Prior to the pandemic, birth rates in Italy were already among Europe’s lowest. Now, Italians are having even fewer children.
Preliminary birth rate figures for Italy show that in December 2020, 15 Italian cities recorded a 21.6% drop in fertility rates compared to 12 months earlier.
Italy's birth rate is the lowest out of all European states. The number of new marriages has halved, too.
Italian women had around 2.5 children in the 1960s. Today, that rate has fallen to a mere 1.27.