German fertility rate rises

German Baby Boom? Fertility Rises for First Time in Decades

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Since the country reunified in 1990, Germany has seen its fertility rate decline year after year, leading many to question the longterm fate of Europe’s economic powerhouse. Those who are worried have a positive new sign though as the latest birthrate numbers to come out of Germany last week revealed that new births have reached an all-time high since the country’s reunification.

In 2015, the average fertility rate came out to 1.50 children per woman in Germany, following along with the very slight upward trend seen in the last few years. While the number is promising, Germany still has a ways to go in matching neighboring countries. The same statistics shows an EU average of 1.58 children per woman. France came in at the top of the European charts with its 1.96 children per woman average.

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While the number trend does look promising, some analysts are not impressed and predicted a modest rise before dropping even lower in the next few years. For now the immigration boom has undoubtedly contributed to the increase, bringing the total population to a record high last year.

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Sources: Destatis

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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