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How births have tumbled since the financial crisis

May 7, 2014

The financial crisis of 2008-2009 triggered more than a stock market and housing crash. It sent birth rates around the world tumbling, too.

Here’s a look at changes in the number of newborns by country:

United States
20084.25 million
20123.95 million
Change-7 percent
Japan
20081.09 million
20121.04 million
Change-5 percent
Germany
2008683,000
2012674,000
Change-1.3 percent
France
2008829,000
2012823,000
Change-1 percent
United Kingdom
2008794,000
2012813,000
Change+2 percent
Italy
2008577,000
2012534,000
Change-7 percent
Spain
2008519,000
2009452,000
Change-13 percent
Greece
2008118,000
2012100,000
Change-15 percent

Sources: Eurostat, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

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