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Israel's population passes 7.2 million

December 31, 2007. Globes: Globes correspondent

The population increased by 1.7% in 2007.

Israel's population now stands at 7.241 million, said the Central Bureau of Statistics in its latest report ahead of the end of 2007 today. 75.6% of the population, 5.477 million are Jews, 20%, 1.449 million are Arabs, and the remaining 4.4% are of other religious denominations.

Israel's population grew by 1.7% in 2007, against 1.8% in 2006. The population increased by 124,000 in 2007, 88% of which was attributed to natural growth (births minus deaths). 149,000 babies were born in 2007, while the number of new immigrant arrivals this year fell to 18,000 from 19,000 in 2006 and 21,000 in 2005.
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