The number of people registered in Spain on 1 January 2022 would be 47,475,420. This is the highest population number ever achieved in Spain, following an increase of 90,313 inhabitants compared to last year, an increase of 0.19%.
This is according to data published by Spain’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) on Tuesday. This figure, according to the INE, is a recovery from the decline in 2020, a year marked by deaths due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And the recovery is mainly due to an increase in the foreign population, which rose by 102,784 to 5,542,932 and now accounts for 11.7% of the total. This percentage has not been this high since 2013.
Ten years ago, the percentage of registered foreigners was 12.1%, a figure that fell to 9.8% in 2017, the lowest figure in the past decade. 41,932,488 residents have Spanish nationality, down 12,471 from the previous year.
What is the average registered age ?
The average age of the population registered in the census is 44.1 years. Among Spaniards The average age of Spaniards is 45 years and that of foreigners 37.1 years. The average age of residents from European Union countries is 39.6 years.
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The highest average age among predominant nationalities is found among citizens of the United Kingdom (54.1 years), Germany (50.0) and France (43). In contrast, the lowest average age is for citizens of Honduras (30.4 years), Pakistan (31.1) and Morocco (32).
Increase in the number of Ukrainians
Ukrainians have increased significantly as a result of the war with Russia in 2022 and are among the top 20 nationalities in Spain, although they were not as strongly represented on 1 January 2022 (111,443 registered).
The autonomous communities with the highest number of foreigners are Andalucia (741,378), Aragon (164,762) and Asturias (45,630). The fewest non-Spanish nationals live in La Rioja (41,755), Melilla (11,675) and Ceuta (4,910).
Of the nearly 5.5 million non-Spanish nationals, 1,617,911 belong to the European Union. Romanians are the most numerous (623,097), followed by Italians (273,889) and Germans (115,099).
Of the remaining registered foreigners, Moroccans (883,243 registered), Colombians (314,679 registered) and British (293,171 registered) stand out.