Population decline smallest in recent years

The size of the population of Estonia decreased by about 400 people as a result of negative natural growth in 2009, marking the smallest annual drop since 1992, Statistics Estonia said on Friday.
The population decline slowed down last year as a result of a smaller number of deaths. However, the number of live births decreased for the first time during the last eight years.
During the year, 15 807 live births were registered in Estonia, 221 fewer than in 2008. The number of deaths was 16 201, which is about 500 fewer than in the preceding year.
By a preliminary estimate of Statistics Estonia, the country’s population numbered 1 340 000 as on 1 January 2010. The natural increase of population in Estonia has been negative since 1991.
In 2009, 5 409 marriages were contracted and 3 193 marriages were divorced, which is respectively 718 and 308 less than in the year before.

Source: Estonian Review

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