Bahrain’s population reaches 1.5 million

Manama: Bahrain’s population reached 1,501,635 on March 17, with citizens making up 47.4 per cent.

According to the official census for 2020, there were 712,362 Bahrainis while the number of non-Bahrainis reached 789,273.

The data was endorsed during the weekly Cabinet meeting, chaired remotely by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier.

The Interior Minister outlined Bahrain’s demographic facts.

The official census for 2010, issued by the then Central Informatics Organisation, had recorded a total population of 1,234,571.

The population in 2014 was 1.316 million. It is expected to reach 1.592m in 2020 and 2.128m in 2030, up from 621,000 in 1999. The average population growth rate is 7.4pc.

l A three-year national plan detailing the government’s ambitious telecommunications strategy was given the go-ahead.

The blueprint aims to complete the development of the National Broadband Network (BNET) to extend its coverage to all homes and institutions at fair and reasonable prices.

The roadmap also aims to achieve full equality in the provision of services and enhance the role of BNET in developing the optical fibre infrastructure.

The strategy aspires also to enhance competition in the mobile communications sector, spectrum and fifth generation, and to provide international connectivity to and from Bahrain with the aim of digitising the economy.




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