In the first half of 2021, twice as many deaths as births
Provisional data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau show that in the first half of this year, 16 778 deaths were registered, which is 2 759 more than in the six months of last year (14 019) and twice as many deaths as births.
The number of live births in Latvia has been declining for the fifth year in a row. In 2020, 1 234 fewer children were born than in 2019 (17 552 and 18 786 children, respectively). Also, in the first six months of 2021, 8 351 children were registered, which is 606 births less than in the corresponding period of 2020.
The number of births and deaths by months can be viewed in an interactive graph on the Official statistics portal.
Natural growth in Latvia remains negative. In the first six months of 2021, the population of the country, with the number of deaths exceeding the number of births, decreased by 8 427 people (in the corresponding period of 2020 - by 5 062).
In the first six months of 2021, 3 724 marriages were registered, which is 135 marriages more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. However, the pre-pandemic figure of over 4 000 marriages in six months has not yet been reached.
On 1 July 2021, the estimated population in Latvia was 1 million 882 thousand.
Deaths - provisional number of deaths in the respective month. When compiling the annual statistics, the data are updated by including in the number of deaths persons who died in the respective month, registered as dead after the registration time set in the country (6 working days), as well as the persons who were among the usually resident population of Latvia in the previous year but died while staying abroad for a certain period of time.
Live births - provisional number of live births in the respective month. When compiling the annual statistics, the data are updated to include the number of births in the respective month, registered after the national birth registration time (one month after birth), and children, born outside Latvia to mothers who were among usually resident population of Latvia in the respective year but excludes from the total number those children whose parents are not nationals of Latvia and none of the parents were among usually resident population of Latvia.