A sharp drop in the birthrate in 2011, for the third year in a row, helped push down the Czech Republic’s resident population to just over 10.5 million as deaths stabilized and the immigration declined.
The population of the Czech Republic was over 10.53 million as of Dec. 31, 2010, according to preliminary estimates the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ). The population grew by 26,000 over 2009; some 39.7 percent of the increase was due to a higher number of births than deaths. The infant mortality rate also reached a record low, the statisticians said, while the net migration trend slowed.
The number of marriages in the Czech Republic has been decreasing steadily and hit an historic low in the first three quarters of 2010, during which time only 39,000 marriages were recorded, down 2,600 year on year. Birth and death rates also dropped, but the population increased to 10.53 million as of Sept. 30.