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Fastest-Shrinking Nations Are All in One Part of World

Eastern Europe, with Bulgaria in the No. 1 spot
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2018 10:45 AM CST

(Newser) – The number of people living in Bulgaria is expected to drop by nearly a quarter by the year 2050—and its neighbors aren't going to fare much better demographically, per UN population projections cited by Quartz. Over the next 30-plus years, Bulgaria will see its population fall from around 7 million to about 5.4 million, a 23% drop. Other Eastern European countries will see similar declines, with all of the nations that top the UN's list experiencing decreases of at least 15% in the same time period. What one researcher says is to blame: residents migrating to other countries, high death rates, and lower fertility rates. Specifics on the five nations at the top of list follow.

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Here, the five countries expected to see the biggest drop, along with their corresponding percentage changes:

  1. Bulgaria, -23%
  2. Latvia, -22%
  3. Moldova, -19%
  4. Ukraine, -18%
  5. Croatia, -17%
See what other countries ended up on the list, or check out the 10 fastest-growing cities in America. (Read more Eastern Europe stories.)

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