Bulgaria's population shrinks

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Bulgaria's population shrank by 11% to 6.52 million in the past decade, its sharpest decrease registered to date, the statistics office (NSI) said on Thursday, citing preliminary data from a census held last year.

As much as 47% of the population decline was due to migration, NSI said.

Between 2011 and 2021 the share of people over 65 years grew by 5.4 percentage points to 23.9% of the total population, while people under 18 decreased by 0.2 pp to 15.9%.

The share of people in economically active age decreased by 5.1 pp to 60.3% over the 10-year period.

The census also found that an average Bulgarian household comprises 2.3 people. 

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