Birth rate falls still further in Poland
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland's birth rate continues to drop, with 16,000 less babies born in the first half of 2011 than in the same period last year.
2010 was itself a negative year demographically, with some 413,300 babies born, as against 419,400 in 2009.
Statisticians have also pointed out that for the first time in six years, Poland's death rate has now outstripped the birth rate.
In the first half of 2011, 192,200 children were born in Poland, while some 194,200 Polish citizens died.
The figures were compiled by Poland's Central Statistical Office (GUS), causing some concern among academics.
Agnieszka Chlon-Dominiczak, from the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), suggested to the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna newspaper that the falling birth rate was related to the financial crisis.
“This year's decline in the number of births may be due to the anticipated deterioration in the labour market and the turmoil in the economy,” she said.
The academic believes that matters are unlikely to improve in the near future.
Local governments are struggling to maintain kindergartens through lack of finance from the state. Noting that the parents often have to pay additional fees, the daily cites this as a further financial factor in the falling birth rate. (nh/pg)