Hungary’s natural population decline grew in the first eight months of the year as the number of births edged down by 0.6 percent and the number of deaths was up by 6.9 percent compared with the same period last year, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) reported on Wednesday.
Figures show that there were 60,164 births in January-August, down 376 from the same period a year earlier. According to leap-year-adjusted data, the number of births for the period was down by 0.2 percent compared with 2016. The number of deaths was 89,127, KSH said. If adjusted for the leap-year effect, the number of deaths was up an annual 7.3 percent.
The rate of natural population decline (28,963) was 27 percent higher compared with the same period in 2016 (22,851). The number of marriages fell by an annual 3 percent to 35,963.
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