Only 105,141 babies were born in the first four months of this year in our country, 6% less than in the same period last year. These are the latest data provided by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), published yesterday and confirming the downward trend for five years and that has accelerated due to the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, last December, the INE recorded the lowest birth rate in the last 80 years.
- 47% fewer babies than five years ago Births 2021
According to data from the INE, between January and April 2020, 111,941 children were born in Spain compared to 116,295 in 2019 or 199,387 births in 2016.
The statistics also reveal that between December 2020 and February 2021 fewer than 25,000 births were registered, a negative birth record, and that 27,578 children were born in April of this year, 1,658 fewer than in March when it occurred. a slight year-on-year rebound of 2.5 percent.
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- Births decrease in all Autonomous Communities except Aragon
By autonomous communities, between January and April, births fell in all communities except Aragón, where they rose 0.96 percent.
The greatest decreases in the first four months of 2021 took place in Asturias, where the number of babies fell by 10.45%. They are followed by the Canary Islands, with a 10.17% drop; Castilla y León, 8.67%, and the Basque Country, where they fell 8.58%.
In the rest of the communities, the decreases from highest to lowest are:
- Madrid, 7.98%
- Galicia, 7.71%
- Valencian Community, 7.63%
- Catalonia, 7.56%
- Extremadura, 7.48%
- Castilla-La Mancha, 6.74%
- Cantabria, 5.71%
- Murcia, 5.09%
- La Rioja, 4.36%
- Navarra, 1.79%
- Andalusia, 1.39%
- Balearic Islands, 0.55%
In addition to the autonomous cities of Ceuta, 28.23% and Melilla, 9.22%.