According to data from the National Statistical Institute (NSI), the number of people who died in the country in 2022 is 30,181 fewer than in 2021, when the COVID-19 pandemic peaked. Despite this, the total population of Bulgaria decreased by 34,774 people in just one year, reaching 6.447 million people as of December 31, 2022.
The results of the survey conducted by the National Statistical Institute show that Bulgaria and Latvia have the highest death rates in the European Union (EU) at 18.4 percent, while Ireland and Luxembourg have the lowest death rates at 6.8 and 7 percent, respectively.
The number of Bulgarian citizens over 65 years of age increased by 0.1% in just one year, to 1.515 million. The provinces with the highest percentage of this age group are Vidin, Gabrovo and Kyustendil, while the lowest are Sofia, Varna and Blagoevgrad (Upper Friday). In the European Union, only Italy and Portugal have significant older populations.
More than 1,250 children were born in Bulgaria in 2022, 28,923 and 27,673, respectively. The country’s birth rate is better than Italy’s at 8.8 and 6.8, but it lags far behind Ireland, 12, Cyprus, 11.4, and France and Sweden, at 1 each.
The share of the working-age population (15-64 years) decreased from 60.1% in 2021 to 58.5% in 2022. For comparison, in 1990 the share of this age group was lower at 55.5%, but at that time the retirement age was less than 60 , and now approaching 65 years old for men.
The smallest county in terms of population is Vidin, where 72,754 people live or 1.1% of the country’s population, and the largest is Sofia with 1,280334 people live or 19.9% of the country’s population. There are four districts with a population of more than 300,000 people, and in the first three of them – the city of Sofia, Plovdiv (Plovdiv) and Varna, more than a third of the country’s population (36.3%) live. There is an increase in population in only two districts, Karjali and Sofia City. In 2022, a decrease in the population of all other provinces is recorded.
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