20 340 children born in 2013


Provisional data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show that, in 2013, 20 340 newborn were registered in Latvia (1 540 in December) – 443 more than in 2012, when 19 897 children were born. Number of births in 2013 will be specified, as it should include also children born outside Latvia to mother temporarily (for less than one year) abroad.*

Birth increase in Latvia is observed already for the third year in a row. Number of births per 1 000 population in 2013 comprised 10.1, as compared to 9.8 a year ago. However, in comparison with ‘baby boom' at the end of 1980ties, when annually 42 000 children were born (i.e., 16 babies per 1 000 population), birth rates still stay far behind.

Number of births in 2012 and 2013 by month

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

In 2013, 28 815 people in Latvia have passed away. It is slightly less than in 2012 (by 210 people), when 29 025 Latvia residents died. In comparison with 2012, the death rate per 1 000 population has not changed – 14.3 deaths.

Natural increase in Latvia still stays negative, and in 2013 population number, as number of deaths exceeded the number of births, has reduced by 8 475 persons (11 860 in 2012).

Already for the third year, number of marriages tend to increase. In 2013, 11 576 marriages were concluded – 332 marriages more than in 2012. Number of marriages per 1 000 population has grown from 5.5 in 2012 to 5.7 in 2013.

Number of births, deaths and marriages in 2013 by month

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

Provisional population number (calculated using information on non-registered migration) on 31 December 2013 comprised 2 million 5.2 thousand – 18.6 thousand or 0.9% less than at the beginning of the year. Number of residents will be specified in June 2014, when CSB will publish data calculated basing on its new population estimation method.

Data on population number and key demographic indicators are available in CSB Database.

More information on births, deaths and natural increase in 2013 will be published in 2nd quarter.


* Starting from 2000, the number of births includes also children born outside Latvia to mother (permanent resident of Latvia) temporarily (for less than one year) abroad. In compliance with the methodology of the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) mentioned children should be included in the number of children born in Latvia. Before including child in the number of births the information on mother’s place of residence is evaluated as well as National Health Service data on whether newborn has received health care services paid by the State is studied.


More information:
Baiba Zukula
Social Statistics Department
Tel. +371 67366847