EKATERINBURG, March 3. / TASS /. The lowest fertility rate comparable to the level of the 1990s was noted in the Sverdlovsk region in 2020, 44 thousand newborns were born in the region this year, said Natalya Khramova, deputy head of the Civil Registry Office for the region, at a press conference in the Ural Regional information center TASS on Wednesday.
"Since 2015, there has been a trend towards a decrease in the birth rate. In 2020, we have the lowest rate in recent years, we registered 44 thousand 343 birth certificates. This is two thousand less than last year, that is, another five percent drop Today we have reached the figure of almost 1999, when 37,270 [births] were registered, "she said, adding that at the end of the 90s, the birth rate in the region was the lowest since the middle of the last century.
The drop in the birth rate in recent years is associated with the peculiarities of the demographic situation in the 90s, Khramova noted. "Today, potential parents are children who were born in the 90s, and since few of them were born at that time, today we are reaping the fruits of the economic situation that we had 20-25 years ago," she said. she is.
Nevertheless, in the Sverdlovsk region over the past few years, there has been a tendency for the birth of second and third children. The indicator has reached 67% to date. In addition, the region noted a downward trend in the number of children born to single mothers and with the establishment of paternity.
An increase in the birth rate in the region is expected by 2025, Khramova added.