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Romania’s resident population below 20 mln people

Romania’s resident population stood at 19,861,000 people on January 1, 2015, down by 85,900 people compared to the same period of the previous year, show provisional data released by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
Thus, on the first day of this year, Romania’s resident population was under 20 million people, with the main cause of this reduction being the negative natural increase (minus 69,522 people). Of the total reported number, female population amounted to 10.141 million, down by 0.6pct compared to the same date of the previous year.
According to the INS, the urban population and women are the majority, 53.8pct and 51.1pct respectively. ‘The demographic ageing phenomenon has become steeper, with the gap between the population aged 65 and older and the young population aged 0 to 14 increased to over 300,000 people (3.376 million from 3.072 million people),’ mentions the release.
On January 1, 2015, the resident population in urban areas was 10.695 million people, down 0.5pct from January 1, 2014.
According to the INS, the ageing process has deepened from January 1, 2014, standing out a decrease in the number of young people aged up to 14 and an increase in the number of elderly people, aged 65 and over.
The share of the population aged up to 14 in total population remained constant (15.5pct) in both years, but the share of the population aged 65 and over in total population increased from 16.5pct in 2014 to 17pct on January 1, 2015.
‘Romania remains a country of emigration. International migration balance in 2014 was negative, with the number of immigrants having exceeded the number of immigrants by 42,000 people. Throughout 2014, the same as in 2013, women immigrated in a higher proportion than men (56.8pct). Among immigrants, men were the majority (55.1pct),’ the release reads.

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