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Decrease in population continues

The number of child-births has grown in January-May 2005 in Hungary compared to the same period of 2004, partly offsetting a rise in the number of deaths, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) said. The number of births rose by 4% and there were 3.2 % more deaths, with 39,400 babies born and 59,700 people died, resulting in a gap of 20,300. Due to the positive balance of international migration, Hungary's total population decreased by less than that, about 12,000 people. In late May 2005 Hungary had a total population of 10,086,000, with 9.4 live births and 14.3 deaths per 1000 people. The number of weddings declined by 2%, with almost 14,000 marriages registered in the first five months of the year.