More than 65,600 babies were born in Hong Kong last year - a 12-year high, preliminary government figures have revealed. Speaking in a radio programme yesterday, Commissioner for Census and Statistics Fung Hing-wang said in the first 11 months of last year, a total of 63,000 babies were born. Based on the figure, Mr Fung believed the full-year figure would be slightly more than in 2006, when there were 65,000 births. It would be the highest number since 1995 when 68,600 babies were born in Hong Kong. In 2005, there were 57,100 babies born, up from 49,800 in 2004, 47,000 in 2003 and 48,000 in 2002. Mr Fung did not speculate on the reason behind the increase but according to the lunar calendar, 2007 was the Year of the Pig, which is considered a particularly auspicious time to give birth. Despite the increased number of births, Mr Fung said the city still faced the problem of an ageing population. He said the percentage of people aged 65 and over had reached 12 per cent and was expected to increase to 25 per cent in 30 years.