Population and Housing Census confirms population ageing and decrease


Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) informs that processing of Latvia population gender and age data has been completed, and CSB announces that on 1 March 2011 Latvia was resided 2 070 371 persons. Evaluation of the data led to the specification of provisional results published in February of this year by (+)2484 persons.

Further data processing and routine statistics production will be based on the Population and Housing Census 2011 results. The first statistical field using latest data is demography. Currently CSB has calculated population gender and age structure on 1 January 2011, and the obtained information shows that at the beginning of 2011 Latvia was resided by 2 074 605 persons. In comparison with the number of population published prior (based on the Population Register data), the number of Latvia population has reduced by 155 thousand.

Most notable reduction in the population number was recorded in 23-31 year age group (more than 14%). The decrease may be explained with difficulties to find employment in Latvia after school, forcing young people to leave the country with an aim to find work abroad. The fact is confirmed by the employment statistics indicators, because unemployment rate in 20-29 year age group exceeds the average in the country.

Population gender and age structure on 1 January 2011 and population reduction,
if compared to data published prior

Population and Housing Census approves that economic migration and low fertility has led to population ageing.  On 1 January 2011 the average age was 41.6 years - 6 moths more than the average age published earlier. 

In 2012 and 2013 the CSB will continue to revise demographic indicators and other statistics taking into account Census results. This process is time-consuming and will be carried out gradually. Therefore data users are kindly asked to pay attention to the break in time series due to indicators not yet revised.

Release calendar



Population gender and age structure (one year interval)  at the beginning of 2012

14 June 2012

Total number of population of Latvia at the beginning of 2001 - 2010 (by gender)

31 June 2012

Population international migration in Latvia in 2001 – 2011 (on each year)

31 June 2012

Total number of population of Latvia, by 6 statistical regions and counties (by gender) at the beginning of  2001-2010

28 September 2012

Population gender and age structure at the beginning of   2001 – 2010

21 December 2012

Recalculation of relative indicators on 2001 - 2010

Until May 2013

Population number by ethnicity, citizenship in Latvia as a whole, etc, indicators at the beginning of 2001 - 2010

Until May 2013


Data release (revisions) calendar for other statistical domains will be published on the CSB homepage.

Additional information
Press officer
Aldis Brokāns
aldis [dot] brokans [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv