Natural decrease slows in March


In March 2022, 6,970 children were born and 11,746 people died according to preliminary data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

The number of births was down 11% compared to March 2021.

The number of deaths fell by 35% compared to last March. The reason for the significant decrease was the high base value of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in March last year. This year’s value was 1.7% higher compared to March 2019, the corresponding month in the last year before the pandemic.

The natural decrease was 4,776 as opposed to 10,147 last March.

A total of 4,541 couples got married, which was 12% less or 593 fewer than in the third month of 2020.

More than 90,000 births, almost 150,000 deaths registered in last 12 months

Some 90,371 children were born in the last 12 months (April 2021-March 2022), 2,027 fewer or 2.2% less than in the previous 12 months. Within this year, the number of births decreased by 12% in January–March compared to the same period of 2021.

The total fertility rate was estimated at 1.55 per female, compared with 1.57 in April 2020-March 2021.

There were 148,574 deaths, 0.9% less or 1,394 fewer than in the previous 12 months. The number of deaths was down by 4.8% in January and by 35% in March and grew by 3.8% in February this year compared to the corresponding months of 2021.

The number of births decreased more significantly than that of deaths, as a result of which the natural decrease was 58,203, which was a rise of 1.1% compared to the value of 57,570 in April 2020-March 2021.

Some 70,292 couples got married, 5.2% year-on-year or 3,459.

In the January–March period this year, 14% fewer marriages were registered than in the same months of 2021.

There were 9.3 live births and 15.3 deaths per thousand population. The rate of live births was 0.2 per mille point and that of deaths 0.1 per mille point lower than in April 2020–March 2021, as a result of which the rate of natural decrease was up by 0.1 per mille point to 6 per mille. The number of infant deaths was 3.4 per thousand live births, 0.2 per mille point larger than in the previous twelve months. The marriage rate was 7.2 per mille, 0.4 per mille point higher than in the period twelve months earlier.

The number of births rose merely in the capital (by 1.1%) and diminished in the rest of the regions in the last year compared to the period a year earlier. The highest decrease was in Southern Transdanubia and the lowest one in Western Transdanubia.

The number of deaths decreased in half of the regions – Budapest, Pest Region, Western Transdanubia, and Northern Hungary – and went up in the rest compared to the previous twelve months. The highest growth occurred in Southern Great Plain and the largest decrease in Budapest.

The natural decrease grew in all regions except for Budapest and Western Transdanubia. The largest growth was in Northern Great Plain and the lowest one in Pest Region.

The number of marriages rose in all regions except two – Southern Great Plain and Northern Great Plain. The highest increase occurred in Budapest and the lowest one in Southern Transdanubia.


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