Resident Population increases during last decade, although decreasing since 2010
27 March 2013
On december 31st 2011 the resident population in Portugal was estimated to be of 10,542,398 individuals, 30,323 less than the estimated population on December 31st 2010, resulting in a negative population growth rate of 0.29%.
The lowering rates of natural growth, reaching almost null or even negative values in recent years, alongside with a decrease in the migration growth rate to very low and even negative values as estimated for 2011, resulted in a slower pace of population growth rates between 2001 and 2009 and a population decrease both in 2010 and 2011.
Demographic events observed between 2001 and 2011 show: a decrease in the number of live births, reaching in 2011 the lowest value ever observed; a general decrease in mortality, with higher life expectancies at all ages; a decrease in the number of marriages, with the marriage rate reaching its lowest value in 2011; a reverse in the positive trend of divorces observed since 2001, with a decrease in the number of divorces from 2010 to 2011.