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Births surge to highest rate since 1990

The Local · 18 Aug 2011, 12:19

Published: 18 Aug 2011 12:19 GMT+02:00

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The Federal Statistical Office said the average birthrate stood at 1.39 nationwide in 2010. Although this is still below the 1.45 children per women that the country boasted at reunification in 1990, it is an increase over 2009 when women had an average of 1.36 children.

The European-wide average is 1.6 children leaving Germany trailing at 32nd out of 35 European countries, according to statistics from the European Union’s Eurostat statistical agency.

Strong differences remain between eastern and western Germany: In the West, the average is at 1.39 children, whereas that number is 1.46 in the East.

Statisticians said women having second or third children were driving the numbers up rather than women having children for the first time. Roughly 678,000 children were born in 2010, an increase of 13,000 compared to 2009.

The age of women having children has also increased significantly over the years. In 1990, the average age of new mothers was 23 but that number increased to 30 by last year.

There has been much gnashing of teeth over the low birthrate in Germany, which dropped sharply after reunification.

Despite introducing generous parental leave and child benefits, the German authorities have still found it difficult to encourage people to start families. But many parents, particularly in western Germany, complain about lacking infrastructure, such as day care and all-day schools, making it difficult for working couples to have children.

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20:14 August 18, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
I've always wanted to have 1.45 children.
00:35 August 19, 2011 by farmon
One of the biggest concocted lies in white countries is over population including Germany. The real fact is that there is a massive shortage of white people in this world. The biggest problem in food production in Europe, US, Australia, @ white countries in Latin America is surplus causing them to do things like turning feed crops into fuel. White populations need to be increased at least 4 fold to end world hunger,wars, @ poverty.
02:05 August 19, 2011 by Herr Müller
@farmon God Bless Deutschland und Deutschlanders!
06:57 August 19, 2011 by Shirazz
@Jack Kerouac:

Sorry you may not have 1.45 children, the unification honeymoon is over. You are only allowed 1.39 now.

If, and only if the government improves day care provision, you may have 1.40 children.

On the other hand, if you move to another now you may have 8.69 children. But hurry, limited stock quota applies.
09:14 August 19, 2011 by auniquecorn
there should be more births, the way the gov´s been FKN everyone.
09:47 August 19, 2011 by ioann
How can the government expect young couples to have children if there are is no daycare for kids between 1-3 years??? One of the parents has to stay at home for these years without job, without pay, and the other one must support three people at least! Especially in this economic crisis this is ridiculous to expect from young couples.

And let's not even talk about single parents, it's a nightmare!
10:04 August 19, 2011 by userde
@farmon - mmmm

As far as Deutschland, people there survive in cold conditions, and the last thing they need is another creature to take care of, work in freezing conditions and live in a cocoon for 25 years of their life without warm climate conditions. Most germans I met, would rather be selfish and not have kids.

Deutschland Deutschland
10:32 August 19, 2011 by LecteurX
@ Farmon...

"White populations need to be increased at least 4 fold to end world hunger,wars, @ poverty. "

Hey supremacist douche, how would increasing "white populations" fourfold would make this fantastic new world you're talking about? Ending wars? Like where? In former Yugoslavia in the 1990s? Like the invasion of Iraq in 2003 for no reason? Ending poverty? Like the 13% of Americans, 14% of Britons, 12% of Danes, 11% of Germans, 17% of Poles or 19% of Spaniards living below the poverty line? Ending hunger, like in 1 in 7 US citizen receiving food stamps? Go back to your KKK forums where some uninformed, hardly literate eejits like you may believe such rubbish.
11:50 August 19, 2011 by GolfAlphaYankee
@LecteurX #8: your respond to Farmon put a big smile on my face .... thanks for saying what I had in mind ;-)))
12:39 August 19, 2011 by Sparrowsfly
@ Lecteur X and GolfAlpha Yankee : I signed up just to state my appreciation for you sending Farmon, where he belongs. Danke :-)
16:57 August 19, 2011 by Flauterfiddle
"Most germans I met, would rather be selfish and not have kids."

