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Population Decline Up by 75 % in First Half of 2021

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.07.29.

The rate of natural decline in the population increased in June, with the number of births declining by 1.6 percent and deaths edging up by 0.4 percent, compared with the previous year, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Thursday.

In the period, 7,621 children were born, 122 fewer than in June in the previous year, while 9,764 people died, 41 more than in the same period in 2020.

After a substantial increase in the number of deaths in the spring, that number has returned to the level observed in June in previous years, KSH said.

The number of marriages increased, with 7,742 couples tying the knot, 31 percent more than in the same period in 2020.

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There were 44,069 births in Jan-June, down 280, or 0.6 percent, from the same period a year earlier. The number of deaths was 79,844, 15,074 (23 percent) more than in Jan-June 2020.

The rise in deaths and the drop in the birth rate means that the rate of natural population decline was up by 75 percent compared with the same period last year, KSH said.

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