Birth rates stabilise across Europe

BIRTH rates have stabilised across Europe after two decades of year-on-year decline, a study by the not-for-profit research organisation Rand Europe shows.

It found that in all but four countries of the EU (Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta and Portugal), fertility rates increased between 2000 and 2008.

However, the total fertility rate still remains below the replacement rate of 2.1 children per woman in all EU countries, and more than half (14) of the 27 EU countries still have a fertility rate below 1.5 children per woman. 

“Doomsday scenarios of imploding European populations, with fertility spiralling downwards, have not materialised,” the report says.