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Stats Office Counts 33,291 Less Hungarians Than A Year Ago

By Tamás Székely // 2015.12.21.

The number of births and deaths in Hungary rose during the first ten months of 2015 on an annual basis, but the death rate outstripped the number of births, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said.



Hungary’s population declined by 33,291 people during the first ten months, a 19.3% increase over the same period in 2014. There were 76,531 births in January-October, 0.5% more than during the same period in 2014. Births increased in six of the ten months and were down in four with the biggest decline registered in July. The number of deaths was 109,822, up by an annual 5.5%.

The death rate was higher in January-April, lower in May-June, higher in July-August and lower in September-October compared to the same period in 2014. The number of marriages in Hungary went up by an annual 16% to 40,845 during the period.

Last week the Hungarian government announced plans for a new family support system. With the birth of a third child, parents will receive a one-off payment of 10 million forints (EUR 32,000) and can apply for a 10 million forint loan. The idea of the family home creation allowance (CSOK) is to develop a flexible family support system, the government spokesman told public news channel M1 on Thursday.

Zoltán Kovács said the “gyed extra” maternity benefit—which provides benefits to full-time workers— will be paid when a child is six months old instead of at 12 months, enabling parents to return to work sooner. Additionally, if at least five families demand a crèche, localities will have to provide one from next year. So far only towns with more than ten thousand residents had to provide facilities for baby care.

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