In 2019, there were 4,580 births at the Women’s Clinic in Bergen. That’s 641 fewer than three years ago.
Birth rates have not been so low since 1987, writes Bergens Tidende.
Women wait longer to have children than before, and parents generally have fewer children, but that does not explain the decline.
“The sharp fall came as a surprise to us, and we do not have a good explanation,” says Clinic Director Susanne Albrechtsen.
The fertility rate among Norwegian women has decreased gradually since 2010. In 2018, 55,100 children were born in Norway, which was 1,500 fewer than the year before.
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