Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Low European Fertility Rates

New statistics show continued low fertility rates in European countries, where some laws aim to increase fertility.  No doubt, there are many modern forces contributing to a difficult environment for child-bearing and -raising, including rising costs to doing so.


IRELAND HAD the highest fertility rate in the European Union in 2007, according to new data published by the Central Statistics Office.

Women in Ireland had an average of 2.05 children in that year, compared to 1.98 in France and 1.92 in Britain.

In Poland, which was ranked lowest in terms of fertility rates in the EU during 2007, there were just 1.31 children per woman.

A value of 2.1 is generally considered to be the level at which the population would replace itself in the long run, ignoring migration.

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