Hungaryʼs rate of natural decrease accelerates

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The natural decrease in the Hungarian population, whereby deaths exceed live births, has accelerated in the first six months of 2017, according to figures released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH). Although the birth rate was higher than one year before, deaths were also much higher in number.

In the first half of 2017, 43,870 children were born, 0.2% more than in the corresponding period of 2016. However, the 69,062 deaths recorded in January-June exceeded by 8.5% the number in the first half of 2016 due to a significant death surplus at the beginning of the year. The natural decrease thus amounted to 25,192 persons, some 5,289 more, or 27% higher, than a year earlier.

In June 2017 alone, 7,328 children were born, 2.6% less than in the same month of 2016. At 9,225, the number of deaths was a decrease of 5.4%, with the natural decrease in June thus amounting to 1,897 persons, 326 fewer than a year earlier.

There were 9.0 live births and 14.2 deaths per 1,000 inhabitants in January-June. The number of infant deaths was 3.6 per 1,000 live births in the first six months of the year.

The number of marriages in Hungary increased from 2011 until last year. In the first half of 2017, however, 21,624 marriages were registered, which is 4.6% fewer than one year before.

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