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Total country population 47,600,000
Core Jewish population 12,900
Jews per total 1,000 in population 0.27
Population with a Jewish parent 16,000
Enlarged Jewish population 19,000
Law of Return Jewish population 22,000



  • The total population of Spain on 1 January 2016 stood at 46,438,400. Its population declined by 11,100 in 2015
  • As of 1 January 2016, the core Jewish population of Spain was estimated to be 11,800 (0.03% of the wider population), and the enlarged Jewish population was estimated at 18,000 (0.04% of the wider population).
  • The core Jewish population was estimated to be 12,000 in 1990 (0.03% of the wider population), and has therefore declined by less than 1% over 25 years during which the wider population has grown by approximately 19%.
  • Between 1990 and 2015, 924 Spaniards emigrated to Israel.
  • An estimated 20,000 Spaniards qualify for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return.
  • The Jewish community is concentrated in Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga together with a number of smaller population centres.

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