Figures Show That EU Population Dipped Due to COVID

Recent official statistics revealed that the population of the European Union is declining due to lives lost during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Eurostat’s annual Demography of Europe report, the number of people living in the 27-country bloc declined by 278,000 in the year to 1 January 2021, bringing the total population to 447.2 million.

In 2020, the natural population change (the difference between live births and deaths) fell to -2.5. 

The decline was most likely due to COVID-19, which has claimed the lives of around 1.09 million people in the EU so far.

However, since 2012, the natural population trend has been negative, as fewer live babies were born — the rate has dropped from 10.2 live births per 1,000 population in 2001 to 9.1 — while the mortality rate has risen.

Those who are over the age of 65 accounted for a fifth of the population, with the number of people aged 80 and above more than doubling from 3% in 2001 to 6% in the last two decades.

Meanwhile, the proportion of persons under the age of 19 has dropped from 23% in 2001 to 20% in 2021.

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