Finnish birth rate drops to historical low

LUIS TEJIDO

A Finnish mother looks after her baby as she attends the FIBA Basketball World Cup match Group C match between Finland and Ukraine, 31 August 2014.

Finnish birth rate drops to historical low


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Fewer than 50,000 children were born in Finland in 2018, bringing the national fertility rate to an all-time low, according to Statistic Finland.

Births dropped by 3,000 year-on-year, marking a fertility rate of 1.4 births per woman, down from 1.5 in 2017. To put this in a comparative perspective, the average EU fertility rate in 2016 was 1.6.

Within the EU, France reported the highest total fertility rate in 2016, with 1.92 live births per woman, followed by Sweden, with 1.85 births. The lowest total fertility rates in 2016 were recorded in Spain and Italy when each recorded 1.34 births per woman.

Finland’s drop is consistent with an eight-year national trend in Finland, which now has an overall population of 5.5 million people.

The population continues to increase due to immigration and longer life expectancy. Net migration to Finland – those coming minus those leaving – was 15,631 people.

 

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