SPAIN - Birth Rate Hits Record Low

K. Farmer

Spain’s birth rate has dropped to its lowest level since records started in 1941, provisional data from its National Statistics Institute (INE) showed, with just 322,075 babies adding to the country’s population of 48.6 million in 2023.

Last year’s Spanish birth rate was down 2% compared with 2022, adding to a drop of almost 25% in a decade. This decline has left Spain with the second lowest fertility rate in the European Union, Eurostat data from 2021 shows, lagging Malta.

Eurostat’s data showed the rate in Spain at 1.19 live births per woman compared to the EU average of 1.53, both far short of the 2.1 at which existing population levels would be maintained.

“It is true that childbearing is no longer a generalized life aspiration. Women want to have a career, people want to do certain things before they start a family,” Marta Seiz, a Madrid-based university professor specialized in family sociology, demography and inequality, told Reuters.

Economic uncertainty, unemployment, low-quality jobs and soaring housing prices are some of the reasons why Spaniards were either getting pregnant later or having fewer children than they had originally intended, Seiz added.

-www.reuters.com, 21 February 2024

Commentary

The last two paragraphs quoted from the article say it all: modern women are more inclined to focus on their careers than having children. While economic hardship is often cited as an additional reason, the prosperity most enjoy today—regardless of their income bracket—cannot be compared to earlier decades, when people maintained larger families despite not having much. 

The ironic thing is the less children people have, the higher the burden will be on governments to find sources of tax income to sustain benefits for elderly populations. Hence, one may end up being less comfortable in retirement than previously imagined.

All of this is in line with our repeated emphasis that materialism is a major sign of the end times, as Revelation 3:17 underscores: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” -By K. Farmer

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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