THE population in the government controlled areas decreased by almost 1.0 per cent last year according to the statistical services’ demographic report for 2013.
The report gives an account of population developments and provides data on fertility, mortality, marriages, divorces and migration.
According to the report, the population in the government-controlled areas was estimated at 858,000 at the end of 2013 compared to 865,900 in the previous year, recording a decrease of 0,9per cent.
Births have also decreased. The report shows 9,341 births in 2013, compared to 10,161 in 2012, and the fertility rate, which gives the mean number of children per woman was estimated at 1.3 in 2013 and has, since 1995, remained below the replacement level of 2.1.
Life expectancy at birth is estimated at 80 years for males and 84.8 for females, while the mortality rate is 6.0 deaths per thousand.
Marriages have also decreased with last year showing 235 fewer than 2012. The report also showed the number of civil marriages was almost three times more than Church weddings.
A slight decrease has also been recorded in divorces. Last year 1,857 divorces were recorded, down from 2,036 in 2012.