Pace of Natural Decrease Slows in April


The natural decrease ofthe population in Hungary was 3,257 in April 2024, as opposed to 4,067 a year ago, according to data by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

According to preliminary data, 6,139 children were born and 9,396 people died in the fourth month of 2024. The number of births lessened by 3.9% year-on-year, and that of deaths by 10%.

Some 3,688 couples got married, which was 6.4% (223 more) than in April 2023.

Fertility Rate Keeps Dropping

In January–April 2024, some 25,468 children were born in Hungary, 2,188 or 7.9% less than in January–April 2023. Within this, the number of live births was 9.1% less in January–March and 3.9% less in April than in the same months of 2023.

The total fertility rate was estimated at 1.37 per female, which was 1.48 a year earlier.

There were 43,098 deaths, 5% less or 2,270 fewer than one year earlier. Compared to the same periods of the previous year, 1.8% more people died in January and 0.1% more in February, while 11% fewer people died in March–April.

Due to the balance of births and deaths, the natural decrease was 17,630 people, which was 0.5% below the value of 17,712 for January–April 2023.

Approximately 10,757 couples got married, 11% or 1,037 more than a year earlier. 28% more marriages were registered in January–February, 6.4% more in April, but 1.8% less in March than in the corresponding months of 2023, KSH notes.

There were 8 live births and 13.6 deaths per thousand population. The rate of live births was 0.7 per mille points and that of deaths 0.8 per mille points lower than in January–April 2023, as a result of which the rate of natural decrease was almost identical to that of the previous period, 5.6 per mille. The number of infant deaths was 4.2 per thousand live births, which was 1.5 per mille points more compared to the same period of the previous year. The marriage rate was 3.4 per mille, 0.3 per mille points higher than a year earlier.

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