Births in Italy hit record low in 2018, population shrinks again

FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis holds newly-born baby as he visits the San Giovanni hospital in Rome, Italy September 16, 2016. Osservatore Romano/Handout via REUTERS

ROME (Reuters) – The number of babies born in Italy hit a new record low in 2018, the population shrank and the average age crept higher, national statistics office ISTAT said on Wednesday. Italy’s demographic crisis, with a shrinking population and ageing workforce, is one reason for its chronically stagnant economy, economists say — and […]

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