Number of Belarusians decreased by 17 thousands last year

As of February 1, the number of Belarusians was 9 million 669 thousands people. The population of our country decreased by 16 700 people over a year.
The National Statistics Committee informs that population growth has been registered only in Minsk. There were 1 million 815.8 thousand inhabitants in the capital in February 2008. Now there are 15 thousands more. The decraese of the number of inhabitants is registered in all Belarusian regions.