A few months after the 2008 global financial crisis, in the shadow of towering skyscrapers and the glittering towers of Hong Kong, the population of Scotland is still shrinking.
Its population is now fewer than 2 million.
It is also, for the first time, smaller than the population that inhabited it five decades ago, when it had more than 300,000 inhabitants.
It’s an unusual, but still true, fact that Scotland’s population is shrinking, not because the economy is failing but because of it.
The numbers aren’t perfect, of course, and many factors are at play, but the trend is clear.
The population of England and Wales shrank by about 2.2 million between 2010 and 2020.
In Scotland, it’s a bit less, with a 1.9 million drop in population.
Scotland is now the fourth-smallest country in the European Union, after Ireland, the Czech Republic and Poland.
The shrinking population is not because of economic reasons.
Scotland has a high birth rate, and it’s an attractive place to live because of its relatively low cost of living.
Scotland’s economy, however, is doing well.
Its economy grew by more than 10 per cent in the past year, according to the Scottish government.
In a new paper, The Guardian’s Scott Matthews argues that Scotland, like many other countries in the EU, has been “failing” its own people, leaving them to suffer the consequences of its own economic crisis.
The result is a country where its population is smaller than it was five decades previously.
But the numbers aren.
Matthews argues there’s a huge gap between what the population is, and what it should be.
The gap is wider than most people realise.
He argues that people who have the least say over their own lives are paying a price in lower life expectancy.
Matthews also argues that the decline in Scotland’s birth rate is due to a combination of factors.
There are a lot of factors that have been contributing to the drop in Scotland, but he’s especially focused on the factors that are directly related to housing: the lack of social housing and the lack to which young people have access to education.
These are two of the biggest problems, he argues, because education in Scotland is much more limited than it is in other parts of the country.
What’s happening is the state is providing a housing solution to a housing problem, rather than providing a social solution to it.
This means Scotland is not providing enough social housing.
And it means the housing crisis isn’t just an economic problem, it has a social dimension as well.
For many people, housing is a privilege.
For others, it is a fundamental human right.
And in both cases, a shortage of housing is contributing to an epidemic of homelessness, homelessness that can cause people to turn to crime, and homelessness that has caused many to leave the country and become illegal immigrants.
The situation in Scotland isn’t perfect.
For a long time, housing in Scotland was unaffordable.
It was a privilege to be able to own a home.
For many people in Scotland who are young, it was a dream to own their own home.
But, as Matthews points out, “it’s not that Scotland is failing.
It just doesn’t work.”
It’s true that housing in the UK has improved, and there are many examples of this.
There is a massive increase in house prices in Scotland.
There’s also a massive rise in the cost of a home, with house prices averaging $600,000 a year in England, and $1.5 million a year internationally.
It has to be noted, however: There are no perfect solutions to the housing problem.
It doesn’t matter if Scotland is the worst country in Europe in terms of housing, the UK or elsewhere, it will always be the case that housing prices will continue to rise.
That’s the reality of living in a country with a shrinking population.
The next big issue is how to address the issue.
One solution is to create a system that allows the housing market to work, but doesn’t force people into homelessness.
Another solution would be to increase social housing, but it is an expensive solution.
Finally, there’s the issue of what to do about the lacklustre economy.
Some economists believe that the lackadaisical nature of the economy and the resulting economic crisis are to blame.
Others believe that it’s simply because of the lack in social housing that people are turning to crime.
But it’s impossible to pinpoint the cause of a situation.
What’s clear, however,, is that Scotland needs a new approach to dealing with the housing problems it’s facing.
If we don’t, we’re just going to keep going down the same path that we’ve been on for so long.
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