By Yelena Prusova
According to the National Statistical Committee of Belarus, the country’s population has fallen by 18,900 since January 1st, 2010, with deaths exceeding births by 29,200. However, positive migration stood at 10,300, with 17,169 people arriving in Belarus last year while 6,866 left.
The population rose only in Minsk: from 1,843,700 (as of January 1st, 2010) to 1,864,100 (as of January 1st, 2011). The population in other regions of the Republic fell last year, with 1,435,000 residing in the Gomel Region as of January 1st, 2011 and 1,411,400 in the Minsk Region. The Brest Region had 1,394,700 residents and the Vitebsk Region boasted 1,221,800 people. Meanwhile, 1,088,100 people lived in the Mogilev Region and 1,066,000 were registered in the Grodno Region.