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NI's population passes 1.75m mark

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Births rose by 5% in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's population has passed the 1.75m mark.

The 2007 annual report of the Registrar General showed a 1% increase in population to an estimated 1,759,000.

There has been a 5% increase in the number of babies born and marriages registered in NI. Just under 40% of all births occurred outside marriage.

With the population of the Irish Republic now at 4,422,100 it means the population of the island is higher than at any time since 1851.

Northern Ireland has the fastest growing population of any country in the UK.

The most popular month to get married was August and the most popular day was Saturday 7 July when 162 couples tied the knot.

However, the year also saw divorces reach a record level at 2,913 - an increase of 348 from 2006.

Of the 14,649 deaths registered in Northern Ireland in 2007, 43% were from either cancer (26%) or ischaemic heart disease, (17%).

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