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Portugal records biggest population decline in 50 years: census


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Portugal registered a positive migration balance, but that “was not enough to compensate” for the reduction in the country’s population in the last 10 years, according to an analysis from the president of the National Statistics Institute.

LISBON, July 28 (Xinhua) — Portugal registered in 2021 a resident population of 10,347,892 people, a decrease of two percent compared to 2011, according to the census results released on Wednesday by the Portuguese National Statistics Institute (INE).

With 214,286 fewer residents compared to the past decade, Portugal confirmed the largest population decrease in the last 50 years, according to INE.

“In terms of the census, the only decade in which there was a decrease in population was between 1960 and 1970,” the INE said in a statement.

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According to an analysis by INE President Francisco Lima, Portugal registered a positive migration balance, but that “was not enough to compensate” for the reduction in the country’s population in the last 10 years.

According to him, only the regions of Lisbon and Algarve, in the south of Portugal, registered an increase in population, indicating that “there is a clear concentration around the capital” of the country, with “inland territories losing population.”

The Portuguese census was carried out between April 5 and May 31, with 99.3 percent of the population’s responses arriving through digital internet channels.



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