Portugal’s resident population surpasses 10.6 million, INE reveals


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The resident population in Portugal increased in 2023 for the fifth consecutive year, surpassing 10.6 million, the National Statistics Institute (INE) announced today.

On December 31, the country’s resident population was estimated at 10,639,726 people, 123,105 more than in 2022.

“The population increase resulted from a migration balance of 155,701 people (136,144 in 2022), which offset the negative natural balance of -32,596 (-40,640 in 2022),” according to INE.

In 2023, as a result of the increase in the birth rate, the average number of children per woman of childbearing age increased to 1.44 children, compared to 1.42 in 2022.

Demographic ageing in Portugal “continued to increase”, noted the Institute.

In 2023, the ageing index, which compares the population aged 65 and over with the population aged zero to 14, reached 188.1 elderly people for every 100 young people (184.4 in 2022).

“The median age of the resident population in Portugal, which corresponds to the age that divides the population into two groups of equal size, rose from 46.9 years in 2022 to 47.1 years in 2023,” said INE, when releasing the resident population estimates.

Of the total number of residents in the country at the end of last year, 5,083,568 were men and 5,556,158 women.

The increase of 123,105 people compared to 2022 represents an effective growth rate of 1.16%, compared to 0.91% in 2022, according to the same source.

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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