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More babies predicted in 2007

DEMOGRAPHERS expect that nearly 53,000 babies will be born in Slovakia in 2007. Although this total is higher than in the last few years, it is still unlikely to halt the graying of the Slovak population, however.

For the Slovak population to remain stable there would have to be 2.3 babies born for every woman of reproductive age. In 2005 the rate was just 1.2 babies, one of the lowest in the world, the Pravda daily wrote.

If the birth rate remains at the current level, the last Slovak on earth will die in 250-300 years, according to statisticians.

Slovakia currently has 5.4 million inhabitants. By 2050 it is predicted that the number will drop to 4.9 million.

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