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The day in numbers: 1/3

By Sunaina Gulati for CNN
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(CNN) -- A third of people living in London are born overseas, a report by the Office of National statistics showed making it one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.

London director of the Confederation of British Industry Nigel Bourne says, " As London's economy has expanded, businesses' staff needs have drawn people not just from the UK, but from around the world."

650,000: The increase in the number of people that have settled in the British capital since 1997.

3: India, Bangladesh and the countries of the former Soviet Union are the three regions responsible for the largest increases.

206,000: The number of Indians that have made London their home.

19: The number of countries that have shown a larger than 100 percent increase in their citizens moving to London in the last nine years. The biggest numbers have arrived from Poland, Ghana and Sri Lanka.

18: The number of times by which the number of Bulgarians living in London has increased since the last count in 1997.

38.4 percent: Contrary to the trend, the percentage drop in the number of Irish-born residents.

5,000: The number of households that the survey is based on.

300: The number of languages spoken by the people of London.

50: The number of non-indigenous communities with populations of 10,000 or more.

70: Chinatown can be found in most big cities around the world, but in London's Chinatown, diners can choose food from more than 70 different countries.

7,172,036: The population of London according to the 2001 census, published by the Office of National Statistics.


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A reveller at last year's Notting Hill Carnival in London, one of the world's most culturally diverse cities.

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