Number of deaths up 7.7% y.o.y. in 2020


In 2020, 92,233 children were born and 139,549 people died according to preliminary data, meaning that the number of births was 3.4% and that of deaths 7.7% higher than in the previous year, according to data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

As a result of the significant rise in the number of deaths in October–December (the peak of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Hungary), the annual natural decrease was 47,316, which was an increase of 17% compared to 40,410 in 2019.

The positive balance of international migration lowered the natural decrease of the population, as a result of which the estimated number of the resident population, updated on the basis of the 2011 census, was 9.731 million the end of 2020.

The total fertility rate was up from 1.49 in 2019 to 1.55 in 2020.

Some 67,301 couples got married, 3.1% more than in the previous year. Some 101% more marriages were registered in January–March, 8.9% more in April, 8.3% more in September–October and 2.9% more in December, while 15% less in May–August and 14% less in November than in the corresponding periods of 2019.

There were 9.5 live births and 14.3 deaths per 1,000 population. The rate of live births was 0.3 per mille point and that of deaths 1.0 per mille point higher than in 2019. Because of all this, the 4.9 per mille rate of the natural decrease was 0.7 per mille point higher than a year earlier. The number of infant deaths was 3.4 per thousand live births in 2020, which was 0.3 per mille point less than in the previous year. The marriage rate was 6.9 per mille, 0.2 per mille point higher than in 2019.

Deaths up 44% in December 2020

In December 2020, some 16,141 people lost their lives, 44% or 4,931 more than one year earlier. In the same month, 7,167 children were born, 7.9% less or 614 fewer than in December 2019.

The natural decrease over the month was 8,974, which was a growth of 162% on 3,429 in December 2019.

The number of marriages increased by 2.9%; 3,314 couples got married, 94 more than in December 2019.



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