Population decline accelerated in first half of 2019 in Latvia

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In the first six months of 2019, as the number of deaths exceeded the number of births, Latvia's population declined by 5,431 people, as compared to the corresponding period of 2018 when the negative increase was at 5,213. 

On 1 April 2019, the provisional number of Latvia inhabitants accounted for 1 million 913 thousand. That is according to data by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia. 

The number of live births in Latvia decreased for the fourth year in a row. In 2018, as compared to 2017, 1.5 thousand children fewer were born. In the first six months of 2019, 8,927 children were registered, or 891 newborns fewer than in the same period of 2018.

The number of deaths in the recent years is stable – 28 thousand a year (in 2018 the number of deaths was 63 more than in 2017). In the first half of this year, 14,358 deaths were registered, or 673 fewer than in the first six months of the last year.

Meanwhile data on marriages shows that in the 1st half of 2019, 260 more marriages were registered than a year ago. In this period, 4,730 marriages were registered, and that is 260 marriages more than during the same period of the previous year.

During the last three years the number of marriages has become stable, and on average 13 thousand marriages are registered a year.

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