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KIEV, February 19 (Itar-Tass) —— Ukraine's population continues to decline.
Ukraine’s statistics service reports that in December 2011 the country's population decreased by 10,800 persons against November, and on January 1, 2012 it made 45,633,600 people.
As of January 1, 2012 city population made 31,380,900 people, which is by 3,800 persons fewer against December 1, 2011, in rural areas – 14,252,700 people, which is by 7,000 people fewer against the previous month.
In 2011, the population of Ukraine decreased by 144,900 persons against the beginning of the year. Starting from November 1, 2009 the number of Ukrainians fell below 46 million
According to the United Nations Organisation’s forecasts, with such dynamics, by 2030 the population of Ukraine will make 39 million. Earlier UN demographic reports said that Ukraine had the lowest in the world natural population growth.
According to Ukraine’s statistics service, over 20 years of Ukraine’s independence the country's population has decreased by 6.27 million. Demographers explain such a sharp decline by two factors: emigration, especially in 1994-2002, and natural population loss. However, a researcher at the Institute of Demography, Svetlana Aksenova, notes that in 2011 the number of born children was about the number of 2010, while population decline is mainly due to the increase of mortality among the elderly.