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KSH: Rate of Population Decline Slows

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.06.26.

The rate of natural decline in the population slowed down in the first five months of 2020, with a 4.8 percent rise in births and a 5.8 percent decrease in deaths compared with the same period last year, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Friday.

In the period, 36,527 children were born, 1,664 more than a year before, while 54,656 people died, 3,378 fewer than in the corresponding period last year.

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The fall in the death rate may be connected with the fact that the influenza season peaked at a lower level this year.

The rate of population loss decreased by 22 percent compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the number of marriages increased: 20,885 couples tied the knot, 4,522 more than in January-May last year.

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