The population in Malta grew by 51,891 between 2012 and 2017 – but only by 1,300 in Gozo over the same period, according to statistics published on Thursday by the National Statistics Office.

Last year, the population was 442,978 in Malta and 32,723 in Gozo and Comino, representing 93% and 7% respectively of the total.

The NSO also reported that the Gozo and Comino region contributed 4.2 per cent of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at market prices (€473.4 million).

However, it appears that Gozo is catching up. In 2017, the Gross Value Added at basic prices in the regions of Malta, and Gozo and Comino was estimated at €9,553.4 and €418.5 million, respectively, reflecting a corresponding increase of 9.0 and 10.9 per cent over 2016.

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