Finland’s birth rate is freefalling by 7% year on year, according to the national Statistics Finland office.
The sharp drop in the first quarter is the climax of a trend that has been going on for six years. The birth rate in Finland has slipped below the EU average and much below neighbouring countries such as Sweden and Norway.
Births in Finland fell below the 50,000 thresholds in 2016 to little over 48,000. That will be the worst birth rate since the Finnish famine of 1866–1868. The downwar...

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