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Greece’s Population Declined Slightly in 2020

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The population of Greece faced a slight decline in 2020, according to data released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) on New Year’s Day.
ELSTAT’s data counts the population of the Mediterranean country at 10,718,565 people, broken down to 5,215,488 men and 5,503,077 women.
This signals a marginal 0.6% decrease in the population compared to the figure released by ELSTAT on January 1, 2019, which recorded the number of Greeks at 10,724,599.
The inclusion of migrants and refugees who received permanent residence in Greece into the population offset the decline in population this year, causing it to be very slight.
The total number of migrants in the country in 2019 was estimated at 34,439 people, as 129,459 migrants came into the country and 95,020 of them left Greece.
The majority of Greece’s population, 3,738,901 people or 34.9%, live in Attica, home to the country’s capital city Athens.
Central Macedonia, where the country’s second largest city of Thessaloniki is located, houses 17.5% of Greece’s population.
In 2020, the death toll was much higher than the birth rate in Greece, widening a substantial gap that has been forming and expanding in recent years. In 2019, 83,628 babies were born and 124,101 people died.
Greece’s population is largely made up of older citizens. Just 14.2% of the population is aged 0 to 14 years. A great 63.5% of Greeks are 15 to 64 years old, and 22.3% are aged 65 years and over.
A stunning 121,347 Greeks recorded on January 1, 2020 are over 100 years old, and 121,071 are between 90 and 99 years old.

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