Population still steadily shrinking

Latvia's population remains below the two million mark and not even slowing mortality rates are doing much to help, latest data from the Central statistical Bureau (CSB) showed Monday.

Provisional data showed that 21,155 deaths were registered in the first nine months of the year country, which is 387 fewer than in the first nine months of 2013. 

However, the death rate picked up again during September with 2,321 people dying last month - which is 129 more than in September 2013.

Meanwhile 1,952 newborns were registered in the country, 143 more than in September 2013. During the first nine months of 2014, 16,320 newborns were registered in the country, which is 719 babies more than in the corresponding period of 2013.

One area in which there is a boom of sorts is marriages: in the first nine months of 2014 there were 10,082 marriages registered, which is 711 marriages more than in the corresponding period of 2013.

Taking into account the fact that the number of births is still lagging behind the number of deaths, natural increase in Latvia remains negative.

In January to September 2014, the number of deaths exceeded the number of births by 4,795 leaving the country with a total population of 1,991,800.

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