Scotland's Health and Health ServicesBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7425.1233 (Published 20 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1233
- Bryan Christie (email@example.com), freelance health writer
There is something going on in Scotland that is almost unique in the developed world. It has nothing to do with misty glens, fiery alcoholic drinks, or skirling pipe music. It has to do with population decline. In 2001 there were 5000 more deaths in Scotland than there were births. The population peaked in the mid-1970s and has been declining slowly ever since.
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