Austrian Population Rises Above 8.5 Million

BusinessEconomy ♦ Published: February 20, 2015; 14:00 ♦ (Vindobona)

Austria's population increases to 8.58 million at the beginning of 2015, according to preliminary results of Statistics Austria. In absolute terms, the population grew by almost 72 000 last year. Hence, population growth was significantly higher than in the previous year (2013: +56 000). More than half of the population growth was concentrated in the Eastern part of Austria (55.9%), where Vienna accounted for a large share of the total increase (38.9%).

Austrian population surpasses 8.5 million / Picture: © Vienna City Administration

Austria's population increased by nearly 72,000 or 0.8 percent year on year to 8,579,747 by Jan. 1, 2015, according to official statistics released Wednesday.

The growth rate was significantly higher than that of one year earlier, when about 56,000 more people began to reside permanently in the central European country in 2013, said Statistics Austria in a report.