Armenian Population Grown Five Times Since 1920

YEREVAN (Hayots Ashkhar)–Representative of the Armenian Ministry of Health Care Karine Saribekian made a report–dedicated to the demographic situation in Armenia at the UNDP seminar dedicated to the World Population.

According to the report–750 thousand individuals lived in Armenia in 1920 (low numbers resulted from the attempted annihilation of Armenia’s at the hands of Turks)–today the figure has increased five times and reached 3,780,000.

Armenia is third in the population density list–among other republics of former Soviet Union. 120 people live per 1 square kilometer of its territory.

30 percent of the population are under 15 years old–8 percent are over 65. 52 percent of the population are women–48 percent are men.

Birth rate (was 40.1 per 1,000 of population) first increased after the earthquake–then significantly decreased–though the pace of the decrease slowed down during the past two to three years. Average lifespan has been increasing since 1958–and reached 76.2 years in 1996.

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