Latvia Population clock (live)

1,849,153
Current population
850,900
Current male population (46.0%)
998,253
Current female population (54.0%)
13,885
Births year to date
52
Births today
20,290
Deaths year to date
75
Deaths today
-10,089
Net migration year to date
-38
Net migration today
-16,495
Population growth year to date
-61
Population growth today

29-09-2020 23:22:44

Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

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Quick facts about the population of Latvia

Current population (as of Tuesday, September 29, 2020)
1,849,215
Population rank
151 (0.02% of world population)
Total area
64,590 km2 (24,938 mi2)
Population density
28.6 per km2 (74.2 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
0.85 (850,900 men to 998,253 women)
Median age
42.5 years
Life expectancy
72.7 years (67.6 - men, 78.1 - women)
Literacy
99.9 %

(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)

Latvia population 2020

During 2020 Latvia population is projected to decrease by -22,052 people and reach 1,843,596 in the beginning of 2021. The number of deaths will exceed the number of live births by 8,563, so the natural increase is expected to be negative. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 13,489 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Latvia to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population change rates in 2020

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Latvia population in 2020 will be the following:

The population of Latvia will be declining by 60 persons daily in 2020.

Demographics of Latvia 2019

As of 1 January 2020, the population of Latvia was estimated to be 1,865,648 people. This is a decrease of -1.18 % (-22,316 people) compared to population of 1,887,964 the year before. In 2019 the natural increase was negative, as the number of deaths exceeded the number of live births by 8,666. Due to external migration, the population declined by 13,650. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.850 (850 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2019.

Below are the key figures for Latvia population in 2019:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2020

Latvia population density

Latvia population density is 28.9 people per square kilometer (74.8/mi2) as of September 2020. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Latvia divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Latvia. The total area of Latvia is 64,590 km2 (24,938 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Religion in Latvia

Religion Number of followers Percentage of
total population
Christianity1,031,86255.8 %
Religiously Unaffiliated809,95643.8 %
Other5,5480.3 %
Islam1,8490.1 %

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Tuesday, September 29 2020).

Latvia age structure

As of the beginning of 2020 according to our estimates Latvia had the following population age distribution:

13.5 69.5 16.9

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Latvia population pyramid has a contracting type. This type of pyramid is more common for highly developed countries with low birth and death rates. Usually countries with such kind of population age distribution model have long life expectancy, high level of education and good health care.

Source: The estimation data for section "Latvia age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Latvia is 43.9 %.

The value of 43.9 % is relatively low. It shows that the dependent part of population is less than a half of the working part. In other words the working population (labor force) in Latvia must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons. And this part of population is less than 50% of working population. The value of less than 50% means that the pressure on productive population in Latvia is relatively low.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Latvia is 19.5 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Latvia is 24.4 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Latvia age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Latvia is 72.7 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations). external link

Male life expectancy at birth is 67.6 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 78.1 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 1,611,320 persons or 99.89% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Latvia are able to read and write. Accordingly about 1,757 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 99.87% (734,087 persons). 941 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 99.91% (877,232 persons). 817 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 99.79% and 99.87% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 99.83%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Latvia population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Latvia historical population (1951 - 2020)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Latvia population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19511,951,915N/A %
19521,959,9720.41 %
19531,972,0710.62 %
19541,987,4440.78 %
19552,005,4340.91 %
19562,025,5031.00 %
19572,047,2271.07 %
19582,070,2921.13 %
19592,094,4741.17 %
19602,119,5951.20 %
19612,145,4571.22 %
19622,171,7811.23 %
19632,198,1571.21 %
19642,224,0711.18 %
19652,249,0521.12 %
19662,272,7371.05 %
19672,294,9660.98 %
19682,315,9230.91 %
19692,336,0700.87 %
19702,355,8830.85 %
19712,375,6570.84 %
19722,395,3870.83 %
19732,414,6810.81 %
19742,432,8690.75 %
19752,449,3080.68 %
19762,463,6450.59 %
19772,475,9620.50 %
19782,486,8200.44 %
19792,497,1370.41 %
19802,507,8460.43 %
19812,519,1200.45 %
19822,530,5920.46 %
19832,542,6410.48 %
19842,556,4740.54 %
19852,573,0430.65 %
19862,593,2820.79 %
19872,617,1580.92 %
19882,641,2580.92 %
19892,659,1980.68 %
19902,664,8480.21 %
19912,654,521-0.39 %
19922,628,181-0.99 %
19932,589,955-1.45 %
19942,547,024-1.66 %
19952,506,716-1.58 %
19962,473,147-1.34 %
19972,446,467-1.08 %
19982,424,639-0.89 %
19992,404,586-0.83 %
20002,383,001-0.90 %
20012,358,313-1.04 %
20022,330,938-1.16 %
20032,301,839-1.25 %
20042,271,941-1.30 %
20052,242,247-1.31 %
20062,213,332-1.29 %
20072,185,242-1.27 %
20082,157,797-1.26 %
20092,130,761-1.25 %
20102,103,913-1.26 %
20112,077,090-1.27 %
20122,050,376-1.29 %
20132,024,474-1.26 %
20142,000,606-1.18 %
20151,979,929-1.03 %
20161,956,526-1.18 %
20171,933,400-1.18 %
20181,910,547-1.18 %
20191,887,964-1.18 %
20201,865,648-1.18 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Population projection (2020-2100)

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
20201,892,993N/A %
20251,812,685-4.24 %
20301,747,198-3.61 %
20351,681,892-3.74 %
20401,622,762-3.52 %
20451,569,179-3.30 %
20501,517,207-3.31 %
20551,465,726-3.39 %
20601,415,075-3.46 %
20651,366,660-3.42 %
20701,322,013-3.27 %
20751,282,565-2.98 %
20801,248,799-2.63 %
20851,220,454-2.27 %
20901,196,091-2.00 %
20951,173,126-1.92 %
21001,149,330-2.03 %

The data is given as of 1st of July of an year (medium fertility variant).

Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link