Bulgaria Population Continues to Decline

Society | March 25, 2009, Wednesday // 14:11
Bulgaria Population Continues to Decline: Bulgaria Population Continues to Decline The active population in Bulgaria has decreased by 14 000 during the past year. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency.

The permanent population of Bulgaria was slightly over 7,5 million people at the end of 2008.

Compared to the beginning of 2008, the population has decreased by 33 700 people, down to 7 606 000.

At the end of 2008, 71% of all Bulgarians lived in the cities and bigger towns. The average age was 42 years.

The data was released Wednesday by the Bulgarian National Statistics Institute (NSI).

The active population by the end of 2008 was 63% of the entire population and has decreased by 14 000 during the year.

2008 has registered 88 000 newborns.

Bulgaria continues to hold the sad record of the highest child mortality rate in the European Union with 670 deaths in 2008.

Data further reveals that less and less Bulgarians believe in legal marriage. The number of marriages in 2008 is 28 000 - 2 000 less then in 2007.

The average life expectancy of Bulgarian men is 69 years, and 76 years for the women.


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