Monday, February 14, 2011
The slow tragic death of Germany
Germany is slowly dying. In 2010, it produced just eight children per 1000 of the population, while 11 Germans per thousand passed away. In absolute terms, the German population has started to shrink despite significant inward migration flows.
The German birthrate is shocking. According to the CIA, it ranked 219th out of 223 countries. Only Italy, Japan, Monaco and Hong Kong recorded lower birth rates. Even child hating Britain manages to produce 12 children per 1000.
The rapidly diminishing German birthrate is also evident in its age distribution. Only 13.7 percent of the German population is 14 under, while over 20 percent of the population is older than 65. The latter percentage can only increase with time. Currently, the median age of a German is about 44. In the case of German females, the median age is a fraction below 46.
Germany is a country that made an extraordinary cultural contribution to the world. It is a land of Beethoven, Goethe, and Kant. Yet the prevailing culture in Germany today seems inimical to procreation. Germany is withering away, and to me at least, this is an appalling prospect.