Italy’s population fell the most in over 100 years in 2020

A boy plays with a ball on Piazza Castello on March 17, 2021 in Turin, Italy, during a new lockdown following new government restrictions over the COVID-19 pandemic. (MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)

Italy’s population shrank in 2020 by the most in over 100 years, as measured by the number of births minus deaths, with the coronavirus pandemic amplifying a trend that’s been underway since 2007, according to a report released by Istat.

Marriages fell by 47.5% in 2020 compared to a year earlier and births fell by 3.9%

The number of deaths outnumbered births by 342 thousand, the most since 1918. The overall population fell by 384 thousand or 0.6 percent when compared to a year earlier. In 2020, Italy’s migratory balance became negative for the first time since 1987, with emigrants surpassing immigrants by 42 thousand.

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Marriages fell by 47.5 percent in 2020 compared to a year earlier and births fell by 3.9 percent, with constraints on population mobility and socioeconomic activity playing a central role.

As of March 26, over 106 thousand people have died from coronavirus in Italy. Out of 53 countries ranked, Italy ranked 39th in Bloomberg’s COVID-19 Resilience Ranking, which uses data to capture where the pandemic is being handled most effectively, with the least social and economic disruption —from mortality rates and testing to vaccine access and freedom of movement.