Russia's permanent population went down by 125,100 persons (or 0.09 percent) in January-July 2008, the Prime Tass economic news agency said on Friday, quoting a regular report of the Russian Federal State Statistics Service.
As of August 1, 2008, the country's population was estimated at 141.9 million, Prime Tass said.
In the first seven months of the year, the statistics service reported 975,000 births and 1,245,700 deaths.
In the period under review, the birth rate went up by 79,300, while the death rate increased by 15,800 as compared to previous year's indices, Prime Tass said.
The natural decrease of the population, calculated as the difference between the number of deaths and births, was estimated at 270,700 in January-July 2008 as compared to 334,200 in the same months of 2007.
The reduction of the population was caused mainly by the natural decrease of the population, Prime Tass said.
In the period under review, the number of marriages went down by 28,200 to 580,100, while the number of divorces grew by 18,100 to make up 410,500, Prime Tass said.
In the reporting period, the growth of births and decrease of deaths was registered in all Russian regions, excepting the Chukchi autonomous area, Prime Tass said, adding that the natural decrease of the population was registered in 66 Russian regions.
All in all, the natural decrease rate amounted to 1.3 times on an average across the country, Prime Tass said, adding that the indicator reached 2-2.4 in eight Russian regions.
In January-July, the natural increase of the population was reported from 19 Russian regions, Prime Tass said.
In the first seven months of the year, the number of migrants inside Russia increased by 3,900 people (or 0.4 percent) as compared to the same period of last year, Prime Tass said.
Russia's migration growth made up 4.4 percent (6,100 people), Prime Tass added.
The total number of registered immigrants went up by 2,800 people (1.7 percent), including immigrants from former Soviet republics - the growth by 1.8 percent (or 2,900 people).
At the same time, the number of those who left Russia decreased by 3,400 people (12.9 percent), including the number of emigrants to non-CIS countries went down by 1,600 people (17.5 percent), Prime Tass said.
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