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People have more children in the north of Europe than the south. Here’s why

Fertility has remained relatively high in Northern European countries throughout the past three decades. Image: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Gilles Pison

Professor at the French Museum of Natural History, Associate researcher at INED, Sorbonne Universités

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A chart showing on average how many children a woman has in various EU countries
Figure 2. Total fertility rates of the 28 countries of the European Union in 2000 and 2018. Image: G. Pison, 2020
a graph showing how the 2008 financial crisis lead to a fall in the number of children in Europe
Total fertility rate since 2000 in selected European countries and the United States. Image: Gilles Pison
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