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Census of Bulgaria in 2021: the first results show a sharp drop in the population

Announcing the preliminary results of the September 2021 census, the National Institute of Statistics (INS) said on January 6 that it estimated the Bulgarian population at 6,520,314.

The director of the Directorate of Demographic and Social Statistics of the INS, Magdalena Kostova, said the population decline between the 2011 and 2021 censuses was the largest to date among recent counts.

“The country has shrunk by 844,000 people,” Kostova said.

“Most of this decrease, 53 percent, is due to negative demographic trends, higher-than-birth mortality and negative natural increase, as well as people who have left the country and not. have not returned, “she said.

The 2011 census showed Bulgaria’s population to be 7,364,570, according to the INS.

In 2021, before the census was taken, the INS estimated that as of December 31, 2020, the population of Bulgaria was 6,916,548.

According to preliminary results from the 2021 census, the population of Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, was nearly 1.5 million, while among the 28 districts, Vidin’s population was the smallest, around 74,000 people.

The share of people aged 65 and over increased by 5.4 percentage points compared to 2011 and by 9.6 percentage points compared to 1992.

INS chief Sergei Tsvetarski said 2021 had been “interesting and difficult”.

“We first had to postpone the census because of the first wave of coronavirus, then there were several elections, again from the coronavirus, political tensions in the country were high, and a negative attitude of the population towards the institutions , which also affected our work, “he said. noted.

Tsvetarski said there had been malicious attacks on the census website “which were quickly overcome, but still affected people’s attitudes about participating in the online census.”

He said final census data would likely be available by the end of 2022.

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