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Birth rate on the rise

The Local · 29 Dec 2010, 08:18

Published: 29 Dec 2010 08:18 GMT+01:00

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The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) has calculated that 510,000 babies were born between January and September, according to a report in daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. For the same period last year, the figure was 492,000 babies – a rise of 3.6 percent this year.

The rise comes as good news in a country that has seen its fertility rate steadily fall, which experts say will inevitably pose severe demographic problems in the future. Keeping Germany’s skilled economy ticking and funding welfare payments such as pensions in an ageing society, will prove much harder without a higher birthrate or more immigration.

At no time in the past 10 years has the birth rate jumped so quickly. The rise is all the more remarkable, Destatis said, because the number of potential mothers has been steadily sinking. Each year there are about 300,000 fewer women in the age range of 15 to 45 who can typically have children. Yet this smaller group of mothers seems to be having more children.

Destatis stressed the figures were preliminary and could change, though in previous years, such preliminary numbers have proved accurate.

For some years, the birth rate has languished between 1.36 and 1.38 children per woman. The only recent year in which this rate rose was 2007 – and even then it was not a dramatic rise – from 1.33 to 1.37, after the government introduced the Elterngeld or parenting payment.

In that year, German women had 12,000 more babies than they had the year before.

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The precise birth rate for 2010 won’t be clear until the full year’s figures have been tallied. However it appears that the country has produced 18,000 more babies than in 2009.

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09:32 December 29, 2010 by MonkeyMania
Must be us foreigners having a good time in bed with the native women :-)))
09:52 December 29, 2010 by storymann
I would like to see a list of the new parent names for this.
10:32 December 29, 2010 by Firlefranz2

Most popular baby names in 2010:

Boys: Girls:

Leon Mia

Lukas Hanna

Ben Lena
10:35 December 29, 2010 by storymann
Thanks firlefranz2 but wanted a list of the Parents names,,

like,,Schmit,, Schwarzkop,,ect..(:>
13:44 December 29, 2010 by Johnne
I´m sure if we can truly answer storymann´s question, we´ll find out that most of the parents names will be foreign.
14:37 December 29, 2010 by marimay
That's good. :)
15:23 December 29, 2010 by Ron Gitschier
Congratulations; the strategey of hosting Tiger Woods for a number of Golf Tours has paid off for Germany.

As bad as the weather has been, we can all use a chuckle to get through the day.
18:28 December 29, 2010 by yhsanjay
Hopefully we will see growth in this arena too, akin to the economic growth that's picking up in Germany.

A nation with a vibrant youth population is always healthy.

But again the snow and bad weather days of December 2010. Will it reduce the population growth?
20:45 December 29, 2010 by wxman
Mohammed, Achmed, etc.
22:11 December 29, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, one of the interesting conversations that I had on Christmas, was actually about the responsibilty of women in society. If you were to take an honest and realistic look at "The Continuation of the Human Species", then you would say that women are literally obligated to have at least 2 kids each. This number is necessary to maintain a population.

If each German woman were to do this, then many of the nation's problems would vanish. Very Simple!
22:59 December 29, 2010 by MonkeyMania
Or if German women stopped having children, many of the world's problems would vanish. No more towels on the beach and no more Germans abroad trying to impose German rule on the rest of us. Lets hope there are lots of little Hassans and Ahmeds now being born in Germany instead.
07:24 December 30, 2010 by browndude
I think it rude to portray German women as slutty. I have seen lot of German men married/with oriental women or Latino women. How about babies from them?
13:39 December 30, 2010 by tallady
@Logic Guy,,who do you have these interesting discussions with ? I read some time ago that having 2 children only keeps the population at a steady number 0 growth, where 1 is equivalent to -1 and 3 is equivalent to +1 ,what do you think?
13:49 December 30, 2010 by storymann
I did not come away with the impression that someone said German women were slutty...Women are all sisters... where is this going browndude ?
15:13 December 30, 2010 by schneider25
This is mostly directed at "MonkeyMania"

Judging from your last 2 comments, I can pretty much assume that you are a social parasite.

