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World population reaches 7 billion

31 October 2011 - 5:34pm

The seven billionth baby was welcomed into the world this morning, but not in the country first predicted.

The United Nations announced last week that the world's population would reach 7 billion on Monday, October 31, but at the time could not pinpoint exactly where the child would be born.

It was predicted that India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, was a likely candidate - an estimated 11 children are born every minute.

But it has been reported that the Philippines is the country of origin for the world's symbolic seven billionth baby.

Also on hand to witness the landmark event was 12-year-old Lorrize Mae Guevarra, who was declared the world's symbolic six billionth baby in 1999.

In Australia, our population continues to grow steadily - and we're living happier and healthier lives according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

As part of its Measures of Australia's Progress 2010 report, the ABS found that life expectancy has increased by two to three years in the last decade.

Longer lives also means our health becomes more important, and many Australians may consider the benefits of purchasing a private health insurance policy.