Portugal recorded 1,710 fewer deaths in February compared to the same month in 2023


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Portugal recorded 1,710 fewer deaths (15.8%) in February than in the same month of 2023, totaling 9,139 deaths, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) released today, which also point to a drop in the number of births in January.

Compared to January 2024, there was a 32.1% decrease in the number of deaths in February (4,315 fewer deaths), according to INE’s monthly data on mortality, births and marriages.

INE points out that “the number of deaths due to covid-19 fell to 27 (129 less than in January 2024), representing 0.3% of all deaths”.

In January 2024, 7,044 babies were born alive, corresponding to a decrease of 1.6% (112 less) compared to December last year and 2.2% (160 less) compared to the same month in 2023.

In 2023, 85,968 babies were born in Portugal, 1,979 more (+2.4%) than in 2022, when 83,989 live births were recorded.

In January 2024, the natural balance (the difference between the number of live births and the number of deaths in a given period) worsened.

This month, the natural balance stood at -6,398, worsening compared to December 2023 (-4,985) and the same month in 2023 (-4,721)

The natural balance is negative when the number of live births is less than the number of deaths.

“In 2023, the accumulated value of the natural balance was -32,613, down from the value observed in 2022 (-40,640),” says INE.

INE’s Vital Statistics also reveal that the number of marriages celebrated in January 2024 fell by 7.7% compared to January 2023.

“In January 2024, 1,533 marriages were celebrated, which is lower than the number recorded in December 2023 (508 fewer; -24.9%) and lower than January 2023 (127 fewer marriages; -7.7%),” the data indicates.

In total, 36,980 marriages were celebrated in 2023, 28 more than in 2022.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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