- Finnish employers’ organisation wants government policy that would encourage families to have children…….:
At the time long-serving SDP Europarliamentarian Liisa Jaakonsaari took to Twitter to declare that Rinne’s choice of language brought to mind national socialism and the Third Reich.
The most logical of answers escape them because they’re really not worried about the people but for (important point here) crony corporate profit. The type that uses government to feather its own nest at the expense of the competition and consumer, in this case precisely, the civil society.
Finland’s birth rate falls to lowest level since 19th century famine
Finland may need a tenfold increase in work-based immigration, a family planning expert warns.
The number of babies born in Finland fell for a ninth consecutive year, but immigration drove an overall population increase in 2019.
Births in Finland dropped to 45,600 last year, the lowest level since the nationwide famine of 1868, according to preliminary data released by Statistics Finland.
Nearly 2,000 fewer children were born last year than in 2018, and 2019 is the ninth year in a row in which the number of babies born in Finland has dropped compared to the previous year.
The national fertility rate for 2019 was the lowest on record, at 1.35 children per woman. This figure is down from 1.40 for 2018, and marks a significant decline from the rate of 1.50 in 2017.
The number of deaths also fell last year, with 53,600 recorded deaths, a decrease of about a thousand from 2018.
However, despite the falling birth rate, Finland’s population increased by over 9,600 to about 5,528,000 at the end of the year — mainly due to immigration, with about 18,000 more migrants relocating to Finland than emigrants leaving the country.
Compared to 2018, the number of immigrants increased by about 1,300, to just over 32,000 people, 8,500 of whom were returning Finnish citizens. The emigration level dropped significantly, with 4,600 fewer people leaving Finland permanently last year compared to 2018.
“Large, looming challenge”
Anna Rotkirch, of the social welfare and health NGO Family Federation of Finland, told Yle News that if the current birth trend continues Finland may face significant economic issues in the future.
“Economic predictions show that in 15 or 20 years we will have an extremely unfavourable population structure, if nothing changes,” Rotkirch explained. “There is a large, looming challenge and economists are very, very worried. The dependency ratio will be extremely challenging, and it is estimated that we will need a tenfold increase in work-based immigration.”
The dependency ratio measures the number of dependents under 14 and over the age of 65, compared with the total population aged 15 to 64.
In order to begin tackling these challenges, Rotkirch would like to see more research to understand what is causing the birth rate to drop. She also called for more information to be made available to the public.
“We really need to help people make informed decisions in the area of family planning, by providing more information on reproductive health and sexual health at a much better level than we are doing now,” Rotkirch said.
Population declining most rapidly in rural areas
Regionally, populations grew in the areas of Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa, Southwest Finland, Northern Ostrobothnia and Åland.
The population expanded most in southern Finland’s Uusimaa region — by more than 19,000 people. Pirkanmaa, also experienced population growth, but the increase was much smaller than in the previous year, about 2,700 people.
The area which saw the biggest decrease in population was South Savo, where more than 2,200 people died. The population of Kymenlaakso also decreased by over 2,000.