Largest population decrease in Latvia recorded in 2009 and 2010


Central Statistical Bureau has re-calculated population number for the period from 1 January 2001 till 1 January 2010, as well as produced migration statistics on 2000 - 2010.

Within the time period from 1 January 2000 till the 1 January 2012, the number of Latvia population has reduced by 340 thousand – by 211.4 thousand due to the migration and by 128.6 thousand because of the negative natural increase.

Most notable population decrease was recorded in 2009 and 2010, when population number diminished by 1.9% and 2.1%, respectively. During the two years, due to the migration and negative natural increase the number Latvia population reduced by 84.4 thousand. For comparison – data of the Population and Housing Census show that in the third largest city of Latvia - Liepāja – population number comprised 76.6 thousand.

Data of the 2011 do not indicate such a rapid decrease in the population number as it was recorded in previous years – net migration is by 10 thousand less than in 2010, nevertheless reduction in the population number due to the natural movement and international migration (32.8 thousand) was the fourth highest indicator during the last 11 years.

Population changes, thousand


Population number in breakdown by sex and age (with one year intervals) at the beginning of 2001 - 2010 will be published in 28 September 2012. When publishing the population number by age, the total number of population in the corresponding year will possibly be revised.

Prepared by the Social Statistics Department
Population Statistics Section
Tel. 67366847
Baiba Zukula