Baltic populations still shrinking

Natural population growth was negative in all three Baltic states in the first eleven months of 2016, according to the information compiled by the Latvian Central Statistical Bureau.

There were 20,140 births and 25,961 deaths registered in Latvia in January-November last year. In Lithuania, 28,947 babies were born and 37,669 people died during the eleven-month period in 2016.

Negative changes in Estonia’s population were less pronounced than in the other Baltic states with 12,935 births and 13,995 deaths registered during the first eleven months of 2016.

In January-November 2016, the birth rate in Latvia dropped slightly compared to the eleven-month period in 2015, while birth rates in Lithuania and Estonia improved a little.

Death rates decreased slightly in all three Baltic states in the first eleven months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.

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