UK Daily Mail
September 16, 2008
England has become the most crowded major country in Europe, official figures show.
The number of people crammed in has overtaken those in Holland, long the most densely-populated major nation on the continent.
A count released to MPs showed England now has 395 people per square kilometre.
Crowding has increased because of high immigration into England while the Dutch population has fallen or remained steady.
Last night MPs who are campaigning for ‘balanced migration’ said the figures were a milestone in the immigration debate.
Beyond Europe, England’s population density is among the highest in the world. Of countries with a population of at least 10million, England ranks third in density after Bangladesh (1,045 per sq km) and South Korea (498 per sq km).
The English figures were in a Commons written answer from National Statistician Karen Dunnell.