In the first quarter of the year, 1.7% fewer babies were born than a year earlier, while the number of deaths was 16% higher than in 2016, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) reported.
According to KSH’s figures, there were 22,072 births in the first three months of 2017, while 38,589 people died in the same period. The report added that the unusually high number of deaths was attributed to a flu epidemic across the country. The figures represent a 51% higher natural population decline compared with the same period in 2016. The number of marriages went down by 8.7% to 6,035 from the year before.
Hungary’s government is currently attempting to combat these negative demographic trends. The government will further increase family tax benefits, with two-child families being the focal point of the scheme, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his opening address to the Budapest Demography Forum, which washeld as part of the Budapest Family Summit in the Hungarian capital on Tuesday.
Mr. Orbán also outlined an action plan designed to encourage couples to have children, saying that 2018 would be “the year of families”. He announced that the government would pay off 1 million forints (EUR 3,200) of families’ mortgages for every third and subsequent child they have.
Although the number of deaths is still higher than the number of births, there is a silver lining: according to the Central Statistical Office’s report, the number of children born to married couples increased last year, suggesting that the traditional family model has become stronger and more stable in Hungary.
via: hungarymatters.hu; ksh.hu
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