Large families: prospects and concerns

Large families: prospects and concerns

Large families: prospects and concerns

Olga Sobolevskaya
7.07.2012, 14:28
On July 8th Russia marks the Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness. According to experts, if Russia’s birthrate remains at the current level, the country’s population will shrink twofold over the next 50 years.
In Russia, families with three or more children make up only 6% of the total number of families, which is three times lower than the corresponding number in Europe. The number of births per woman of childbearing age has slightly gone up in the last few years, averaging 1.3 children in 2006 and 1.6 in 2012. Sweden boasts the same birthrate while France cites 1.96. In 2011, Russia saw a baby boom compared to 2000, with demographers reporting nearly 2 million births.However, the current birthrate is insufficient to keep the nation’s population at the right level. At present, an increase in the birthrate is due to baby boomers of the 1980s and those over 30-35. Most women living in big cities are putting career before family and prefer to have no more than one child.

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