Spain’s population has broken the 47 million barrier for the first time in six years. Last month’s data from the National Statistics Institute shows the official population on January 1 this year was 47,007,367.

Spanish 42 million nationals account for 89.3 per cent of the total population, a rise of 284,387.  Foreigners have not broken the five million barrier set in 2014, but the number of new ex-pat residents last year was almost twice that recorded in 2017.

Residents from other EC countries constitute 36.3 per cent of ex-pats, while 22.3 per cent originate from African nations.  The national group which has enlarged most are the Venezuelans who have increased their number by 44 per cent to 42,000.  Moroccans continue to be the largest foreign group with 812,412 residents, followed by 669,434 Romanians, with 249,015 Britons in third place.

The average age of the population is 43 years.  Just over third of Spanish nationals fall into the 16-44 age bracket, in contrast to the 55 per cent of all non-Spaniards who are in the same age range.  There are 8.9 million people in Spain aged 65 or over, of which British ex-pats are the oldest group.  The Brits have an average age of 53.6 years, followed by the Germans at 49.2 and the French at 42.6.

Andalucía has 8.4 million residents and is one of just four of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions which are home to 59 per cent of the population.  The others are Cataluña, with 7.6 million inhabitants, the Greater Madrid region, with 6.6 million, and the Comunidad Valenciana, with five million.

A separate report from the Permanent Immigration Observatory last month says there were 773,653 foreign residents registered in Andalucía at the end of 2018.  The province of Málaga had become home to the greatest number (268,889) followed by Almería (171,097), Sevilla (83,502) and Granada (80.643).  In all cases, these provincial totals were higher than recorded 12 months earlier.