by Jason Moore

IT ´S official. The majority of British residents on Majorca live in Calvia and 10 percent of the population of the municipality are holders of United Kingdom passports. It must be said that the Calvia council, to their credit, have worked long and hard to get British residents to register with the council and they have been successful; 5'000 British residents live in the municipality. You could say that Calvia is probably one of the few municipalities on the island which does have an accurate census. Other parts of the island have made little effort to get expatriates to register and this is rather obvious when you read the census for other parts of the island; there are just 640 British residents in the whole of Andratx and there are only 800 British residents in Pollensa. I am sure the figure is far higher. The British population on the island has declined in the space of a year with Calvia losing 487 British residents. It is obviously the recession and the reduction in the value of pound sterling against the euro which has led to this fall. I suspect that once the green shoots of recovery start appearing in both Britain and Majorca the number of British residents on the island will rise again. Majorca is still one of the most sought after places to live in the world but not even this beautiful island can be shielded completely from the full force of the recession. It is a sad state of affairs. There are now 16'000 British residents on the island, which is still a a considerable figure.

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