[Ed. – Italy’s population is 59.8 million. 509,000 births in 2014.]
Italy’s birth rate is now the lowest it has been since the modern Italian state’s formation in 1861, according to Italy’s National statistics office ISTAT. This means there are not enough Italians being born to replace those who are dying and that the Italian country is dying.
“In 2014 live births were 509,000, five thousand less than in 2013, representing the lowest record since the unification of Italy,” the statistics office reported on Thursday.
The number of births is now 8.4 per 1,000 which is down from 38.3 per 1,000 a century-and-a-half ago, according to The Telegraph.
“We are at the threshold where people who die are not being replaced by newborns. That means we are a dying country,” Beatrice Lorenzin, Italy’s Minister of Health said in reaction to the news. …
The Telegraph noted that Italy’s birth rate is reflective of a larger trend throughout the West and Europe citing World Bank data, which reveals that the birth rate in the West is much lower than in Asia and Africa. The averagebirth rate in central Europe and the Baltic countries is 12.6 per 1,000 people compared to 38 per 1,000 in sub-Saharan Africa.