Mortality still exceeds fertility rates


Over the past three years, Latvian birth number almost has not changed and constitutes 22 thousand annually. Provisional demographic indicators compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that 10 175 children were born in the first half of 2017, which is 990 newborn fewer than in the same period a year ago.

It should be noted that the number of newborn does not include children born outside Latvia to mother (permanent resident of Latvia) while temporarily abroad. The data on children born abroad will be added to the number in April 2018.

In the first half of the year, the number of deaths is similar to that registered in the six months of the previous year – 14 923 (an increase of 10 deaths).

Natural increase in Latvia has been negative since 1991. During the first half of 2017, as the number of deaths exceeded the number of births, Latvia population declined by 4 748 persons (in the corresponding period of 2016 – by 3 748).                                                                                             

Key vital statistics recorded in JanuaryJune; 20112017


Over the six months of this year, 4 558 marriages were registered, which is 118 marriages more than a year ago.  

Number of marriages concluded in JanuaryJune; 20112017


On 1 July 2016, the provisional number of Latvia inhabitants accounted for 1 million 938 thousand.





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