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Baby Boom in Crisis-Stricken Iceland

Only on two other occasions in Iceland’s history have more live births been registered in one year than in 2008. Last year, 4,835 babies were born in Iceland, 2,470 boys and 2,365 girls, according to data from Statistics Iceland.

Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

An almost 50-year record was broken last year. In 1960, 4,916 babies were born alive in Iceland, breaking a record of 4,837 births from the prior year, Fréttabladid reports.

The years between 1957 and 1966 are generally considered a baby boom period in Iceland’s history. Only two years from other periods make the top ten in terms of live births: 1990, when 4,768 babies were born in Iceland, and now 2008.

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