Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Irish women have the highest fertility rate in the European Union

Ireland Online:

Women in Ireland have more children than their counterparts in any other EU country, according to figures published today by the Central Statistics Office.

The CSO said figures from 2003 showed Irish women were having an average of just under two children in their lifetime, compared to an EU average of almost 1.5.

It also said almost one-third of births in 2003 were outside of marriage, but for women having their first child, this figure increased to 43%.

Irish fertility rates highest in EU

5 Comments:

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Cahony said...

Interesting statistics. Have you seen any analysis of the numbers or conjecture as to factors which influence Irelands high fertility rate?

 
At 4:15 AM, Blogger Diarmid said...

From what I understand, Catholicism seems to be the most important factor in Ireland's relatively high birth rate.

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger Justine said...

Catholicism is not the factor Diarmid.

That's ludicrious. Look at the statistics on the numbers of Irish people who think contraception is ok with them.

The days of women being pregannt every year for their entire fertile lives are long over. Catholicism was to blame for that. We've seen the light.

 
At 11:49 AM, Blogger Diarmid said...

Catholicism is not the factor Diarmid

Then what do you believe is the cause of the high Irish fertility rate?

 
At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love how catholicsm is the reason for every thing liberals hate. catholic spain, italy have some of the lowest fertility rates in europe. which is it? catholicism responsible for high or low rates? lets think a little before spouting out the liberal prejudice.

 

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