VILNIUS - Over the eight months of 2012, the population of Lithuania decreased by 19,300 and there were 2.988 million persons living in Lithuania at the beginning of September 2012, Statistics Lithuania said.
Over the eight months of 2012, the population number decreased due to negative net international migration (more people emigrated than immigrated) and a natural decrease (more people died than were born).
Based on the final results of the 2011 population and housing census, in January-August 2012, negative net international migration accounted for 78 percent of the total population decline, natural decrease - for 22 percent.
In January-August 2012, the number of those who emigrated from Lithuania exceeded the number of those who immigrated to it by 15,100. During the 8 month period, departure from Lithuania was declared by 30,000 residents, which is by one-fourth less than in the same period of the previous year.
Over the eight months of this year, the number of deaths exceeded that of births by 4,200. Over the eight months of the current year, 23,100 babies were born, which is by almost 2 percent less than in the same period in 2011.
In January-August 2012, 27,300 persons died, which is by 1 percent less, compared year-on-year, Statistics Lithuania reported.