Greece birthrate drops further

The birthrate in Greece, one of the lowest in the European Union, plunged even further in 2011 when the repercussions of the country’s debt crisis started to take hold, reaching 1.42 children per woman, from 1.5 in 2010, according to figures made public Wednesday by European Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Laszlo Andor.

The sharpest drop in that period in the 27-member EU was in Denmark, where the birthrate dropped to 1.75 children from 1.87, Andor said in response to a question submitted by Greek Euro MP Giorgos Papanikolaou.

The average birthrate in the EU is 1.57 children per woman.