Population returns to 2.6mn mark again
October 02 2017 08:12 PM
Rapid population growth, on top of even faster increases over the last 50 years, is a major barrier
As per the figures released on Monday, the population stood at 2.634mn at the end of September


Qatar population has once again returned to exceed the 2.6mn mark after more than three months, according to latest figures made available by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics.

As per the figures released on Monday, the population stood at 2.634mn at the end of September, which was 3.2% more than the figures of the corresponding period last year.
It was at the end of October last year, the population crossed the 2.6mn mark for the first time. The latest figure is about 7.7% more than the population a month ago (August 30), which was 2.446mn, the lowest in the last four months as a considerable number of the country's residents were away on annual vacation. That figure was even lower than the previous month's (July 31) figure of 2.546mn.
The country's highest population ever was recorded in the month of May, when the ministerial authorities released figures exceeding 2.7mn.
Usually, there is a steady rise in the population between the months of October and May (barring in December when a large segment of the residents are usually away on vacation).
Compared to the figures of the corresponding month last year (May 2016), there was a 4.4% rise this time. It is expected that the figure would continue to rise until May next year, perhaps with the exception of December.

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