On eve of 2013, Israel’s population stands at cusp of 8 million
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On eve of 2013, Israel’s population stands at cusp of 8 million

170,000 babies were born in 2012, and the country welcomed 16,500 new immigrants

Participants in a protest against the high costs of raising young children, in Tel Aviv in 2011. (photo credit: Yossi Zeligerf/Flash90)
Participants in a protest against the high costs of raising young children, in Tel Aviv in 2011. (photo credit: Yossi Zeligerf/Flash90)

Israel’s population stands at 7,981,000 citizens, an increase of nearly 2 percent, according to an annual end of the year tally from the Central Bureau of Statistics, released on Sunday.

Of those nearly 8 million residents, 75.4 percent (6,015,000) are Jewish, 20.6% (1,648,000) are Arab (both Muslim and Christian) and the remaining 4% (319,000) are either non-Arab Christians or those who declined to state their religious affiliation to the Interior Ministry.

The year 2012 saw 170,000 babies born in the country, and Israel welcomed some 16,500 new immigrants, leading to a population growth of 1.8%, similar to previous years.

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