LAST year, more children were born in Slovakia than in 2002, an occurrence that came for the first time in 23 years of falling births. According to data published by the Statistics Office, 51,713 children were born in 2003 compared to 50,841 in the previous year.
It remains unclear what caused the growing number. While some say that it may show that the Slovak economy is strengthening, others argue that it is a result of weddings and parenthood that many young people postponed in the 1990s.
“It may be a phenomenon of the biological clock – parenthood cannot be delayed forever,” sociologist Jarmila Filadelfiová told the Slovak daily SME.
Since the 1990s the average age of marriage has been increasing.
In 1991 the average age at a wedding was 22.9 for brides, and 25.6 for grooms. This has increased to 26.5 for brides, and 29.5 for grooms in 2003.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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1. Jul 2004 at 9:35