Hungary's population fell around 10,000 in the first half of 2010 to 10,004,000 at the end of June, though immigration offset part of the natural decline, fresh data from the Central Statistics Office (KSH) show.
The difference between live births and deaths caused the population to fall by 19,555, slightly less than in H1 2009, but net immigration came to 9,600, offsetting about half of the decline.
The number of live births fell 4.3% from a year earlier to 45,128 in H1 2010, while the number of deaths fell 3.2% to 64,683.
Calculated per thousand people, live births fell to 9.1 in H1 from 9.5 a year earlier, while deaths fell to 13 from 13.4 and marriages fell to 2.9 from 3.3 in H1 2009.
Including the effect of immigration, Hungary's population fell by 17,000 to 10,014,000 in 2009. (MTI-ECONEWS)