The latest census of 2002 in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia recorded a total population of 2,022,547, of which 21 per cent were young (aged below 15), while 10.5 per cent were 65 and over. The WHO Health for All (HFA) data from 2009 report a population of 2,042,485 with a fertility rate which has declined from 1.9 births per woman in 1990 to 1.46 in 2008, i.e. lower than the European average of 1.6. The current trend is one of ageing. Life expectancy at birth was 73.54 years (76 for females and 71 for males) in 2007, while the disability-adjusted life expectancy was 63 years. The 2005 birth rate was 11.04 per 1,000 population and the mortality rate was 9 per 1,000, resulting in a natural increase of 2 per 1,000 population (Figure 10.1). The distribution of deaths by age shows the highest proportion of total deaths for age 75 at 43.6 per cent.

Related Subject(s): Environment and Climate Change
Countries: North Macedonia
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