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Veselka Vasileva gazes off into space as the TV drones on at a grocery store in Sinagovtsi, a village of rapidly declining population in Bulgaria, on October 22nd, 2014. Bulgaria has the most extreme population decline in the world — much of it due to post-1989 emigration, high death rates and low birth rates. There are so few people of child-bearing age in the nation that population statistics project a 30-percent decrease by 2060, from 7.2 million to just over 5 million. In other words, Bulgaria’s population declines by 164 people a day, or 60,000 people a year — 60 percent of them aged over 65.

Veselka Vasileva gazes off into space as the TV drones on at a grocery store in Sinagovtsi, a village of rapidly declining population in Bulgaria, on October 22nd, 2014. Bulgaria has the most extreme population decline in the world — much of it due to post-1989 emigration, high death rates and low birth rates. There are so few people of child-bearing age in the nation that population statistics project a 30-percent decrease by 2060, from 7.2 million to just over 5 million. In other words, Bulgaria’s population declines by 164 people a day, or 60,000 people a year — 60 percent of them aged over 65.