Estonia’s net migration was positive in 2016

news release no 59

According to Statistics Estonia, 14,822 persons immigrated to and 13,792 persons emigrated from Estonia in 2016. Immigration exceeded emigration for the second year. Most of the migrants were Estonian citizens, but their net migration was negative.

Immigration by citizenship, 2016

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Immigration exceeded emigration for the second year in a row

news release no 48

According to the revised data of Statistics Estonia, 1,315,635 persons lived in Estonia on 1 January 2017, which is 309 persons less than at the same time a year earlier. The population figure decreased by 1,339 persons due to negative natural increase, but increased by 1,030 persons as a result of positive net migration.

Change in population figure, 2007–2016

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Eesti Statistika Kvartalikiri. 1/17. Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics Estonia

The quarterly bulletin includes articles on topical or otherwise important issues in different fields. Each issue contains a selection of news with specific statistics for Estonia and other countries. The quarterly bulletin includes time series and diagrams of the main economic and social indicators, and comparative data on Estonia and our closest neighbours. Overviews of the principles and methodology of statistics are also published in the bulletin.
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The population of Estonia increased last year

news release no 8

According to the initial estimates of Statistics Estonia, the population number of Estonia as at 1 January 2017 was 1,317,800, which is 1,850 persons more than at the same time a year ago.

Population change, 2000–2016

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Employment has increased among the elderly


In 2000–2015, the population of Estonia was in constant decline, but there was an increase in the number and employment of the elderly. Due to the rise in the pensionable age of females, the employment rate of females has increased faster than that of males. While in 2000 five out of ten males aged 55–64 and four out of ten females of the same age were employed, in 2015 the corresponding figures were six out of ten for males and seven out of ten for females.

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