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Census: Romania’s population falls to 20 million

July 4, 2013

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Authorities say Romania’s population has fallen to just over 20 million, the result of a falling birth rate and by Romanians migrating in search of work, mainly to Western Europe.

The results published Thursday come from the 2011 census and show the population has fallen by some 1.55 million since the 2001 census.

When communism was overthrown in 1989, Romania had a population of 23 million, one of the largest in Eastern Europe.

However, the country has a falling birth rate, an aging population like much of Europe, and millions have migrated to Spain and Italy to work.

Romania has 1.23 million ethnic Hungarians and officially 620,000 Roma although there are believed to be twice that as some Roma do not declare their ethnicity due to widespread prejudice.

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