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Fewer Births Expected in Iceland This Year

It appears as if the number of births at the Landspítali national hospital in Reykjavík will drop by five percent this year compared to 2009. That year an all-time birth record was set at the hospital when 3,571 babies were born—a ten percent increase from 2008.

Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

In the decade before, births had increased by two to three percent per year on average, Morgunbladid reports.

According to Hildur Hardardóttir, senior physician at the pregnancy and birth ward at Landspítali, said predictions indicate that approximately 3,340 babies will be born this year.

“When we look at the birth rate month by month, there are fewer births,” Hardardóttir said. At Landspítali 250-300 babies are born every month.

During the first six months of this year 1,738 babies were born at Landspítali while 1,729 babies at the same period in 2009. It is expected that 1,606 other babies will be born at Landspítali this year.

Statistics Iceland assumes a continued drop in population figures in Iceland this year but that inhabitants will increase again in 2011. Birth rates are not expected to increase during this period.

Click here to read more about forecast population figures and here to read about last year’s baby boom.

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