A population of just under 6 and a half million people, although the birth rate in our country is close to the average in Europe and although in 2022 there are three times more people arriving in Bulgaria than leaving the country, informs Nova TV.

Because then in one year our population decreased by half a percent and what does Bulgaria look like in numbers?

6,447,710 people, or in other words – 1.5% of the total population of the EU.

This is how we look according to the final data on the population and demographic processes in our country during the past year.

There are fewer men – for every 1,000 men, there are 1,080 women.

Nearly 60% of the population is of working age.

And the persons in the so-called "dependent ages" - those over 65 and those under 15, represent respectively 23.5% and just over 14% of Bulgarians.

For comparison, the percentage is close to the European average in both age groups.

The most aging population appears to be in Italy, where the proportion of adults is the highest in the entire EU, and that of children is the lowest.

Half of the country's population lives in the South-West and South-Central regions, and the North-West has the smallest population.

The majority of Bulgarians chose to live in the city - over 70%.

We live in 5,256 settlements, of which there are nearly 5,000 villages. However, no one lives in 205 of them.

Compared to 2021, only the districts of Kardzhali and Sofia city have increased their population.

In all other areas, it is decreasing.

The factors that have an impact are the demographic processes birth rate, death rate and migration.

In the past year, nearly 57,000 children were born in the country.

As the boys are 1250 more than the girls.

The birth rate, which shows the number of new births for every 1,000 people, is 8.8 - almost the same as the European average, where it is 9. The most children per capita are born in Ireland, and the fewest again in Italy , whose coefficient is 6.8, significantly lower than that in Bulgaria.

27 and a half years is the average age at which Bulgarian women give birth to their first child.

Nearly 119,000 people have died in our country in the last year.

Although this is 30,000 fewer than the previous one, the overall death rate remains the highest in the EU.

A death rate of 18.4, apart from our country, is still only in Latvia.

Bulgaria is melting: 6,447,710 people is our population by 2022.

In 2022, nearly 103,000 people made internal migration in the country.

Just over 13,000 have changed their current address in the country to one abroad.

But more than three times more are the Bulgarians who returned to our country and the foreigners wished Bulgaria as their home.

"The low birth rate is characteristic of developed countries, as we believe Bulgaria is too.

The coefficient is close to the EU average.

There is no surprise or anything particularly alarming about this.

Our death rate is the highest in the EU.

It is true that this year we have 30,000 fewer cases than the previous one, but I wouldn't call that a positive trend.

In 2020-2021 there was an extremely high death rate due to COVID.

Now we are returning to the usual levels, which are too high", said Magdalena Kostova, director of the Directorate "Demographic and Social Statistics" at the NSI. 

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