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EU population continues to decrease for a second year

After a first decline in population growth in 2020 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the EU’s population decreased again in 2021, from 447 million on 1 January 2021 to 446.8 on 1 January 2022. The negative natural change (more deaths than births) outnumbered the positive net migration for a second year, most likely due to the impact of the pandemic. In the EU, there were 531.000 more deaths in 2020 than in 2019 to be compared to 113.000 more deaths in 2021 than in 2020.

Eurostat, 11 July 2022