The National Records of Scotland have said that the country’s population has risen to its highest level since 1977. According to the figures, last June a total of 5.22 million people were living in the country – up 28,100 on the previous year.
This was partly due to the fact that 5,200 more people were born than died – the largest natural increase since 1991-92.
The rise was also due to the fact that immigration also exceeded emigration by 25,000
The gains include 3,300 people from the rest of the UK, 21,500 people from overseas and 200 people from the armed forces.
Scotland’s highest ever population was recorded in 1974 at 5.25 million people.