Birth rate up in first nine months of 2005

The number of babies born in the Czech Republic in the first nine months of this year was around 4,000 higher than in the same period in 2004. Almost 80,000 babies were born, and though the number of deaths exceeded the number of births, the gap became smaller this year, the Czech Statistical Office said.

Meanwhile, almost 30,000 more people immigrated to the Czech Republic than moved abroad. The number of marriages up to the end of September was slightly up at 41,000, while 24,000 couples got divorced, marginally less than last year.

Author: Ian Willoughby