During the past three years, the situation in Lebanon went from bad to unbearable; the country had plunged into total chaos, drawing an uncertain future for the Lebanese. Consequently, the population growth recorded a negative trend by the end of 2020 as the births rate recorded a drop while the deaths rate registered an increase.
According to the world data, the population of Lebanon recorded 278.2% growth during the last 60 years from 1,800,000 in 1960 to 6,830,000 by the end of 2020. The highest increase was noted in the year of 2013 with 6.78% growth, while the biggest drop registered was in 2020 with -0.44% (30,270 inhabitants). In turn, the death rate stood at 4.56 per 1000 people and the birth rate was 17.2 per 1000 people by the end of 2020.
In more details, the population in Lebanon has been on a steady increase for the period going from 2009-2017 as stated by Information Intelligence sal. Nevertheless in 2021, sharp decline in births and a significant increase in deaths were recorded. For the period 2020-2021, the death rate alone has augmented by 21% whereas the birth rate has dropped by 8%, not to mention the high rates of emigration.
Interesting to note, the world population recorded an increase of 152.70% from 3.07B people in 1960 to 7.76B people by 2020 with an increase of 1.04% for the year of 2020. By contrast, the countries of Qatar and Oman have led the field by far in recent decades. Growth rates of over 10% per year were achieved in some cases, although growth rates have slowed down in recent years.
Evolution of Population growth, Death rate and Birth rate (1960-2020)
Source: worldbank data, BLOMINVEST Bank