Cyprus: 1.4% population rise in 2018 however with population ageing

Cyprus: 1.4% population rise in 2018 however with population ageing

The Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus released the demographic data for 2018


According to the figures, the population in the areas controlled by the state was estimated at 875,900 at the end of 2018, compared to 864,200 at the end of 2017; this constitutes a 1.4% rise.

The percentage of children under the age of 15 was estimated at 16.1% in 2018, while the percentage of older people aged over 65 stood at 22.3%, compared to 11.3% in 2000. Here, a gradual accretion in the percentage of the elderly population is recorded, alongside a decrease in the proportion of children, which is indicative of an aging population.


In 2018 the number of births in areas controlled by the State rose to 9,329 from 9,229 in the previous year, while the gross birth rate was estimated at 10.7 per 1,000 residents. In 2018 the total fertility rate was calculated at 1.32 and remained stable compared to the previous year. The overall fertility rate has declined steadily in recent years, from the 2.50-peak in 1982. Since 1995, the overall fertility rate has remained lower than 2.10 – a necessary threshold to ensure population replenishment.

The mothers’ average age at birth of their first child was 29.4 years, while the average age for all births in 2018 regardless of the order of birth of the children was 31.0 years.


The number of deaths in areas controlled by the state was 5,768 in 2018 and the corresponding gross mortality rate was 6.6 deaths per 1,000 inhabitants.

The average life expectancy at birth for 2018 was estimated to be 80.7 years for men and 84.6 years for women, compared to 2017’s 80.0 years for men and 84.1 years for women.

Infant mortality has reached very low levels and is estimated at 2.4 infant deaths per 1,000 births in 2018.


Net immigration towards Cyprus remained positive from 1983 to 2011. During 2012-2015, net negative migration was observed, while from 2016 net migration has taken on a positive course again. During 2018 it was estimated at 8,102.

The number of immigrants to Cyprus (Cypriot repatriated and foreigners coming for settlement or temporary employment for more than 1 year) was 23,442 in 2018, a surge from the 21,306 in 2017.

The number of immigrants from Cyprus (Cypriots and foreigners who have stayed in Cyprus for at least one year) is estimated at 15,340 for 2018 compared to 15,105 in 2017.

Marriages and Divorces

The total number of marriages in 2018 increased to 13,783 from 13,062 last year. The amount of ecclesiastical marriages remained significantly unchanged compared to 2017 (3,918 compared to 3,942 in 2017), whereas civil marriages increased from 9,120 in 2017 to 9,865 in 2018. As in previous years, a significant number of civil marriages were conducted by non-residents. Specifically, of the total of 9,865 civil marriages performed, only 2,859 were marriages between residents of Cyprus. Thus, the total number of marriages of the inhabitants of Cyprus amounted to 6,777.

In 2018 the number of divorces reached 2,114 and the gross divorce rate stood at 2.43 for every 1,000 inhabitants. /ibna