UK census data begins in 1801. From that date onwards, Scotland's size within the union has decreased from around 16% to around 9%.
Did you know Scotland's population was actually once bigger the London's? Is there a connection between London's staggering growth and Scotland's snail-like increase?
Looking at other similarly-size European nations, we can see that Scotland's population growth is clearly stunted, lagging behind even it's close neighbour Norway.
Population growth is just one measure of a country's health. Nevertheless, over the past two hundred years, Scotland has comparatively stagnated.
Has Scotland been unattractive to immigration? Are Scots leaving their country, to seek opportunity unavailable at home? Do Scots somehow… breed less?!
Aye, it's not that last one. However, the first two which are the likely reasons and should be viewed as troubling. They suggest Scotland is an unattractive place to live.
Q: And just how does Scotland differ from the other similarly-size European nations?