RIGA - According to the provisional results of the Population and Housing Census 2011, the number of Latvia’s population on March 1, 2011 comprised 2,067,887, Central Statistics Bureau reports. Since the Census 2000 the number of population in the country has reduced by 309,000 or 13 percent.
The reduction in the population number has been caused by both population natural movement (number of deaths exceeding the number of births) and international migration. As the number of deaths during the whole time period since the last Census has been higher than the number of births, the number of population due to this factor has diminished by 119,000, but because of the international migration – by 190,000 persons.
The largest population decrease has been registered in Latgale province, by up to 30 percent in some Latgale regions, according to the preliminary data.