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Cyprus Demographic Statistics for 2019 Released

Cyprus Demographic Statistics for 2019 Released


The population of the government controlled area is estimated at 888,000 at the end of 2019, compared to 875,900 at the end of 2018, recording an increase of 1,4 percent.

The proportion of children below 15 was estimated at 16 percent while the proportion of persons aged 65 and over increased to 16,3 percent in 2019, compared to 22,3 percent and 11,3 percent respectively in 2000.  There was therefore a gradual increase in the proportion of old-aged persons and a decrease in the proportion of children, demonstrating the ageing process of the population.


In 2019, the number of births in the government controlled area increased to 9,548 from 9,329 the year before, giving a crude birth rate of 10,8 per 1,000 population. The total fertility rate for 2019 was estimated at 1,33, remaining at the same level as in the previous year. The total fertility rate decreased gradually during the past years, from its local peak of 2,50 in 1982. Since 1995, the total fertility rate remains below the replacement level of 2,10.


The number of deaths in the government controlled area reached 6,239 in 2019, compared to 5,768 in 2018. The crude death rate for 2019 increased to 7,1 deaths per 1,000 population, from 6,6 in 2018.

Life expectancy at birth was estimated at 80,1 years for males and 84,2 years for females in 2019, compared to 80,7 years for males and 84,6 for females in 2018.

Infant mortality has admittedly reached a very low level, estimated at 2,6 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2019.

Marriages and Divorces

The total number of marriages in 2019 increased to 14,854 from 13,783 the year before. Ecclesiastical marriages increased from 3,918 in 2018 to 4,173 in 2019 and civil marriages increased from 9,865 in 2018 to 10,681 in 2019. As in the past few years, a large number of foreigners who married in Cyprus by civil marriage were not residing in Cyprus. Out of 10.681 civil marriages celebrated in 2019, only 3,673 were civil marriages of residents of Cyprus. Thus, the total number of marriages of residents totaled 7.846.  

The total number of divorces in 2019 increased to 2,308, from 2,114 in 2018. The crude divorce rate was calculated at 2,62 per 1,000 population in 2019, as compared to 2,43 in 2018. The total divorce rate, which shows the proportion of marriages that are expected to end up in divorce, rose to 361,7 per 1,000 marriages in 2019, from 41,6 per 1,000 marriages in 1980.