The population of the Czech Republic increased by 2,100 during the first quarter of 2012 to reach 10,507,600, with the increase driven by “a positive balance of international migration,” although their numbers decreased compared to the same period of last year, the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ) said on Tuesday.
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.
A more detailed breakdown of census figures for 2011 shows single men overtaking married menn in the capital as the overall population shoots up towards the 1,3 million mark. The capital's population fell in the decade after 1991 as more people moved out into the suburbs and countryside. Owner occupided and Internet connected flats have also surged.
A surplus of around 11,000 immigrants compared with emigrants was the main factor pushing the Czech population total higher during the first nine months of the year. Otherwise, everything was down compared with the same period in 2010, from marriages, to births, divorces and deaths.
The EU population is expected to peak around 2040, rising to 526 million people from its January 2010 level of 501 million. After that, it will decline and hit 517 million in 2060 according to Eurostat. The population is also expected to continue to be proportionately older, with the share of population 65 and older rising from 17 percent in 2010 to 30 percent in 2060.
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.