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Russia's birth rate remains low

Moscow, 9 November: There will be fewer young people in Russia in 15 years by about one-third as compared with the present. TASS learnt this from the Russian State Statistical Committee on the eve of the World Youth Day.

There are over 22.5m people aged from 15 to 24 years, or 15 per cent of the total number of the population, in Russia at present. There are now some 14.6m people, or ten per cent of the population, aged under nine. They will be in the age bracket of 15 to 24 years in 15 years' time. The ageing of the population in Russia is connected, above all, with fewer births, it was learnt from the Statistical Committee. Thus, the birth rate in Russia dropped almost by half, from 2.5m to 1.3m, within ten years, from 1987 to 1997. The birth rate sharply dropped again in the subsequent 18 months in connection with the 1998 economic crisis.

However, this tendency stopped recently, a representative of the Statistical Committee said. Thus, there were eight births for every 1,000 in 1999 and nine births in 2000. There were 20 new-born babies per 1,000 in Russia in 1987, it was noted at the Statistical Committee.

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