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Russian birth rate to rise to 1.8 million as New Year rings in
RT ^ | 21 December, 2012

Posted on 12/29/2012 10:49:54 AM PST by MinorityRepublican

Yelena Nikolayeva with her newborn son who became the Earth's seven billionth resident, in the labor ward of the Kaliningrad Perinatal Center, Russia.

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister has announced some optimistic news regarding the country’s demographics, which shows that initiatives by the Kremlin may be beginning to bear fruit.

­The annual birth rate in Russia is expected to eventually hit 2 million, which is good news for the nation’s demographic and social outlook, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said in remarks at a conference on demographic issues.

After years of dismal demographic rates, the news comes as a relief for officials concerned about the social risks connected with a dwindling population, as well as the overall aging of the population and the need to meet the demands of the labor market through human capital.

"We anticipate that 1.8 million babies will be born this year," Golodets said. "It is desirable that the birth rate should reach 2 million… which would allow many of the risks for our state to be removed in this generation."

Golodets said that the country’s birth rate levels should be maintained by further social development. She noted that Russia’s birth rate has been increasing by 100,000 annually, and while the growth is welcome news, it presents a challenge to the country’s social infrastructure.

"This is quite a sizable index, and we… must be prepared to meet the demand for the services of kindergartens and medical clinics," she explained.

Previously, experts polled some 3,000 people while conducting a survey in 2007, as the Russian government was introducing initiatives to jumpstart population growth.

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1 posted on 12/29/2012 10:50:40 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Good for them. I’d say “Yay for White people” but I’m pretty sure that’s illegal. Although I’m not sure if it is illegal to say in relation to White people who were never evil, slavemasters who committed genocide - like we did. I’m confused.

2 posted on 12/29/2012 12:05:13 PM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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