Greece’s population declined by 29,365 individuals in 2015 as the death rate overtook births, without calculating the effect of migration, the Hellenic Statistical Authority ELSTAT reported on Friday.
According to ELSTAT figures, there were 91,847 births (47,294 boys and 44,553 girls) in 2015, down 0.3 pct compared with 2014. Of these births, 79,904 were to mothers of Greek nationality (87 pct) and 11,943 to mothers of foreign nationality (13 pct). The average age of mothers rose to 31.3 years, up from 31 years in 2014, and births to unmarried mothers accounted for 8 pct of the total.
The number of deaths in 2015 came to 121,212 individuals, up 6.6 pct compared with 2014, of which 61,798 were men and 59,414 were women. The average age at death rose to 76.1 years for men (from 75.5 years in 2014) and 81.6 years for women (from 81.2 years in 2014). Infant mortality, as measured by infant deaths per 1,000 live births, rose to 3.96 in 2015 from 3.75 in 2014.
There were 53,672 marriages in 2015, up 1.1 pct compared with the previous year, of which 27,253 were registry office marriages and 26,419 were religious ceremonies. The average age of women at their first marriage was 30.4 years (up from 30.2 years in 2014) and the average of men at their first marriage was 33.1 years, up from 32.9 years in 2014. There was also a 66 pct increase in civil partnership agreements.