Macedonia registers negative natural increase: 6,724 more deaths than births registered in 2020

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19,031 people were born in Macedonia in 2020, while 25,755 died, resulting in a natural population increase on -6,724, State Statistical Office data shows.

According to the data, in the Republic of Macedonia, the number of live births in urban areas in 2020 was 11,258, which represents 59.2% of the total number of live births, in comparison with 7,773 live births or 40.8% in rural areas. By regions, Skopje had the highest share of total live births, 38.8%, while the East Region had the smallest share, 6.1%.

The average age of mothers for all live births was 29.8 years in urban areas and 28.4 years in rural areas. The average age of mothers at first birth was 28.1 years in urban areas and 25.9 years in rural areas. Mothers from rural areas were 2.2 years younger at first birth than mothers from urban areas.

The number of deaths in urban areas was 15,948, which represents 61.9% of the total numbers of deaths, in comparison with 9,807 or 38.1% in rural areas. By regions, Skopje had the largest share of the total number of deaths, 28.5%, while the Vardar Region had the smallest share, 8.1%. There were 64 infant deaths in urban areas and 44 in rural areas.

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