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islands sharply continues rate fall birth

The birth rate continues to fall sharply in the islands

The birth rate continues to fall sharply in the islands.

In the Canary Islands the fall is 13.32% higher in this first quarter compared to last year.

The birth rate in the Canary Islands continues to decline. In the first three months of the year, 78,535 children were born in Spain, only 873 per day on average, which is the second lowest figure since there are data, only surpassed, by very little, by that of the same period of 2021, in the middle of the pandemic, according to the latest monthly birth statistics of the INE, which reflects a year-on-year decrease of 13.32% in the Canary Islands, advances the EFE agency.

This means that out of every hundred children currently born in Spain, four do so in the Canary Islands.

Data from the National Institute of Statistics show that 2016 was the last year in which more than 100,000 babies were born in Spain during the first quarter of the year and 2017 the last year in which the thousand daily births were exceeded in that period, figures that continued to fall until the arrival of COVID and that sank during the pandemic without having recovered for now.

Then, in the first quarter of 2021, when the children born in the hardest of the pandemic were born, there were only 77,243, 858 per day on average, figures that rose very slightly in the same period of 2022 to fall again now in 2023.


Apart from the continuous fall in the birth rate since the mid-70s, the explanation for the fact that births do not recover may be that the pandemic, which is barely noticeable now that it is necessary to wear a mask when entering the doctor or pharmacy, was a palpable reality nine months ago.

The negative evolution of the birth rate is common to practically all of Spain and only Aragon can boast that at least it has been maintained despite the drawbacks of the difficult health situation.

In the rest of the communities, births have continued to fall to a greater or lesser extent, with maximums in Navarra (-16.95%, measured in average daily births of the first quarter of this year in relation to the same months of 2020), La Rioja (-15.40%), Basque Country (-14.48%), Castilla-La Mancha (-14.28%) and Canary Islands (-13.32%) and minimum, below the national average, in Madrid (-1.81%), the Valencian Community (-4.68%), Extremadura (-6.63%) and Andalusia (-6.94%).

Of every 100 children currently born in Spain, approximately two-thirds see the light in only four communities: 19 in Andalusia, 17 in Catalonia, 16 in Madrid and 11 in the Valencian Community.

Of the remaining third, four are born in Galicia, the Basque Country, Murcia, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León and the Canary Islands; three in Aragon and the Balearic Islands; two in Extremadura and one in Asturias, Cantabria, Navarra and La Rioja.

The provinces with the clearest decrease are Salamanca, Zamora, Orense or Lugo. "All Asturias too," he explains to Efe, before pointing out that the Minimum Fertility Rate per woman throughout her fertile life should be 2.1 children "and almost no country in Europe meets it. But it is especially low in countries with a Catholic tradition such as Portugal, Spain, which stands at 1.19, or Italy, and higher for example in France or Ireland, probably because of public aid."

In the peninsula there are two large sparsely populated areas: on the one hand, the northwest, especially Orense, Lugo, Zamora, León and rural Salamanca and inland Asturias, and, on the other, the Iberian system and specifically the Celtiberian Serranía.
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