Romania’s birth rate up by 13 pct in October for the third month in row

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The Romanian population dropped in the first 10 months of this year by 51,199 inhabitants because of the demographic decline, but the population drop was reduced compared with the same period of 2015, as a result of the birth rate higher by 13 percent in October and the reduced number of deaths starting August, say the data of the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

During January-October 2015, the negative population growth rate was 56,746 persons. The difference between the deaths number and the birth numbers in October was 4,651, which represents the negative population growth rate.

In comparison, in October 2015 the negative population growth rate was 5,813 persons.

The positive evolution from October comes after the data from August and September, when the negative population growth rate was 201, respectively 657 persons.

In October 2016 there were 17,212 newborns, by 1,960 (12.9 percent) more than in October 2015 and 21,863 deaths,  a growth by 798 compared with the same  onth of 2015.

In Romania, a combined number of 158,667 children were born in the first ten months, one percent lower than the same period of the last month, while the deaths number dropped by 3.3 percent to 209,866.

In the first ten months of the year there were 1,161 children under one year old died, compared with 1,297 in January-October 2015.

According to the last international statistics, Romania has the highest infant mortality rate from the EU.

In 2015 there were around 185,000 children born in Romania and the deaths number was 260,000, shows the data of Eurostat.

Experts expect an increase in the demographic decline of Romania is the next decades, so that Romanian population will reach 14.5 million inhabitants in 2050, according to international estimates.

Georgiana Bendre

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