THE DEMOGRAPHIC FATE OF intelligent SPECIES: September 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Germany now has the world's lowest birthrate, below Japan's

A few Syrian friends might make it more fun
In light of the ongoing immigration events in Europe, it's worth knowing this data point: Germany's birthrate has lately dropped below Japan's, making it the lowest in the world. An influx of younger blood, if well managed, may be beneficial for the aging host countries.

Another point: Germany and Japan have very different histories, religious backgrounds, cultural heritages... yet their birthrates are similar, which shows how low fertility may be a human, universal phenomenon, not particular to some cultures or religions. The modern living conditions these nations share matter much more than where they came from.

Germany’s birth rate has fallen to the lowest in the world, according to a study by an auditing firm.

The country has dropped below Japan to take the lowest birth rate globally, according to the study by the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI), prompting fears that labour market shortages could damage the economy.
Germany saw an average of 8.2 children born per 1,000 inhabitants over the past five years.
Japan saw 8.4 children born per 1,000 inhabitants over the same time period, whereas Portugal and Italy saw 9.0 and 9.3, respectively. France and the UK both had an average of 12.7 births per 1,000 inhabitants.

Meanwhile, the highest birth rates were in Africa, with Niger at the top of the list with 50 births per 1,000 people.

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