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Stats Office: Hungary’s Population Still Shrinking, but More Slowly

Tom Szigeti 2016.11.23.

According to a report released on Wednesday by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (Központi Statisztikai Hivatal- KSH), while Hungary’s population continues to shrink, that shrinking has slowed down in the past year.

From January to September of this year, there were 68,802 births in Hungary, which represents a 0.2% decrease from the same time period in 2015. At the same time, however, 2016 has only seen 92,437 deaths this year, which is a 7.6% decrease from last year.

These numbers largely reinforce those found in population statistics released recently by the EU’s official statistical office, Eurostat, which also show a slowly shrinking Hungarian population (our article on Eurostat’s population statistics can be found here).

When births and deaths are taken together, one can see that Hungary had a net natural decrease in population of 23,635. While this certainly points to a continued downward trend, the rate of decrease has slowed significantly from 2015, when Hungary experienced a natural decrease of 31,160; in other words, the natural population decrease has slowed by 24.1% in 2016.

Check out the Central Statistical Office’s full report here.

Via MTI and the Hungarian Central Statistical Office

Image via the Hungarian Central Statistical Office