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Hungary’s Population Still Declines Despite Growing Number Of Births And Marriages

Tamás Székely 2015.05.27.

Number of births in Hungary is not increasing fast enough to reverse current demographic trends, latest Q1 report published by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) shows. In the first quarter of 2015 more than 22000 children were born in Hungary, 3.3% more than a year earlier, while the number of deceases almost reached 38000. As the number of deaths rose faster than that of births, the natural decrease of the population has increased from 11,684 in January–March 2014 to 15,809 persons in the first three months of 2015.

In the first three months of 2015, 22,014 children were born in Hungary, 703 (3.3%) more than in the same period last year. In January, the number of births exceeded considerably, by 5.3% that of a year before, then the number of newborns increased to a smaller extent in February and March as well. In the first quarter of 2015, 4,625 marriages were registered which was 5.3% and 231 couples more than the value in the base period.  The number of newborns increased to the highest extent in regions of Southern Great Plain and Northern Great Plain (6.6% and 5.9%, respectively.) The number of marriages exceeded the value of the previous year in each of the three months with the largest increase occurred in January, when 12% more matrimonies were registered. The number of marriages increased in all regions except Northern Hungary.

Meanwhile the number of deaths was 37,823 which meant a sharp, 15% increase due to the 4,828 more deceases than in January-March 2014. Especially the rise in February was significant, when 24% more deaths occurred than in the same month of previous year. The peak of the flu epidemic and the low base level last year contributed to the considerable surplus of deaths, KSH said. The natural decease was 15,809, 4,125 more than a year earlier. The the number of deceases increased to the highest extent in Central Transdanubia and Central Hungary (21% and 20% respectively). All in all, there were 9.1 live births and 15.6 deceases per thousand inhabitants in Hungary in the first quarter of 2015.

via ksh.hu photo: fortepan.hu