The charged particle production in protonproton collisions is studied with the LHCb detector at a centreofmass energy of ${\sqrt{s} =7}$TeV in different intervals of pseudorapidity $\eta$. The charged particles are reconstructed close to the interaction region in the vertex detector, which provides high reconstruction efficiency in the $\eta$ ranges $2.5<\eta<2.0$ and $2.0<\eta<4.5$. The data were taken with a minimum bias trigger, only requiring one or more reconstructed tracks in the vertex detector. By selecting an event sample with at least one track with a transverse momentum greater than 1 GeV/c a hard QCD subsample is investigated. Several event generators are compared with the data; none are able to describe fully the multiplicity distributions or the charged particle density distribution as a function of $\eta$. In general, the models underestimate the charged particle production.
The multiplicity distribution in $\eta$ bins (shown as points with statistical error bars) with predictions of different event generators. The inner error bar represents the statistical uncertainty and the outer error bar represents the systematic and statistical uncertainty on the measurements. The data in both figures are identical with predictions from Pythia 6, Phojet and Pythia 8 in (a) and predictions of the Pythia 6 Perugia tunes with and without diffraction in (b). 
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The multiplicity distribution in the forward $\eta$ range (shown as points with error bars) with predictions of different event generators. The shaded bands represent the total uncertainty on the measurements. The data in both figures are identical with predictions from Pythia 6, Phojet and Pythia 8 in (a) and predictions of the Pythia 6 Perugia tunes with and without diffraction in (b). 
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The KNO distributions in different bins of $\eta$. Only the the statistical uncertainties are shown. 
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The charged particle densities as a function of $\eta$ (shown as points with statistical error bars) and comparisons with predictions of event generators, as indicated in the key. The shaded bands represent the total uncertainty. The events are selected by requiring at least one charged particle in the range $2.0<\eta<4.5$. The data in both figures are identical with predictions from Pythia 6, Phojet and Pythia 8 in (a) and predictions of the Pythia 6 Perugia tunes with and without diffraction in (b). 
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The multiplicity distribution in $\eta$ bins (shown as points with error bars) with predictions of different event generators. The inner error bar represents the statistical uncertainty and the outer error bar represents the systematic and statistical uncertainty on the measurements. The events have at least one track with a $ p_{\rm T} >1.0$ $ {\mathrm{ Ge V /}c}$ in the pseudorapidity range $2.5 < \eta < 4.5$. The data in both figures are identical with predictions from Pythia 6, Phojet and Pythia 8 in (a) and predictions of the Pythia 6 Perugia tunes in (b). 
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The multiplicity distribution in the forward $\eta$ range (shown as points with statistical error bars) with predictions of different event generators. The shaded bands represent the total uncertainty. The events have at least one track with a $ p_{\rm T} >1.0$ $ {\mathrm{ Ge V /}c}$ in the pseudorapidity range $2.5 < \eta < 4.5$. The data in both figures are identical with predictions from Pythia 6, Phojet and Pythia 8 in (a) and predictions of the Pythia 6 Perugia tunes in (b). 
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The data charged particle densities as a function of $\eta$ (shown as points with statistical error bars) and comparisons with predictions of event generators, as indicated in the key. The events have at least one track with a $ p_{\rm T} >1.0$ $ {\mathrm{ Ge V /}c}$ in the pseudorapidity range $2.5 < \eta < 4.5$. The shaded bands represent the total uncertainty. 
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Charged particle multiplicity distribution in the pseudorapidity range $2.5<\eta<2.0$ for minimum bias events and for hard QCD events (see text). The first quoted uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic. 
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Charged particle multiplicity distribution in the pseudorapidity range $2.0<\eta<2.5$ for minimum bias events and for hard QCD events (see text). The first quoted uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic. 
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Charged particle multiplicity distribution in the pseudorapidity range $2.5<\eta<3.0$ for minimum bias events and for hard QCD events (see text). The first quoted uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic. 
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Charged particle multiplicity distribution in the pseudorapidity range $3.0<\eta<3.5$ for minimum bias events and for hard QCD events (see text). The first quoted uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic. 
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Charged particle multiplicity distribution in the pseudorapidity range $3.5<\eta<4.0$ for minimum bias events and for hard QCD events (see text). The first quoted uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic. 
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Charged particle multiplicity distribution in the pseudorapidity range $4.0<\eta<4.5$ for minimum bias events and for hard QCD events (see text). The first quoted uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic. 
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Charged particle multiplicity distribution in the pseudorapidity range $2.0<\eta<4.5$ for minimum bias events and for hard QCD events (see text). The first quoted uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic. 
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