Actually, given the impact on the environment (and everyone else), having children is possible the single most selfish thing anyone can do, on our currently hopelessly overpopulated planet. The State goes along with it since it assumes that it needs those kids to survive.

One day, however, the State will realise that encouraging people to have children ­ who can simply up sticks and move to another country when they are 18 ­ is actually a potentially far less effective policy than encouraging (adult, working) immigrants.

Most immigrants ­ and I speak as one ­ have actually *chosen* to live here, after all.
18:51 August 19, 2011 by nathan45
I dont belive that the white race can end the worlds problems but i am a white pride group member and I think we need to have the 2.1 children per woman in countries where our people already inhabit. I live in canada and i fear for the future of our people yesterday the government said that in 20 years 1 in 3 canadians will be an ethnic minority . Most other races are having 4 or even 8 children per woman and becoming over populated and there people then move to white nations creating what might be the end of our people. I think it would be a great shame for the race that shaped the modern world to die off considering all we've acomplished in the sciences and the arts ect. Also white people are the only race with any variation in color black people, middle eastern people asians ect. All have brown eyes brown or brownish skin and brown or black hair. White people have blonde,red, brown hair blue eyes green eyes. It just makes me sick to think we might not be here for very long and people look at white pride groups like where evil for wanting to save our race and i admit people like that brevic fellow are the devil even the most hard core white supremacists i know think that to be disgusting in every way he only hurt our public realtions efforts same with the nazi party in germany making us look like monsters.
19:56 August 19, 2011 by Stephen Goodson
Whether the population growth rate is 1.39, 1.36 or 1.45 children per woman is irrelevant; the fact is that Germany is on a death march. A minimum of 2.2 children per woman is necessary in order to maintain the existing population. Currently, only 17.5% of the population is under 18, which is well below the normal percentage of 35-40. Germany has an inverted population pyramid and loses a net 60 000 persons every month. In 50 -60 years time there will be very few ethnic Germans left, and as any qualified demographer will inform you, that is a mathematical certainty.
07:29 August 20, 2011 by Shirazz
Whites, Blacks, Browns, Yellows = envy Green, disappointment Blue, and anger Red.

When my kids were small I enrolled them in an international school and you can tell if that school is truly international or not by looking at the nationality quota they maintain in each classroom.

The purpose was to encourage understanding and tolerance of "others" who are not like "us".

The purpose was to teach children at a very young age that we all are humans no matter what color or ethnicity, and that we all have the right to live and study and be wherever we are and be treated with equality and respect.

I guess here color quota is seen in a different light though initially it's about numbers rather than color.
19:47 August 20, 2011 by Gretl
Yay to Germans learning, once having taken the plunge, that having kids doesn't destroy your life, it is your life.
21:52 August 20, 2011 by farmon
Listen to Gretl. She knows what she is talking about. And about these poverty statistics in white countries, who is going hungry? I know I am being accused of being a racist, but I am stating facts as I see them. The huge German and Irish families in the last century saved America and made it great.
10:10 August 21, 2011 by Johnne

Why do you care about people accusing you of being racist, when you know you´re stating facts. Stay how you are and be proud of your "white supremacy" fantasy. Before you can calim any form of "supremacy" you must be intelectually supreme to others. You must be smarter and better informed than them too-and you must study and know your history. You see, white people went to the Americas as immigrants & settlers..but they messed it up with the same "supremacist racist mentality" that is putting you into trouble right now. The same mentality and cowardice that is worrying you now. Your fore fathers brought those "colored people" to that country you call yours today. So, you didn´t see the Africans that came to build your country? and the Italians and Indians that cultivated your farms? You don´t know that YOU for example don´t even deserve to be an American because you didn´t even work for it? and you don´t know your history. Let me promise you something, colored people will remain n the US forever so it is up to you if you want to be sacred throughout your life.
22:46 August 21, 2011 by farmon
@ Johnne

This has nothing to do with supremacy. It is about having enough white people to avert another Rhodesia or Somalia.
07:38 August 23, 2011 by Pavelina
Recently I read that only 10% of the world's population is white.
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