ELSTAT announced data on the evolution of demographic indicators in Greece. The source of these data are the Civil Registry Offices of all Greek Municipalities, which register all the births, deaths, marriages and registered partnerships that occur in Greece.
The natural population change (i.e., the change attributed only to the difference between the number of live births and deaths, without taking into account migration), in 2015, recorded a downward trend, as a natural population decrease of 29,365 persons was observed.
Births: In 2015, the number of births in Greece amounted to 91,847 (47,294 males and 44,553 females), recording a 0.3% decrease in comparison with 2014, when the number of births was 92,148 (47,383 males and 44,765 females). The number of births does not include stillbirths, which in 2015 amounted to 312, decreasing by 11.6% in comparison with 353 stillbirths in 2014.
As regards mother’s citizenship, in 2015, 79,904 births by Greek citizen mothers were recorded (87.0%) and 11,943 by foreigners (13.0%). The corresponding data recorded in 2014 were 79,975 (86.8%) and 12,173 (13.2%), respectively.
In 2015, the mean age of mother at childbirth was 31.3 years, recording an increase in comparison with 2014, when the mean age of mother at birth was 31.0 years.
Births outside marriage, in absolute numbers, recorded an increase of 3.2% amounting to 7,393 in 2015 (8.0% of total births) compared with 7,165 (7.8% of total births) in 2014.
Deaths: In 2015, the number of deaths recorded an increase of 6.6% amounting to 121,212, (61,798 males and 59,414 females) in comparison with 113,740 (58,132 males and 55,608 females) in 2014.
The median age at death in 2015 was 76.1 years for men and 81.6 years for women, recording an upward trend for both sexes, in comparison with 2014 (75.5 years for men and 81.2 for women, respectively).
The infant mortality rate (deaths of infants under one year of age during the reference year, per 1,000 live births) rose from 3.75 in 2014 to 3.96 in 2015.
The neonatal mortality rate (deaths of infants under 28 days of age during the reference year per 1,000 live births) rose from 2.63 in 2014 to 2.90 in 2015. The perinatal mortality rate (deaths of infants aged less than 7 days plus stillbirths during the reference year per 1,000 total births) dropped from 5.66 in 2014 to 5.35 in 2015. More analytically, out of 364 infant deaths, 74 infants were younger than 1 day old and 266 were aged less than 1 month.