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Population to hit six million by 2100: UN

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/06/2017

New Zealand's population is predicted to reach the six-million mark by the end of the century, according to a new UN report.

The United Nation's World Population Prospects 2017 revision estimates the New Zealand will still only have about 5.7 million residents by 2050, but about 6.1 million by 2100.

The report puts New Zealand's current population at about 4.7 million.

By comparison, Australia (now 24.6 million) is expected to reach nearly 42 million people by 2100.

The UN also predicts the average life expectancy for Kiwis to be a bit over 92 years by the end of the century.

That compares to about 82 years now, which is also be the global average by 2100.

According to the report, India is expected to surpass China to be the world's most populous country at the end of the century, with about 1.5 billion residents.

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