July 14, 2007

OTHER THAN THAT HOW DID YOU ENJOY SECULARISM?:

Europe's plunging birth rate 'will lead to pensions crisis' (Nina Lakhani, 15 July 2007, Daily Telegraph)

The average birth rate in the European Union is down to 1.5 children per woman, and officials warn that unless it rises to 1.7, the EU will have difficulty financing its pension system.

Portugal's birth rate fell last year to the lowest level since records began in 1935. Poland, with one of Europe's lowest fertility rates, recently began a programme of tax breaks, longer maternity leave and better pre-school provision to encourage larger families. The Nordic model includes financial incentives and flexible working, and has seen the birth rate increase slightly in Norway and Sweden.

The population projection for the EU in 2050 is 450 million, almost 10 million fewer than in 2005. Before the end of the decade the proportion of people aged 60 or over will exceed the proportion of those under five.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 14, 2007 8:56 PM
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*profanity warning*

A special Sunday morning video summary regarding population trends.

Posted by: h-man at July 15, 2007 9:10 AM
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