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Hungary, eight other EU countries with negative population growth

According to a round of statistics from European Commission General Directorate Eurostat on population growth in 2012, some nine European Union member states experienced a contraction in citizenry last year – with Hungary among the most quickly shrinking. “Tops” in negative population growth was Romania, with a mark of -58,000 seen in 2012; Hungary saw a decrease of 28,000.

In terms of “negative natural increase,” Hungary fared second-worst in the EU, behind only Bulgaria (-5.1 people per 1000), with a rate of -4.7. In 2012, the highest population growth was observed in the UK (+489,000), France (+350,000), Italy (+194,000), Germany (+194,000) and Switzerland (+84,000).

A separate Eurostat report detailed life expectancy in each of the EU-28 states; here, Hungary also placed near the bottom: Measured from the age of 60, Eurostat put Hungarian life expectancy at 77.3 years; the sole EU states to finish worse were Bulgaria (77.1 years), Lithuania (76.8) and Latvia (76.5).

By the 60-year metric, average life expectancy in an EU member state in 2013 was figured at 81.5 years. Tops were Iceland and Switzerland, at average life expectancy of 84.2 and 83.3 years, respectively.