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Natural decrease slows slightly in January

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In January 2022, the population's natural decrease in Hungary slowed to 6,355 compared to 6,448 in the first month of 2021, with the number of deaths and live births both decreasing, according to data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

In the first month of 2022, a total of 6,602 children were born, 10% less or 740 fewer than a year earlier.

The total fertility rate was estimated at 1.34 per female per month, compared with 1.48 for the same period of the previous year.

Some 12,957 people lost their lives, 6% less or 833 fewer than in January 2021.

A total of 2,231 couples got married, which was 20% less or 541 fewer than in January 2021.

There were 8 live births and 15.7 deaths per thousand population. Both lessened by nearly the same order of magnitude, they were 0.9 per mille point lower than one year earlier. As a result, the rate of natural decrease was down from 7.8 per mille in January 2021 to 7.7 per mille, KSH notes.

The number of infant deaths was 3 per thousand live births in January 2022, which was 0.2 per mille point higher than in the same month of the previous year.

The marriage rate was 2.7 per mille, 0.6 per mille point lower than a year earlier.

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