In 2022, there were 83,671 live births to mothers residing in Portugal, representing an increase of 5.1% (4,089 more children) compared to the previous year. Of the total live births, 60.2% were born outside marriage, meaning they were the children of unmarried parents.

In the same year, there were 124,311 deaths of people residing in national territory, corresponding to a decrease of 0.4% (491 fewer deaths) compared to 2021, and there were 217 deaths of children under 1 year old (26 more than in 2021), which were reflected in an increase of the infant mortality rate, from 2.4 in 2021 to 2.6 deaths per thousand live births in 2022.

The increase in the number of live births and the decrease in the number of deaths determined an improvement of the natural balance from -45,220 in 2021 to -40,640 in 2022.

In 2022, 36,952 marriages were celebrated in Portugal (27.2% more than in 2021). In 68.5% of the cases, the spouses already cohabited before marriage.

That year, there were 49,230 marriages dissolved by death of a spouse, which represented a decrease of 1.4% compared to 2021 (49,908 dissolutions), of which resulted 14,385 widowers and 34,845 widows.

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