Bulgaria’s population has declined by 11.5% in the past decade.
The nation has shrunk by 844,000 people, from some 7.3 million in 2011 to 6.5 million today.
The ageing of the population is another lasting trend.
Experts attribute the decline to low birth rates, high mortality, and a steady migration flow that has seen working-age people leaving to look for better jobs and education prospects.
U.N. experts estimate that if these trends continue, Bulgaria will contract further to about 5.4 million people by 2050.