Spain’s population reached 46,661,950 people, on the 1st January 2009, according to the latest figures released Wednesday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

The figure has increased by over half a million people compared with January 2008. Out of the nearly 47 million people, 41,063,259 have Spanish nationality and 5,598,691 are foreigners, representing a total of 12%.

Out of the foreigners, the Romanians represent the biggest group (796,576), followed by the Morrocans (710,401), the Ecuatorians (413,715), the British (374,600) and the Colombians (292,971).

Catalonia has over 4.7 million, with nearly 16% foreigners

The population in Catalonia reached over 4.7 million people as of 1st January 2009, with an increase of 103,345 people compared with the same month the previous year, making Catalonia the autonomous community with the highest growth. Out of the 7,467,423 people registered in Catalonia, 1,184,192 are foreigners, or 15,9 per cent of the total.