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Latvia's population decreases by 12.9% in the last decade

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During the time period of 2000 – 2010 the total population number in Latvia has diminished by 307 thousand or by 12.9%, of which by 115 thousand due to negative natural increase and by 192 thousand because of the migration.

In 2011 population number has reduced by 33 thousand, of which by 10 thousand due to negative natural increase and by 23 thousand because of migration, according to the date from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Along with the changes in population number also crude indicators have changed – e.g., birth and death rates were recalculated as well. Re-calculated crude birth rate in 2010 comprised 9.4 children per 1000 population (8.6 before re-calculation); whereas in 2011 crude birth rate in Latvia accounted for 9.1.

Indicator characterising generational change is total fertility rate – average number of children that would be born to a female during her lifetime provided the birth-rate of the given year remaining at the previous level. Indicator necessary for normal generational exchange is 2.1 children.

The highest indicator was reached in 2008 – 1.59 children (it meets the average European Union (EU) indicator) (1.45 before re-calculation). In 2010, in Latvia this indicator fell down to 1.36 children (1.18 before re-calculation).

In comparison, total fertility rate in 2011 comprised 1.34 children.

Birth indicators are improving after the population number re-calculation, whereas opposite situation can be observed in respect to the mortality, as number of deaths is attributed to the smaller population number.

Also here an important indicator is crude death rate – number of deaths per 1000 population. The highest indicator was recorded in 2007 – 15.0 deaths per 1000 population, while in 2010 – 14.3 (13.9 in 2011). It still is one of the highest indicators in EU.

Performance indicator characterising demographic situation is average life expectancy. During the time period from 2000 till 2010, life expectancy at birth for females has increased by 2 years and in 2010 it comprised 78 years, while for males it has grown by 3 years and in 2010 it accounted for 68 years. After re-calculation of the population number life expectancy indicators published prior have slightly reduced – e.g., by 0.5 years in 2010 (by 0.7 years for males and by 0.3 years for females).  Life expectancy at birth in 2011 comprised 69 years for males and 79 years for females.


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  1. JPR says:

    Incredible! The number of births is less than HALF of what is required for the normal sustainment of the population!! What is wrong with the Latvians – and with Europeans in general.

    Peoples of Europe, fight against the Arab infidel!

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    • JJ says:

      Arab infidel? What is your problem?

      Using the word infidel means that you must be Christian and you are talking about Islam.

      Without Islam you would have no modern medicine (and no algebra etc.) – how would the Latvian birthrate be then?!!!

      They believe in the same God as you. They accept Christ.

      So what is your problem? The fact that their skin is a different colour than yours?? What a shame that Christ was the same colour as them and not your colour!

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      • Lars Berhard says:

        Europe is Christian! DOWN WITH THE INFIDELS!

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        • jj says:

          Europe is Christian?? What rubbish, when only 4% of the French go to church (and similar throughout Europe).

          You obviously are not Christian either, otherwise you would not make such a bigoted comment.

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  2. Armed says:

    Do not worry Arabs wont come ito Latvia salaries are too shitty and anyway who could be interested in coming there.Better leave Latvia to Latvians and Russians .

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  3. Abder says:

    Spain as well as a part of France had been occupied by Arabs for several centuries.Today they are much more developped than Latvia.So stop telling Arabs are the problem.

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  4. Maedhros says:

    Maybe the problem is that in Latvia 400 children are killed before they can breath, in the womb of the “mothers”, every 1,000 who are allowed to be born and live.

    Government is worried about the demographic situation while managing at the same time the genocide of its own people!

    There are very few Christians left in Europe and those fews are also actively persecuted.

    Arabs (muslims), while not Christians, are much better than current godless Europeans: they do not allow such abominations!

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