Youth demographics

In Belarus there are 1,054 boys for every 1,000 girls at the age of 14, but by the age of 30, this drops to 1,027

By Veniamin Mikheev

In Belarus there are 1,054 boys for every 1,000 girls at the age of 14, but by the age of 30, this drops to 1,027

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Cities’ streets of Belarus are always full of youth


According to data from the National Statistical Committee, the correlation of men and women at various ages differs greatly. At 14 years old there are 1,054 boys for every 1,000 girls, but by the age of 30, this has dropped to 1,027.

The most numerous age group among youth in the country is people between 25-30 years. At the beginning of the year, this was 940,000 people, or 43 percent of the total number of youth. Young men aged 20-24 years make 30.7 percent of youth structure. At the age of 18-19 years it’s 9.6 percent and at the 14-17 years — 16.7 percent.

Last year, 64,996 women and 58,308 men, aged 14 to 31, entered into marriage. Among youth, women mainly entered into marriage at the age of 20-24 years (51.4 percent) while the young men created families at the age of 25-30 years (55 percent).

According to statistical data, in 2013, women between 14 to 31 gave birth to 86,468 children (73.3 percent from total number of new-borns), from them, first-borns accounted for more than half (58 percent), second children made 34.3 percent and third-born — 6.3 percent, fourth or higher was 1.4 percent.

As of January, 1st of this year, 2,185,000 people aged between 14 to 31 years lived in the Republic. Every fourth citizen of the republic belongs to the category ‘youth’.

83 percent of Belarusian youth live in cities and 16.8 in the countryside. The greatest number of young people living in villages is in the Minsk Region, with 116,000 people, or 31.6 percent.

The International Youth Day (IYD), established by the United Nations General Assembly, was celebrated on August, 12th. This year, it was the 14th time that this day was celebrated by the world community.

In different countries, there are various approaches to the definition of the concept of ‘youth’. According to the definition of the United Nations, youth are people aged 15-24 years, while in Belarus it is accepted to refer to youth also people from 14 to 31 years.
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