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Stats bureau: World Jewish population stands at 15.2 million, 45% in Israel

Illustrative: Jewish men pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, on March 2, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative: Jewish men pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, on March 2, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Central Bureau of Statistics say that at its last count, there were 15.2 million Jews around the globe, of whom 6.9 million live in Israel.

Among Israeli Jews, who account for 45 percent of the global Jewish population, the CBS says 5.4 million were born in the country, while 1.5 million were born overseas.

The country with the next largest Jewish population is the United States, which the CBS says has 6 million Jews, followed by France with 445,000, Canada with 393,000, the United Kingdom with 292,000, Argentina with 175,000, and Russia with 150,000

It adds that Germany and Australia each have 118,000 Jews.

The bureau, which says the figures are from the end of 2020, announces the numbers in a press release for Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins Wednesday evening this year.

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