Birth rates in Latvia 6.9% behind previous year
Since 2011, the number of live births in Latvia is increasing gradually, however in 2016, as compared to 2015, the growth has slowed down, and in the first three months of 2017 the number of newborn registered – 4,948 – is by 365 babies smaller than that recorded in the corresponding period of 2016, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.
Over the three months of this year, also the number of deaths has gone up – 8,031 deaths were registered, which is 183 or 2.3 % deaths more than in the corresponding period of 2016.
Natural increase in Latvia has been negative since 1991. During the first three months of 2017, as the number of deaths exceeded the number of births, Latvia population declined by 3,083 persons (by 2,535 in the corresponding period of 2016).
After stable increase in the marriage number recorded over a five-year period, in 2016 the indicator reduced, and the increase observed during the three months of 2017 is very small – 1,656 marriages were registered, which is only 30 marriages more than in the corresponding period of 2017.