This year marks a sudden drop in birth rates

The birth register of the Ministry of Healthcare reports on the biggest drop in birth rates in last couple of years. Between January 1st and July 31st of this year 32,820 children have been born. For the same period of time last year the same statistic pointed to a higher number - 35,011. (Keep in mind that this statistic is not for the entire year) To shine some light on how bad this is, we will now make a comparison between other years. The year 2016 had 760 births less than 2015. The latter marking a drop of over 2,000 babies compared to 2014. Once again - this same mark has been hit for just 7 months in 2017, the newspaper SEGA reports. 

Data from the MoH and the National Statistical Institue deviate from one another because MoH statistics don not account for stillborns.
This causes a rough difference of about 5000 children per year in the two data sets.

Birth rates in Varna mark a shocking drop. The marine capital of Bulgaria recently marked an increase in birth rates, but is now in demographical crisis. Within the first seven months only 2,051 babies have been born in Varna (610 less than in 2016). Statistics are bad for Vratza and Montana as well, in Vratza there have been only 476 births registered for the first 7 months. Birth rates have been dropping all over the country, including in cities like Plovdiv and Stara Zagora. 

There are only five cities marking an increase in birth rates - Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Burgas, Lovech and Gabrovo.

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Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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