Number of newborns keeps increasing also in March


In the first quarter this year 5068 newborns were registered in the country, which is 358 babies more than in the first three months of 2013. Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show that, in March 1694 babies were registered in the country - 164 newborns more than in March 2013. Birth rate growth trend has been observed over the past three years.

The number of marriages has also been growing. In the first quarter there were 1502 marriages registered in Latvia, which is 160 more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. In March there were 540 marriages registered, which is 40 more than in March 2013. Rise in the number of births and marriages can be explained with the fact that those born in the middle of the eighties are now 25 - 30 years old. This was a period when there were 41 thousand babies born, which is twice as many as in the last few years. 

In the first quarter of 2014, 7413 persons passed away, which is 817 persons fewer than in the first quarter 2013. 2407 persons passed away in March.

Natural increase in Latvia is still negative; In January - March 2014, as the number of deaths exceeded the number of births, the number of Latvian residents dropped by 2345 (in January - March 2013 - by 3520).

Number of live births, deaths and marriages: 2011 – 1st QTR 2014

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

Data on key demographic indicators are available in the CSB database

More detailed information on the number of births, deaths and natural increase in 2013 will be published in the 2nd quarter this year.


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