Erfurt (dpa/th) - At the end of 2021, around 11,000 fewer people lived in Thuringia than in the previous year. Almost all districts and independent cities lost residents within a year, as the State Office for Statistics in Erfurt announced on Friday. The exception was Weimar: the number of inhabitants increased by a minimum of 40 people. The district of Saalfeld-Rudolstadt had to accept the largest decline with around 1,200.
According to the statisticians, the reason for the decline was that in 2021 almost 19,500 more people died than were born. That could not be compensated for by the fact that about 8,500 more people moved to the Free State than there were emigrants, as it was said.
The number of people with German citizenship fell by around 20,500 within a year. On the other hand, the number of foreign citizens increased by 9,100 people. According to the statisticians, the proportion of foreigners in the population rose from 5.4 to 5.8 percent. A total of around 2.11 million people lived in Thuringia on December 31, 2021. Of these, slightly more were female than male.