Population census in the Czech Republic – foreigners increase the number of inhabitants in the CR
The population of the Czech Republic is now bigger than in 2001 due to foreigners. In 2001, the population of the CR counted 10,230,060 people, and now it is 10,562,214 people. The statisticians who examined the results of the 2011 Population and Housing Census claim that this growth is caused by the rising birth rate, but concede that it is mainly due to the migration of foreigners, whose population in the Czech Republic has risen by 360.5% in comparison with 2001 (there were 124,668 foreigners in 2001, now they total 449,450 people).
The results of the 2011 population census also showed that most of these foreigners came from the Ukraine (117,810), followed by Slovaks (84,380) and Vietnamese (53,110). As for other nations, there are 36,055 Russians, 20,780 Germans and 17,856 Polish living in the CR. People from 182 countries participated in the Czech population census. In comparison with the data from 2001, the group that saw the biggest increase were Germans (by 504.4%), followed by Ukrainians (471%), Russians (368.5%) and Slovaks (248.7%).
Most foreigners live in the capital city Prague, precisely 178,177 people, making up 14% of the total population of the capital (1,272,690). The second highest population of foreigners is in the Central Bohemian Region with 55,928 foreigners, and the South Moravian Region (37,724) is third.
For the first time in history the population census form included a question about registered partnership (relationship between partners of the same sex). The voluntary question was answered positively by 2,055 people.
On the other hand, the other voluntary question concerning religion was not answered by 4.8 million people (the number was nearly 1 million in 2001). 3,612,804 people consider themselves atheists. The Roman Catholic Church has the most supporters in our country with 1.8 million believers, followed by the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (52 thousand) and the Czechoslovak Hussite Church (40 thousand).
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