Annual Number of Births Falls 11% in Poland

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The annual decline in Poland's number of births has reached 11%, the first time it has hit double-digit levels. The new figures show the acceleration of a collapse in the number of births that has been taking place since 2018, resulting in Poland having one of Europe's lowest fertility rates, local media reported.

In the 12 months to September, Poland had 280,000 live births.

That was the lowest annualized figure on record and 34,800 fewer than in the same period a year ago, according to calculations by economist Rafał Mundry based on data from Statistics Poland (GUS).

The number of deaths over that same period stood at 414,100, following a decline from the COVID-induced peaks of 2020-2022 and a return to the kind of figures seen before the pandemic. 

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