Hungary’s population decline slowed in the first two months of the year as the number of births increased by 8.8% and the number of deaths decreased by 13% compared with the same period last year, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) has reported. Preliminary figures show that there were 15,148 births in January-February, up 1,230 from the same period a year earlier. According to leap day-adjusted data, the number of births for the period was up 7.1% compared with 2019.
The number of deaths was 22,818, down 3,431 from last year, KSH said. According to leap day-adjusted data, the number of deaths was down 15%. The rise in births and the drop in the death rate means that the rate of natural population decline was down 38% compared with the same period last year, or 39%, according to leap day-adjusted data. The number of marriages went up by an annual 121% to 7,381.