Armenia has one of the lowest birth rates- minister

Armenia has one of the lowest birth rates- minister

YEREVAN, March 27. / ARKA /. The birth rate in Armenia (the total number of births per 1,000 of a population each year.) is approximately 1.4 being one of the worst in the world, economy minister Vahram Avanesyan said today.

According to him, low birth rate coupled with migration is one the most pressing problems in Armenia. Avanesyan said the perspective development strategy of the government for 2014-2025 approved today includes measures to address demographic challenges. As for migration, the minister said it could be stopped by creating high-paying jobs.

According to the National Statistical Service (NSS), the average salary in the country is about 158,000 drams.

According to the NSS, the number of babies born in the country in 2013 decreased by 1.7% from the previous year to 41,770. The number of deaths  last year also decreased by 1.6 % to 27,165 . Thus, the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 1.5 times.  The natural population growth in 2013 was 14,605 people.

According to official numbers, the population of Armenia on January 1, 2014 was by 9,500 people less than  in the beginning of the previous year. On January 1, the permanent population  stood at 3, 017,400 people. -0-

19:14 27.03.2014

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