More children were born but natural growth remained negative
In 2016 there were 87,126 live births of mothers residing in Portugal, which represents an increase of 1.9% (1,626
children), compared to the previous year. Of all live births, 52.8% were born “Outside marriage”.
There were 110,535 deaths of Portuguese residents in national territory, an increase of 1.8% (1,996 deaths) compared
to 2015. Of total deaths, 55,601 were of men and 54,934 were of women; 85.0 % of deaths were of persons aged 65
and over. There were 278 deaths under 1 year of age (+28 than those recorded in 2015).
Portugal maintains a negative natural growth in 2016 of -23,409 (-23,011 in 2015).
The number of marriages in Portugal (32,399) was very close to 2015; 64.2% of marriages were civil ceremonies and
35.3% were Catholic. In more than half of all marriages (56.1%) the future spouses already cohabitated before the
Statistics Portugal releases a set of indicators on live births, deaths and marriages with information for 2016, broken
down on a territorial basis for NUTS 1, 2 and 3 and municipality levels.