In February, 1,021 newborns were registered in Latvia, which is by 15.9 percent less than in the respective month last year, while in January, 1,140 newborns were registered, down 14 percent year-on-year.
Meanwhile, 5,319 deaths were registered in Latvia in January-February 2023, which is 5.6 percent or 316 fewer than in January-February 2022.
Thus, the number of deaths registered in the first two months of this year exceeded the number of births by 3,158, while the number of deaths in the corresponding period last year exceeded the number of births by 3,095.
In January-February 2023, 829 marriages were registered in Latvia, which is 7.2 percent or 64 marriages less than in the corresponding period of last year.
This year, on March 1, the provisional population of Latvia was 1.886 million.
As reported, the number of births in Latvia keeps declining - 15,535 children were born in 2022, which is the lowest number recorded in the past hundred years and 10.8 percent or 1,885 children fewer than in 2021.
As recently reported by LSM, according to Eurostat projections, Latvia is on track to be the least populous of the Baltic states by 2060 and by the century's end the population could be little more than 1 million.