Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott, has welcomed this week's development that the number of residents in Shetland has increased by seven per cent, with the permanent population of Scotland's 93 inhabited islands now standing at 103,700. Last December, the Bank of Scotland Quality of Life Survey ranked Orkney as having the best quality of life in Scotland, with Shetland in second place for the third year running and the Western Isles moving up to third place.
Tavish Scott said:
''I am delighted to hear that Scotland's island communities, including Shetland, are now seeing their populations increase, reversing a general trend of depopulation for most of the last 200 years. It is extremely positive to see that more young Shetlanders want to remain here, in addition to the increasing numbers of families choosing to relocate to Shetland.
''I could not wish for a better way of life than the one I have always enjoyed in Bressay. We in Shetland have excellent schools, great leisure and cultural facilities, spectacular landscapes, diverse wildlife, and not forgetting exceptionally warm and welcoming inhabitants.
''Anyone wishing to enjoy a better quality of life, is extremely welcome to come and join us.''