Africa to dominate world growth

2011-10-25 22:27

Berlin - Africans currently make up around 15% of the estimated global population of 7 billion but this figure will increase to 35% by the end of the century, according to the German Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB).

The reason for the increase is the continued high birth rate in Africa. Europeans make up just 10% of the world's population, a drop of 50% since 1950. UN projections indicate that the percentage of Europeans will continue to drop, falling to around 6.7% of the global population by the year 2100.

Around 61% of world's population currently lives in Asia but this number could fall to 45% by the end of the century. The United States with 13% and Australia/Oceania with 0.6% of the global population will probably remain constant, according to the BiB.

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