Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) urged Norwegians last year to have more children. That recommendation has not been followed in Norway’s fourth largest city.
Nine months after Solberg’s concern about low birth rates, fewer children were born at Stavanger University Hospital (SUS) than in many years, Stavanger Aftenblad writes.
The newspaper went through the birth chart from SUS back to 2013. In those seven years, October last year had the lowest number of births with 351. In October 2018, the figure went up to 396 from 383 the previous year.
Overall, the figures for 2019 show a decline, with a total of 4,210 births compared to 4,375 in 2018.
The numbers reflect the trend nationwide. The number of births has decreased steadily, while first-time parents have grown older and fewer children are born.
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