Birth Rates Keep Falling in Ukraine and Coming Closer to a 30-Year Low

Since 1990, the population has been steadily decreasing.

6 September 2021

132,595 children were born in the first half of 2021. It is 5% less than in the same period of 2020 when 139,134 children were born and 11.5% less than in the first half of 2019 when 149,549 were born.

Average monthly figures clearly show that birth rates decline every month. 2019 saw around 25,700 newborns every month, followed by 24,500 in 2020 and 22,000 in the first half of 2021.

Birth rates in 2021 by month
MonthJanuary 2021FebruaryMarchAprilMayJune
Newborns21,93121,76323,82021,51120,60122,969

According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the most recent population increase was recorded as far back as at the time of the USSR—in 1990—and the figure has been declining ever since.

The worst birth rate in 30 years was recorded in 2020 at 293,457 newborns. Given the current dynamics, 2021 is about to beat this abysmal record.

Birth and mortality rates
Year20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Born during the year497,689502,595520,705503,657465,882411,781397,037363,987335,874308,817293,457
Died during the year698,235664,588663,139662,368632,296594,796583,631574,123587,665581,114616,835

Over the six months, 349,041 people died in Ukraine. Thus, the overall population decline amounted to 216,446 people.

Population decline
Year1990199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Population decline, thousand people27-39-100-184-243-299-309-311-300-350-373-369-364-356-334-355-297-290-243-194-200-162-142-158-166-183-186-210-251-272-323

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The birth rate has dropped

by 40% in 10 years