The lowest number of newborn Lithuanians since 1999-Baltic News Network

This pandemic affects Lithuanian demographics not only in the elderly, but also in the number of newborns. The report of Domantė Platūkytė and ended in 2020 at the lowest point in the country’s fertility decline.

Statistics Lithuania said earlier this fall that about 25,000 babies were born in the country last year. This is the lowest number since 1999. Five years ago, the number was 30,000, but it is steadily declining.

According to ViktorijaČmilytė-Nielsen, chairman of the Lithuanian Parliament Seimas, fertility rates have declined in most European countries. “These trends are being reinforced by a pandemic that creates an uncertain climate and makes people uneasy,” he said at a press conference last week.

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The situation is even worse in the Lithuanian region. In 2020, about 70% of babies were born in Lithuania’s largest cities, Vilnius and Kaunas, and only 30% elsewhere.

Measures to encourage families to have more children

According to the Speaker of Parliament, fertility rates are higher in countries with appropriate long-term family policies focused on labor markets, human rights, equality and social protection. «My priority is a family package that includes initiatives related to human rights and gender equality, allowing both mothers and fathers to balance their families and careers in a more flexible way. »Čmilytė-Nielsen said.

Explaining the depth of the problem and head of the national initiative I Raise Lithuania (Auginu Lietuvą), Asta Speičytė-Radzevičienė said, “ Lithuania is declining and is one of the four most aging countries in Europe. “. “The country’s fertility rate is declining dramatically year by year, and the coronavirus pandemic only made it worse,” she said. «Psychological health is poor and true fear of becoming pregnant can further reduce vital curves. »»

This article originally appeared in LRT English: The lowest number of newborn Lithuanians since 1999-Baltic News Network

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