Greek Population Decreased in 2013



populationRecent figures published by ELSTAT, the Hellenic Statistical Authority, have shown that Greece’s natural population decreased in 2013. In its analysis, ELSTAT took into consideration live births and deaths, not migration.

The reports indicate that the Greek population decreased by 17,660 people in 2014. This has been the overriding trend throughout the course of the economic crisis. In 2013, the number of children born in Greece was 94,134 – 48,430 males and 45,704 females. This amounted to a 6.21% decrease compared to 100,371 births in 2012 – 51,654 males and 48,717 females. There were 376 stillbirths in 2013, a 15.7% decrease compared to the 446 stillbirths in 2012. Births by Greek mothers amounted to 80,940 – 85.98% – and 13,194 by foreigners – 14.02%. Births out of wedlock fell from 7,640 – 7.6% of total births – in 2012 to 6,337 – 6.7% of total births – in 2013.

In 2013, the number of deaths decreased by 4.15%, reaching 111,794 – 57,627 males and 54,167 females. This is compared to 116,670 – 60,37 males and 56,533 females – in 2012. The average age of death in 2013 was 75.25 years for men and 80.85 years for women.

The infant mortality rate hit 3.69% in 2013 compared to 2.9% in 2012. The neonatal mortality rate – deaths of infants under 28 days – rose from 1.89% in 2012 to 2.63% in 2013. The perinatal mortality rate – deaths of infants under 7 days – reached 5.79% in 2013 compared to 5.64% in 2012.

There were 51,256 marriages in 2013, compared to 49,710 in 2012 – a total increase of 3.11%. Civil marriages occurred as often as religious ones. More specifically, out of 51,256 marriages, 25,624 were religious and 25,632 were civil ones. Finally, in 2013 the number of registered partnerships increased by 85.03%.

ELSTAT’s figures were based on the Civil Registry Offices of Greek municipalities.