The population of Hungary declined by 41,300 in 2018 as a net result of 89,800 live births and 131,100 deaths during the year, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said. Hungary’s population fell by 40,097 a year before, when there were 91,577 live births and 131,674 deaths. KSH noted that the estimated total fertility rate was 1.49, the same as in 2017. Thus, the willingness to have children remained unchanged and the number of live births fell due to the decline in the number of women of child-bearing age. The estimated total population of the country including the net effects of migration was at 9,764,000 at the end of the year. There were 50,900 marriage ceremonies in Hungary in 2018, up by 0.6%, or 328, compared with 2017.