The population of Belarus continues to decrease, figures show. The country has lost 14.8 thousand people in 2018.
9,747,100 people lived in Belarus as of the beginning of November, Belstat reports.
To compare, the country’s population totaled 9.95 million in 2001. It was declining for the next three years until a slight growth at the beginning of 2014.
The years 2015-2017 showed a further increase in the population of Belarus. Overall there were 9.5 million Belarusians at the beginning of 2017.
The following year brought another drop – the official stats counted 9,49 million people at the beginning of 2018.
Of them, 7.4 million live in cities; 1.9 million in the capital city of Minsk.
As for the labor force, 4.3 million were employed in the economy of Belarus in November 2018. This is 15,000 people less than at the beginning of the year.
Forecasts say that the population of Belarus is likely to keep falling.
According to the demographics forecasts of the Labor Ministry, the population of Belarus could go down to 8,96 million in 2030, excluding migration processes.
By 2050 the number of Belarusians could decrease even more – to 8.5 million according to the latest UN World Population Prospects report. The tendency for a serious decline of the population will be observed in many other countries of Eastern Europe, the report suggests.