Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Germany's Fertility Rate Falls

The number of children born in Germany in 2019 sank by more than 9,000 compared with the year before. Some 778,100 babies were born in Germany in 2019, a drop of 9,400 compared with the year before.

Germany's total fertility rate (TFR), also sank from 1.57 to 1.54.
The average number of children per woman also dropped, with the capital, Berlin, registering the lowest rate. Fourteen of Germany's 16 states recorded a drop in the TFR, with only Bavaria and Bremen remaining at the same level. Bremen and Lower Saxony, both in the northwest of the country, had the highest TFR at 1.6, while Berlin had the lowest at 1.41.

 Germans had a TFR of 1.43, only marginally below that of 2018 (1.45). The figure sank more significantly, from 2.12 to 2.06, among non-Germans in the country.

The TFR is the average number of children that would be borne per person of child-bearing age and ability if the person's birth pattern resembled that of everyone capable of giving birth and who was between 15 and 49 in a particular year.

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