By Yelena Suponeva
The National Statistical Committee has announced that, as of November 1st, 2010 (taking into consideration the preliminary results of the 2009 census), Belarus’ population stood at 9,484,300 people (down 15,700 on January 1st, 2010). The fall is due to the fact that 24,000 more people have died than been born. Meanwhile, positive migration growth has accounted for an extra 8,400 (from January-October, 14,034 people arrived in Belarus, while 5,642 left).
This year, increasing population has been registered in Minsk alone — growing from 1,843,700 (January 1st) to 1,858,100 (November 1st). Other regions of the country face a decrease in population. As of November 1st, 2010, the Gomel region had 1,436,000 residents, the Minsk region — 1,413,700, the Brest region — 1,396,000, the Vitebsk region — 1,223,000, the Mogilev region – 1,090,100, and the Grodno region — 1,067,400.