Slovenia average in population density
Ljubljana, 11 July - On average, 102 people inhabit a square kilometre of Slovenia, which compares to 57 people living on a square kilometre of the planet and to around 19,000 people per square kilometre of Monaco, the most densely populated country in the world, the Statistics Office has said in a release marking World Population Day.
The most populous square kilometre of Slovenia is located in Ljubljana, in the Štepanjsko naselje borough. There are more than 11,000 people or almost 4% of the entire population of the Ljubljana municipality living there.
Ljubljana is the most densely populated municipality in Slovenia, with 1,051 people inhabiting a square kilometre. Maribor, Slovenia's second largest city, ranks second with 753 people per square kilometre. The seaside town of Izola is the third most densely populated municipality with an average of 560 people per square kilometre.
Average density in the EU stands at 118 people per square kilometre. However, figures for the most densely populated countries in the bloc, Malta, the Netherlands and Belgium, are much higher.
In Malta, 1,366 people inhabited a square kilometre last year, in the Netherlands, the figure stood at 505, and in Belgium, 375 people inhabited a square kilometre on average.
On 1 January 2017, Slovenia's population totalled 2,065,895, with the number of foreign citizens increasing and the number of Slovenian citizens decreasing in the preceding three months.
According to the Statistics Office, almost 4,200 people moved to Slovenia and around 3,900 moved away in the final quarter of 2016. The number of foreign nationals who moved from Slovenia was lower than the number of Slovenian nationals who emigrated.
On 30 June this year, around 77,000 people from third countries and around 10,000 people from the European Economic Area had valid permanent residence permits, the Interior Ministry data shows. Most of them were held by nationals of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
"Over the past five years some 14,000-15,000 people leave Slovenia a year, and approximately the same number comes to the country," Marijanca Ajša Vižentin of the Slovenian Migration Institute told the STA.
According to her, people leave Slovenia for employment or studies, while some "fall in love with a person or a land they want to go to".
On the global level, 244 million people or 3.3% of the global population lived outside their home country in 2015, according to the UN.
Almost half of all international migrants or 104 millions were from Asia, which is followed by Europe in terms of producing international migrants.
World Population Day was established by the UN in 1989. It is a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, according to the UN. This year's theme is Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.