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MOSCOW, April 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s resident population reached 143.66 million as of January 1, 2014, having increased by 800,000 since the latest all-Russia census in 2010, the Russian Ministry of Labour and Social Protection said in its annual report for 2013 that was posted on the official website of the Russian government on Wednesday.
According to the ministry, the year 2013 saw a natural population growth of 24,000, for the first time since 1991. Apart from that, Russia’s demographic indices improved too. Thus, the birth rate in 2013 was 1,895,800 and the mortality rate was 1,871,800.
According to preliminary estimates, the fertility rate went up to 1.707 per a woman of childbearing age. Infantile mortality rate in 2013 was 8.2 per 1,000 newborns. In 2013, this index was 8.6.
Life expectancy at birth in 2013 was 70.77 years, or 65.14 - for men and 76.31 - for women.
“The goal of the Concept of the Demographic Policy aiming to stabilize the number of the population at 142-143 million by 2015 was reached in 2012, or three years ahead of schedule,” the ministry said in its report.