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Population decline slows significantly in January-May

The rate of population decline slowed significantly in the first five months of 2006 as the number of births showed a slight increase while the number of deaths fell compared to the same period a year ago, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) reported on Monday.

Hungary's population was estimated at 10,071,000 at the end of May, and dropped 3.7 per thousand in the first five months this year compared to a decline of 4.9 per thousand in the same period of 2005.
In the first five months, 39,873 babies were born, while there were 55,279 mortalities and 13,131 marriages. The number of newborns increased by 0.5% year-on-year while mortalities were down by 8.2%. The positive effects of international migration also added to the number of residents, so the country's population declined by merely 6,000 year-on-year. Infant mortality declined from 6.4 to 5.1 per thousand year-on-year in the first five months of 2006, KSH said.