In Slovakia 43,900 children were born in the first nine months of 1998 while 39,200 people died in this period, repoerted the Statistical Office on the internet. Compared with the same period in 1997, the number of live births decreased by 1,505 children.
The natural population increase declined by 1,900 to 4,800 people in comparison with the first nine months of 1997. Slovakia recorded 1,534 immigrants to Slovakia, while 397 people emigrated.
On September 30, 1998 Slovakia had 5,393,500 inhabitants, of whom 52.3% were women.