Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that during the first nine months of 2015, 11 403 marriages were registered in Latvia, which is 1 189 marriages or 12% more than in the corresponding period of 2014. The number of marriages has been increasing already since 2011.
Also the number of live births has been growing since 2011; however, in the first nine months of 2015 birth rate growth slowed down. From January to September of 2015, 16 390 newborns were registered in Latvia, which is 167 children or 1.0% less than in the corresponding period of 2014. The number of babies born to women temporarily residing abroad has not yet been recorded, therefore the published information will be updated.
In 2015 the number of deaths has slightly increased. 21 287 persons passed away during the first nine months of 2015, which is 280 or 1.3% deaths more than during the first nine months of 2014.
Natural increase in Latvia since 1991 has been negative, and the number of births is still lagging behind the number of deaths. During the first nine months of 2015, as the number of deaths exceeded the number of births, resident population has decreased by 4 897 persons (in the corresponding period of the previous year – by 4 450).
Number of live births, deaths and marriages in 1st qtr 2011 - 2015
The preliminary number of population in Latvia on 1 October 2015 accounted for 1 mln 976.5 thsd people.
Data on the key demographic indicators are available in the CSB homepage section Population and Social Processes.
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