2016 was the year Portugal’s falling birthrate “perked up”

The country’s stork population is back in demand! After years in which Portugal’s birthrate fell along with its fortunes, the stand against austerity appears to have worked wonders between the sheets: more babies are being born, and whether they will arrive on doorsteps borne by legendary birds, or in hospitals, previously dismal demographics are at last looking up.

2016 saw a total of 80,399 newborns, that’s 4,946 more than two years ago.

Even so, the country remains one of the ‘most ageing’ in Europe with experts saying that urgent policies are still needed to keep things ‘on the right path’.

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