Births in Greece down by 10.1 pct on 2001 fig­ure

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The num­ber of births in Greece in 2015 was 10.2 per­cent lower than those in 2001, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures pub­lished yes­ter­day by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s sta­tis­ti­cal agency, Euro­stat.

The data show that 102,282 chil­dren were born in Greece in 2001 but this num­ber fell to 91,847 in 2015. This was the fifth high­est rel­a­tive fall in the Euro­pean Union dur­ing this pe­riod.

In the EU as a whole, 40,217 more ba­bies were born in 2015 than in 2001, which is an in­crease of 0.8 per­cent. The largest in­creases were in Swe­den (+25.6 per­cent), the Czech Repub­lic (+22.1), Slove­nia (+18.1) and the United King­dom (+16.1). The high­est de­crease was in Por­tu­gal (-24.2 per­cent), fol­lowed by the Nether­lands (-15.8), Den­mark (-11.1), Ro­ma­nia (-10.4) and Greece.

Based on the fig­ures, Greek women gave birth to fewer chil­dren and at an older age than the EU av­er­age. In 2015, the mean age of women at the birth of their first child stood at 27 or be­low in Bul­garia (26.0), Ro­ma­nia (26.3), Latvia (26.5) and Poland (27.0). In con­trast, it was above 30 in Italy (30.8), Spain (30.7), Lux­em­bourg and Greece (both 30.2).

There was a slight in­crease in the fer­til­ity rate in Greece be­tween 2001 and 2015, when it went up from 1.25 to 1.33, which is a rise of 0.08 per­cent. The largest in­crease was ob­served in Latvia (0.48 per­cent) and the high­est de­crease in Cyprus (-0.25 per­cent).

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