Over the first three quarters of 2018, the population of the Czech Republic has increased by 27.7 thousand people, according to new data published today by the Czech Statistical Office.
The vast majority of that increase in population – 26.1 thousand people – is credited to net migration into the country. 43.1 thousand people immigrated into the Czech Republic over the first nine months of 2018 while 17 thousand left the country, resulting in a net migration gain of 26.1 thousand.
As of September 30, the Czech population stood at an estimated 10,637,800 people, which represents a .2% increase in total population over the official numbers from the beginning of the year.
A total of 86.6 thousand children were born in the Czech Republic over the first nine months of 2018, which represents a tiny drop (less than 100 births) over the same period during the previous year. 44.6 thousand children were born to married women, 37.9 thousand to single women, and 4.1 thousand to widows, resulting in a small increase in the percentage of children born outside marriage.
Meanwhile, the Czech Republic registered a total of 85 thousand deaths over the first three quarters of 2018, 1.3 thousand more than the same period last year. The age of deceased men was 72.6 years on average, while women registered 79.7 years.
Should these trends continue, the number of deaths in the Czech Republic may exceed the number of live births at some point in the next few years.
Ukrainians made up the largest number of net migrants into the Czech Republic over the first three quarters of 2018, at 8.9 thousand.
Slovaks (3.9 thousand), Romanians (1.5 thousand), and Bulgarians (1.4 thousand) were the next highest among net migrants into the Czech Republic.