The birth rate in Cyprus continued to fall in 2014 according to data released on Friday by the Statistical Service.
According to the demographic report of 2014, the population in the government controlled areas of Cyprus is estimated at 847,000 at the end of 2014 compared to 858,000 the previous year, a drop of 1.3 per cent.
In 2014 the number of births totaled 9,258 compared to 9,341 in 2013. The total fertility rate, which gives the mean number of children per woman was estimated at 1.31 in 2014 and has, since 1995, remained below the replacement level of 2.10, the statistical service says.
The number of deaths came to 5,250 in 2014 and the crude death rate was 6.2 deaths per thousand population.
The expectation of life at birth is estimated at 80.7 years for males and 84.5 for females.
In 2014 the number of marriages fell to 12,404 from 12,683 in 2013.
Ecclesiastical marriages increased from 3,652 in 2013, to 3,706 in 2014, and civil marriages fell from 9,031 in 2013 to 8,698 in 2014.
At the same time there were 1,884 divorces in 2014 up from 1.857 in 2013.
Despite a positive net migration rate in Cyprus in previous years, as from 2012, net migration has been negative, starting from -629 in 2012 and reaching -15,000 in 2014.