Birth rate declines 7% from 2016
11 Jul 2017, 01:46 ( 11 days ago)
Country´s birth rate between January and May 2017 declined seven percent from last year, according to a latest report of Statistics Finland.
In response to the statistics published earlier this week, the newly appointed Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Annikka Saarikko on Monday blamed the high cost of housing in cities and economic uncertainties for the declining birth rate as people ponder which stage in a career would be the best time for getting a child.
She said she was upset the most about the trend that the gap between envisaged family size and what will be ultimately attained is the widest in low income families.
In 2016, nearly 53,000 children were born in Finland, and the trend indicates less than 50,000 in 2017. The number would be the lowest since the famine in 1868.