Hungaryʼs natural decrease slows in first quarter

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In the first quarter of 2018, the number of live births was down 1.9% and the number of deaths 6% fewer than in the corresponding period of 2017, preliminary data from the Central Statistical Office (KSH) shows. As a result, the natural decrease in the population was 14,892, some 11.5% less than in January–March 2017.

In March 2018, some 7,106 children were born in Hungary, 5.3% fewer than in March 2017. The number of deaths was 13,041, an increase of 12%, or numerically 1,441 more deaths compared to March of the previous year.

As a result, the natural decrease was 5,935 in March 2018, as opposed to 4,099 in March 2017, which meant an increase of 45%.

In January–March 2018, a total of 21,731 children were born, 1.9% fewer than in January–March 2017.

A total of 36,623 Hungarians passed away in the first quarter, which meant a decrease of 6.0%. While January and February saw respective year-on-year decreases in the number of deaths of 22% and 4.2%, respectively, in March the number of deaths increased by 12%.

As a result, the natural decrease fell from 16,825 in January–March 2017 to 14,892 in the first quarter of 2018, an improvement of 11.5%.

There were 9.0 live births and 15.2 deaths per thousand inhabitants in the first quarter. The number of infant deaths was 3.4 per thousand live births in the first three months, about the same as a year earlier.

The pace of natural decrease lessened in all regions. The most significant fall (–24%) was registered in Western Transdanubia due to an increase in the number of births and an above-average decline in the number of deaths.

The number of marriages in Q1 2018 was 0.5% fewer than in the equivalent period last year. While marriages increased slightly in January and February, the number declined in March by 1.9%.

Data on births, deaths and marriages in January–April 2018 will be published by the KSH on June 26.

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