May 19, 2006

PUTIN ON THE FRITZ:

A second baby? Russia's mothers aren't persuaded (Fred Weir, 5/19/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

Russia's birthrate, falling for decades, has plunged in post-Soviet times, to just 1.17 in 2004 from 2.08 babies per woman in 1990 - far below the 2.4 children required to maintain the population - according to the Federal State Statistics Service. The average rate from 2000-05 in the US, by contrast, was 2.0, according to UN figures, while Mexico, for example, weighed in at 2.4 and Italy at 1.3.

Russia also has one of the world's highest abortion rates. In addition, the death rate has climbed to levels seldom seen in peacetime, to 16.3 in 2002 from 10.7 per thousand people in 1988. The result is a population that is shrinking by an average of 700,000 people each year - and aging. A UN report last year predicted that Russia's population, around 145 million in 2002, could fall by one-third by 2050.


While ours is increasing by two-thirds.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 19, 2006 5:37 PM
Comments

Peter Boyle smiles.

Posted by: ghostcat at May 19, 2006 8:43 PM

"Puttin' on the Fritz"

I am truly impressed. Subtle, almost to the point of being impenatrable--very well done.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 19, 2006 8:48 PM

Lotsa a land for sale in Russia

Posted by: AWW at May 19, 2006 11:26 PM
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