England has overtaken the Netherlands to become the most densely populated country in the EU, according to the Daily Mail newspaper.
By next year, officials told the paper, England will have 402.1 people for every square kilometre, overtaking the figure of 398.5 in the Netherlands and 355.2 in Belgium.
The figures come from the British parliament’s library and are based on calculations by Britain’s office for national statistics and the EU’s Eurostat.
However, the library’s figures for Holland differ from those used by Eurostat because they take into account the whole country, including inland lakes such as the IJsselmeer and Zuiderzee.
According to the most recent Eurostat figures on population density, which date from 2007, the Netherlands has 485 people per square kilometre. Eurostat does not give separate figures for England.