Italy’s birth rate lowest in Europe

by Ivano Abbadessa - 2017.07.10
Italy’s birth rate lowest in Europe
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Italy has the lowest birth rate of all the European Union members. In 2016, only 7.8 babies per 1000 residents were born. Portugal took second place (8.4‰), followed by Greece (8.6‰). Eurostat, responsible for providing statistical information to EU institutions released this data, indicating also countries whose birthrate was stronger, including Ireand with 13.5 births per 1000 inhabitants, as well as Sweden and the U.K., both with 11.8‰. Italy’s poor demographic profile becomes more evident when the actual figures are seen in relationship to other countries: last year, Italy had 473,000 births compared to 785,000 in France, 774,000 in Great Britain and 770,000 in Germany. According to Eurostat, complessively, the 28 Member States of the EU, contributed to the growth of the overall EU population from 510 million in 2015, to 512 million in 2016. But, this growth was thanks only to immigrants because among the native population, births were equal to the deaths (5.1 million).

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