The Economist | Aug. 21, 2012, 8:15 AM
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Can they avoid a demographic crisis?
The Swedish population passed the 9.5m mark during the first half of 2012, and is set to continue growing, according to Statistics Sweden. The population increase was mainly attributable to immigration, although birth rates have also been increasing. The Swedish population is aging and the proportion of immigrants is growing, creating pressure on the public finances.