Birth-rates in Balearics declining

Image of Jesus Aguirre, the Andalucian Minister of Health. Credit: [email protected]

THE number of children per women in the Balearic Islands has been in decline since 2009.

Between January and September this year the average number of children per woman was 1.37, compared to 2009’s figure of 1.47 and 2010’s 1.40.

This is slightly below the 2011 Spanish average of 1.40 children, according to data released this week by the National Institute of Statistics. The age at which women are having children increased slightly from age 30.4 in 2009 to 30.5 in 2010 and 2011.

In view of this data, the family institute IPFB have demanded “a real family policy that favours childbirth,” and has proposed a Balearic law to protect the family and motherhood as it believed that the Islands is the region that least protects family and women.

Meanwhile, the islands population has risen by 1.1 per cent to reach 1,098,014 people from October 2010’s 1,085,784.

Of the 1,098,014 people, 549,355 are men.

The average age of death has also been increasing since 2009’s 78.45-years to 2010’s 78.68-years to this year’s 79.34-years.

 

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