Scientists: Czechs are dying out
According to latest data, the Czech Republic has the second lowest fertility rate in the world. There are now 10 million Czechs. Demographers warn that if the negative trend continues, in 300 years there would be only 60.000 Czechs left. Pavla Horakova spoke to the head of the Demography Section at Prague's Faculty of Science, Jitka Rychtarikova, who presented the results of the study earlier this week.
Can you compare it to other European countries?
"Only Ukraine has a lower level, 1.1 children per woman. European countries such as France, Norway, Denmark, etc. have their total fertility rate more than 1.6 or 1.7."
How do you explain this phenomenon?
Could the government introduce legislation or incentives that might reverse the trend?
"I think that in the current situation, when the Czech Republic has really extremely low fertility level, it is necessary to do something in particular with the housing market, to increase not only child allowances, but also for instance to do something with parental leave, maternity leave and to help young families or young people to have children."