There were 14% more deaths in 2020 than in the previous year. At the same time, fewer children were born, according to the State Statistical Office.
Most people died in December, 17,000, twice as many as in December of the previous year. Serbia entered 2021 with 53,000 fewer inhabitants.
The year of the coronavirus brought more deaths and fewer newborns. There were 61,693 babies born in 2020, 2.8% fewer than in 2019. There were as many as 114,954 deaths, i.e. 13.9% more.
Along with the nation’s characteristic ageing trend, the negative birthrate is a direct or indirect consequence of the pandemic.
Miladin Kovacevic, director of the State Statistical Office, says that we will know the exact statistical data on July 1, when the data will be processed on the basis of death certificates, that is, when they will be classified and coded. Although more people have died, especially in December, than in other European countries, there is room for hope, demographers say.
“Only Scandinavian countries are better than us, where the death rate is less than 10%, which is slightly better than Serbia’s 12%. On the other hand, most countries have recorded an increase of more than 20%, while in Spain, the death rate went up by 30%,” says demographer Vladimir Nikitović.
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