The Albanian population totaled around 2.87mn in 2017, down by 0.2% from a year earlier, the statistics agency INSTAT indicated on February 12.
A UN study projects that Albania will see one of the world’s sharpest population declines this century. Albania is one of five East European countries forecast to experience a population decline of over 40% by 2100. Across Europe, the fertility rate is well below the rate needed for natural population increase, while in Albania and other East European countries this is compounded by mass economic migration, the study reveals.
The size of the population fell last year after it increased in 2016 (to 2.88mn) for the first time since 2001, though it was below the benchmark level of 3.0mn. The pace of population decline was the largest between 2001 and 2010.
Of the total number of Albanian citizens, 1,438,609 were male and 1,431,715 were female.
Around 30,869 babies were born in 2017 in Albania, down by 2.7% y/y.
The number of deaths was 22,232, up by 3.9% from a year earlier, data showed.
The number of emigrants was 39,905 in 2017, while the the number of immigrants totaled 25,003 people. The net migration number was 14,902.
Only three districts recorded a growth of population in 2017, Tirana, Durres and Vlora, while in nine districts there was a decline.
The largest number of people live in the Tirana region (883,996), followed by Fier, Durres, Elbasan, Korca and Shkodra.