Births increase for 3rd successive year

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5 September 2006, BRUSSELS — The birth rate in Belgium rose in 2005, the third year in succession, the statistics office of the Economic Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday.

5 September 2006

BRUSSELS — The birth rate in Belgium rose in 2005, the third year in succession, the statistics office of the Economic Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday.

There were 117,799 children born in Belgium last year, compared with 115,618 in 2004 and 112,149 in 2003. The total of 111,225 births in 2002 was the lowest recorded this century.

Belgium's total population was 10,511,382 in 2005. Some 60,150 children born last year were boys, compared with 57,289 girls.

Despite the fact the number of births has been rising in recent years, the 2005 figure is still well below the 124,794 births recorded in 1980 or the 123,554 babies in 1990.

The increase last year was witnessed in all three regions. In Brussels, 15,391 babies were born compared with 15,173 in 2004. Flanders recorded 63,606 births (62,374 in 2004), while Wallonia recorded 38,802 (38,071 in 2004).

However, over a longer period, Brussels is the only region showing a rising birth rate. In the capital city region, 12,520 children were born in 1980 and 12,851 in 1990.

After Brussels (15,391), East Flanders recorded the most number of births last year (14,942), followed by Henegouwen (14,366), Liège (11,644), West Flanders (11,153) and Flemish Brabant (11,021).

The fewest births were recorded in Luxemburg (3,085) where the number of births declined last year. Henegouwen was the only other province where the number of births declined.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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