Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

Population Decline

Information for Humanae Vitae post: October 29, 2008

It’s hard to be a great power if your population is shriveling. Europe’s birthrates have dropped well below the replacement rate of 2.1 children for each woman of childbearing age. For Western Europe as a whole, the rate is 1.5. It’s 1.4 in Germany and 1.3 in Italy. In a century — if these rates continue — there won’t be many Germans in Germany or Italians in Italy. Even assuming some increase in birthrates and continued immigration, Western Europe’s population grows dramatically grayer, projects the U.S. Census Bureau. Now about one-sixth of the population is 65 and older. By 2030 that would be one-fourth, and by 2050 almost one-third.

The End of Europe By Robert J. Samuelson  featured in the Washington Post, June 15, 2005

Do you think our situation has improved any since 2005?  Think again.

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