Slovakia’s population hits record of 5.421 million

THE NUMBER of inhabitants of Slovakia stood at around 5.421 million at the end of last year, the highest figure in the country’s history, the Statistics Office announced on June 29.

210 more children were born in 2014 compared to the previous year(Source: Sme)

Of the total, 51.3 percent were females, said Statistics Office chairwoman Ľudmila Benkovičová at a press conference. She reported that 55,033 children were born in 2014, which amounted to a year-on-year increase of 210. Conversely, the number of deaths decreased by 743 y-o-y to 51,346. This meant that the population swelled by a total of 3,687 individuals in 2014, which was a y-o-y increase in growth of 953. However, when evaluating the 2014 demographic rate, Benkovičová stated that the long-term trend has not seen any significant change.

“The most pressing problem remains the ageing of the population, which started in the 1960s,” said Benkovičová as reported by the TASR newswire. “We’re currently recording acceleration in this process, and the trend is here to stay in the years ahead.”

The average age of Slovaks in 2014 was 39.9 - 38.2 for men, and 41.4 for women. Slovakia acquired 1,713 individuals via foreign migration, with 5,357 people moving in and 3,644 leaving the country in 2014. Migration growth thus fell by 666 individuals y-o-y.

“The highest numbers of inhabitants moved in from the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Hungary and Austria,” said population statistics department head Zuzana Podmanická. “Conversely, the highest numbers of Slovaks migrated to the Czech Republic, Austria, the United Kingdom and Germany.”

Around 58 percent of the immigrants were men, whereas 60 percent of the emigrants were women.

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