I surely hope that the increase of births in Germany are actually German, no offense towards immigrants and Muslims in particular, but what good is it if most of the births are not German citizens. Immigrants are always going to have larger birthrates. Who cares about them. What we really want to see is the native citizens increase in population. Am I right or wrong?
15:16 December 30, 2010 by nedmesis
Overpopulation got you two world wars. Any other chain letters to promote?
16:22 December 30, 2010 by Curmudgeon
To MonkeyMania and nedmesis:

I suggest that you read real history, not the BS produced for the educational system.

Germany got 2 world wars because it was economically successful without the international crime syndicate, called banks controlling the economy.

As for German women not having children, it seems like you are of the same ilk as Theodore N. Kaufman author of " Germany Must Perish" and Henry Morgenthau author of " The Treasury Plan for the Treatment of Germany".
17:38 December 30, 2010 by browndude
To Storymann,

The comments in the beginning sounded like immigrants are coming having fun with the local women. The names of the kids according to the discussion are something like Mathias Khan or LeRoy Muller.

My point is that German Men are bringing spouses from other parts of the world which could be the cause of the birth rate rising. The names of these kids could be KungFu Schmitt or Salsa Muller.

Whoever is the catalyst for this increase in birth rate increase should not associate it to native women only. I hope you get my point.

No offense intended in this discussion. Happy New Year everyone!
17:49 December 30, 2010 by storymann
Browndude,,thanks for clearing that up,, i get your point,no offense taken..Have a nice New Year yourself
02:40 December 31, 2010 by DrGideonPolya
"510,000 babies were born between January and September" means 510,000 x 12/9 = 680,000 increase on the German population of 82.3 million (2010) i.e. an increase in population of 0.8%.

By way of comparison, for the world as a whole 137 million new humans entered the World in 2010, a 2% increase in one year on the global population of 6.9 billion (UN Population Division data).

However Germans have a much bigger carbon footprint than the average world citizen. Thus ¦quot;annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution¦quot; in units of ¦quot;tonnes CO2-equivalent per person per year¦quot; (2005-2008 data) is 0.9 (Bangladesh), 0.9 (Pakistan), 2.2 (India), less than 3 (many African and Island countries), 3.2 (the Developing World), 5.5 (China), 6.7 (the World), 11 (Europe), 12 (GERMANY), 16 (the Developed World), 27 (the US) and 30 (Australia; or 54 if Australia¦#39;s huge Exported CO2 pollution is included).

Thus Germany's per capita GHG pollution is about twice that of the world while its annual population increase is less than half that of the World.

Top climate scientist Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (directrom Potsdam Institute) says that the World must cease CO2 pollution by 2050 and top per capita polluters (such as Australia and the US) by 2020.

However Germany has to get to zero by about 2030 but the road to zero emissions and then to negative emissions (to get then atmospheric CO2 to 300 ppm from the current damaging 392 ppm as demanded by science-informed 300,org) is made much more difficult by population increase.
09:16 December 31, 2010 by Prufrock2010
@ Logic Guy

You actually wrote: "If you were to take an honest and realistic look at "The Continuation of the Human Species", then you would say that women are literally obligated to have at least 2 kids each."

Keeping with the holiday spirit, I will refrain from pointing out how ludicrous, moronic and fascistic that statement is. Instead, I will simply ask you to explain who should enforce this "literal obligation," by what means, and what penalty you would suggest for those who shirk that obligation.
23:34 January 1, 2011 by Logic Guy
Well, @Tallady and Prufrcok 2010.

It's well know that an average of 2 kids per women would MAINTAIN, not increase, the German population. And I'm sure we all agree that stability is a wonderful thing.

There is an article today on MSNBC about Japan's shrinking population. And if they too fail to achieve the average, then they will also encounter problems such as a delay in retirement for elderly people, higher taxes and all sorts of other problems.

Life really should be easy. The answers are available.

Therefore you just need to consider new things.

No Prufrock, I'm not suggesting forced obligation, but instead "Real Knowledge."

"As humans, we do what we know to do." AD

"Nothing changes without influence." AD

"An object will continue in a straight until it is acted upon by an outside force." Sir Isaac Newtow
20:07 January 3, 2011 by Wise Up!
What about starting up again the Lebensborn program? Oh wait....that didn't end too good....
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