Italy Records Lowest Birth Rate In 160 Years

ISTAT, Italy’s statistical agency, reported that the birth rate in the country fell dramatically last year as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, reaching its lowest level in 160 years since Italy was united in 1861.

There were 404,892 births, down 15,192 from the previous year. In the same year, 746,146 individuals died in Italy, reducing the population to 59.3 million.

According to researchers, the epidemic has further exacerbated the decline in Italy’s birth rate, which has been falling for the past 12 years. In Italy, the average number of children per woman is 1.17, one of the lowest rates in the world.

Italy’s fertility rate is expected to be considerably lower by the end of 2021. According to ISTAT, the country had 12,500 fewer births from January to September than the same period last year.

source: ansa.it

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