Number of marriages and births keep increasing

22.04.2015

Over the last four years the number of annually registered marriages has increased from 10.8 thsd in 2011 to 12.5 thsd in 2014.  Preliminary demographic indicators for 2014 and first three months of 2015 collected by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show that during the first quarter of this year 1 757 marriages have been concluded in Latvia, and it is 307 marriages or 21% more than in first quarter of 2014. 

Since 2011 there is a positive birth rate trend in Latvia - from 18.8 thsd children born in 2011 to 21.5 thsd in 2014. Births was observed also in the first three months of 2015, when 5 226 newborns were registered in the country, which is 158 babies or 3% more than in the first quarter of 2014.

28.4 thsd persons passed away in 2014, and it is 250 persons fewer than in 2013. There were 14.3 deaths per 1000 population in 2014, and this number has not changed as compared to 2013. However, mortality has grown during the first three months of this year, since already 7 762 persons have died this year, and it is 349 persons or 4.7% more than in the first quarter of the previous year.  

With the number of births lagging behind the number of deaths, natural increase in Latvia since 1991 has been negative. During the first three months of 2015 the number of population in Latvia decreased by 2 536 persons (during the first quarter of 2014 - by 2 345), with the number of deaths exceeding the number of births.

Number of live births, deaths and marriages in 1st qtr 2011 – 2015

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

The preliminary number of population in Latvia on 1 April 2014 accounted for 1 million 989.3 thsd people.

Precise data on the number of population in Latvia in 2014 will be published on the CSB homepage at the end of May, but key demographic indicators will be available in June.

Data on the key demographic indicators are available on the CSB homepage section Population and Social Processes.

 

More information:
Sigita Šulca
Head of Population Statistics Section
Tel. +371 67366806