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Number of newborns in Riga grows by 438

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Аuthor: Evija Trifanova/LETALast year, 6 226 babies were born at the Riga Maternity Hospital. This exceeds the statistics of 2011 by 438 babies. There were 3 027 girls and 3 199 boys born in 2012. 79 of them are twins, as well as one group of triplets. The increase was noted across Latvia. On top of that, 60% of the increase comes from the Riga Maternity Hospital, Riga City Council reports.

Specialists believe that the last year’s monitored increase shows that people are more certain about their stability.

“Birth rates, as well as general health, do not depend on a single factor, no matter how important it may be. It depends on the quality of life, available range of social services, quality of child education and development infrastructure, as well as many other everyday life factors. In order for there to be progress in improving demographic development, it is necessary to work in all directions”, – Latvian Health Economics Association representative Alina Dudele says.

The expert adds that the rise of birth rates also reflects the general residents’ attitude toward the current economic situation and its possible development. As the general mood of stability increases, so do birth rates.

BNN previously reported that during the time period of 2000 – 2010 the total population number in Latvia has diminished by 307 thousand or by 12.9%, of which by 115 thousand due to negative natural increase and by 192 thousand because of the migration.

In 2011 population number has reduced by 33 thousand, of which by 10 thousand due to negative natural increase and by 23 thousand because of migration, according to the date from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Along with the changes in population number also crude indicators have changed – e.g., birth and death rates were recalculated as well. Re-calculated crude birth rate in 2010 comprised 9.4 children per 1000 population (8.6 before re-calculation); whereas in 2011 crude birth rate in Latvia accounted for 9.1.

Indicator characterising generational change is the total fertility rate – the average number of children that would be born to a female during her lifetime provided the birth-rate of the given year remaining at the previous level. Indicator necessary for normal generational exchange is 2.1 children.

The highest indicator was reached in 2008 – 1.59 children (it meets the average European Union (EU) indicator) (1.45 before re-calculation). In 2010, in Latvia this indicator fell down to 1.36 children (1.18 before re-calculation).

In comparison, total fertility rate of 2011 comprised 1.34 children.

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