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28th August, 2019

Demographic decline accelerates

The pace of the natural demographic decline increased in the first six months of the year, as 2.8% fewer babies were born and 1% more people died than in the same period of 2018, the Central Statistics Office announced on Tuesday.

As a result, the extent of natural decline was 7.9% more than a year earlier.

In the first six months of this year, a total of 41,902 babies were born, 1,201 fewer than one year earlier.

From January to June 2019, a total of 67,741 people died, 691 more than in the corresponding period of 2018.

The Statistics Office attributed the surplus to the strikingly high number of January deaths “possibly resulting from the influenza epidemic that peaked earlier than last year”.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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