SCOTLAND'S population is on course to reach its highest level ever, with new figures showing that the country now has more than 5.22 million inhabitants - the largest number since 1977.
FEARS have been raised over whether Scotland can continue to afford to pay for universal benefits and increasing health care demands after official projections revealed the country's population is set to age dramatically over the next 20 years.
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IT IS on the same latitude as the Central Siberian plateau, enjoys its regular share of strong winds and has scarce local amenities.
SCOTLAND'S population has reached its highest level in a generation, largely due to high numbers of economic migrants looking for work despite the recession.
SCOTLAND'S population will hit a record high within three years, according to the latest predictions. By 2012, the population will exceed the current record of 5.25 million in 1974.
SIR Tom Farmer was to open a discussion at the Scottish Parliament about how our ageing population can give Scotland a competitive advantage.
SCOTLAND'S population has risen to its highest for 28 years, figures showed today.
SCOTLAND has seen its biggest population increase since the "baby boom" created by demobbed soldiers returning from the Second World War, figures yesterday revealed.
THE population increase in Scotland last year was the biggest since the post-war "baby boom", new figures revealed today.
JACK McConnell, the former first minister, warned in 2004 that Scotland was facing a demographic time-bomb and its population was set to drop below five million.
SCOTLAND'S population has now risen to its highest level for a quarter of a century, defying predictions that it would plunge below five million.
A YEAR-LONG drive to attract "affinity Scots" to the country in 2009 is forecast to deliver a £40 million boost to the economy.
A REDRAFTING of Scotland's electoral map to take account of a population shift from cities to commuter belts has been unveiled.
VAST differences are set to emerge in patterns of population across Scotland over the next 25 years, according to the latest demographic forecasts.
THE population of Scotland will grow by a quarter of a million over the next 25 years, according to the latest figures from the Registrar General. This is definitive proof that the key demographic trend in Scotland has changed direction.
JOSEPH Heller's classic novel Catch-22 features Yossarian, a pilot desperate to avoid flying the bombing missions he knows to be putting his life in extreme danger. A paradox, the Catch-22 of the title, says pilots can only be exempted from duty if they are crazy. But not wanting to fly is a rational response to the danger, so asking to be grounded proves their sanity. There is no way out. They have to keep flying.
THE number of people living in the UK is likely to exceed 75 million by the middle of this century, a population expert said yesterday.
THE next national census may include a question on income and more detailed questions over ethnicity, it emerged yesterday.
THE Earth's population will reach 9.2 billion in 2050, with nearly three times as many people over the age of 60 and virtually all growth in the developing world, the UN Population Division has said in its latest report.