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Riga – 30th among Europe’s largest cities in terms of population size

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFor Latvia’s 815th birthday, the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia offers residents interesting information about Riga in comparison with Europe’s largest cities.

In 2015, Riga with its 641,000 population* was the 30th largest city among 38 other European capitals in which the population exceeds one million people.

According to data from Eurostat, the three largest capitals in Europe in terms of population size are London (8.5 million), Berlin (3.5 million) and Madrid (3.1 million). The three smallest capitals are Malta’s Valletta with 5.7 thousand residents, Luxembourg with 111 thousand residents and Ljubljana with 287 thousand residents.

In most of those capitals, population size increased in 2014. In Riga, however, it decreased by 0.4%. Tallinn and Vilnius, on the other hand, experienced growth in population size of 0.7% and 0.5% respectively.

Riga is a confident leader among other large European cities with a proportion of 127 women per 100 men. All three Baltic capitals have the largest proportion of women: Vilnius’ proportion is 123, and that of Tallinn is 121 per 100 men. In Luxembourg, there are 100 men per 100 women, Oslo has 101 women per 100 men, London and Valletta both have 102 women per 100 men.

Athens had the biggest number of newborns per 1,000 residents at the beginning of 2015 – 22.7. Riga’s number of newborns was 11.7. Compared with other European capitals, Riga is on the 22nd place in terms of birth rates. Tallinn (11.5) and Vilnius (11.5) share 1th 17th and 18th place.

*Riga had 638,784 residents at the beginning of 2016.

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