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Slovaks could die out in 400 years

IF CURRENT demographic trends are maintained there will be no more Slovaks and Czechs in 400 years, the daily SME wrote.

Demographer Boris Vaňo assured the daily however, that the situation is not as drastic as it seems because the prognosis is based on purely a mathematical calculation.

"Such phenomena always appear in a society which is undergoing development," said Vaňo.

Nevertheless, Slovakia still faces a long-term decrease in its numbers of inhabitants. According to Vaňo the main reasons for this are that young people have different priorities than raising children and a bad social situation.

"Housing for the young people is especially problematic and the overall social climate is not favourable to children either," said Vaňo.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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