net immigration in 2018) has outnumbered that of Portuguese residents (9.5%) in Luxembourg. There were even more Italians (10.4%) than Portuguese living in the Grand Duchy in 2018. Regarding Luxembourg's other neighbouring countries, Belgians made up 3.6% of net immigration whilst Germans made up 2.6%.

The report illustrated other demographics of the Luxembourg population. For instance, it showed the average age of inhabitants to be 40.2 years old for women and 38.7 years old for men. The birth rate in Luxembourg also continued to rise in 2018, from 6,174 births in 2017 to 6,274. The death rate also increased by 1.3%, with 4,318 deaths recorded in 2018.

On the other hand, the number of marriages in the Grand Duchy decreased slightly over the past year, from 1,908 in 2017 to 1,896 in 2018. Meanwhile, the divorce rate rose by 9.7% to 1,230 divorces (compared to 1,121 in 2017).