Domestic Society
15:37 26 September 2021
Post by: WBJ

Demographic tsunami passed through Poland

Demographic tsunami passed through Poland
Source: Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash

As many as 539,000 people have died in Poland in the last twelve months. It is about 130,000 more than the average in recent years. A gigantic wave of excess deaths swept across Poland, although it hit Podkarpacie the most. The number of births is also clearly falling. 

The latest data from the Central Statistical Office (GUS) on the number of deaths in July (as well as more recent data from the Registry of Marital Status, also covering August) can be considered as reassuring as they indicate that the situation in Poland has returned to a relative norm. The standard, which in recent years was approximately 31,000-34,000 people who died during the summer months.

Estimates of the Polish Economic Institute for 2020 said about approx. 420,000 of the so-called expected deaths. But nearly 540,000 shows that the effect of the coronavirus pandemic and the paralysis of the healthcare system is evident here. Moreover, the data show that there are many more victims of the pandemic in Poland than the coronavirus statistics of the Ministry of Health might suggest, according to which nearly 73,500 people infected with the coronavirus died last year. 

Data from the GUS – only until July, inclusive – indicate that in the past 12 months (i.e. from the beginning of August 2020 to the end of July 2021) only approx. 338,600 children were born in Poland. This is another deepening in this statistic after the Second World War. This means that at the end of July this year the population of Poland amounted to 38.158 million. And this means a decrease in this number by as much as 197,000 for a year. Poland has never depopulated so quickly in post-war times.



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