Marriages and births both up in Gozo and Malta – World Population Day

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Marriages and births both up in Gozo and Malta - World Population DayOn 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme, recommended that World Population Day is observed annually by the international community on the 11th of July, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. The theme of this year’s World Population Day is ‘Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies.’

The world is seeing a record number of people displaced by crises – some 60 million according to the latest UN figures. UNFPA works in emergency settings around the globe to respond to the rights and needs of women and girls, helping them maintain their dignity, securing their safety, and restoring their access to sexual and reproductive health care.

This year, UNFPA will spend World Population Day raising awareness of the needs of vulnerable women and girls in emergencies.

To mark World Population Day, the National Statistics office has issued the following information.

The total population of Malta at the end of 2014 stood at 429,344, up by 0.9 per cent when compared to 2013.

The NSO said that the population increase was mainly due to net migration (immigration less emigration). In the total population, persons under 18 years of age made up 17.6 per cent, and persons aged 65 and over 18.5 per cent. Of these, 2,332 persons – 1,661 females and 671 males – were over 89 years. The Maltese population accounted for 93.6 per cent of the total population.

Live births registered in 2014 increased by 4.5 per cent over the previous year. 109 babies, or 2.5 per cent, were born to teenage mothers. Almost two-thirds of babies were born to mothers aged 25-34. In 2014, there were 3,270 registered deaths of which 63.5 per cent were persons aged 75 and over.

An increase of 293 registered marriages was observed last year: 246 in Malta and 47 in Gozo. Civil marriages accounted for 48.3 per cent of the total, an increase of 15.8 per cent over the previous year.

From the perspective of age, nearly 20 per cent occurred between spouses aged 25-29. Nearly a one-third of grooms were aged 25-29 and 30.5 per cent between 30-34. Just over 40 per cent of brides were aged 25-29 and 24.1 per cent 30-34.

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