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Baby boom as Swedes go forth and procreate

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Baby boom as Swedes go forth and procreate
16:28 CEST+02:00
The number of children born in Sweden in the first half of 2010 climbed by almost seven percent from the corresponding period of 2009, to 58,174, new figures show.

At the same time, the number of deaths declined by 3 percent, to 46,486 people, according to a new report from Infotorg.

"Our previous figures from 2009 indicated that a baby boom was looming," said Patrik Attemark, InfoTorg CEO in a statement on Thursday.

The report indicates that immigration is 70 percent higher than emigration, despite a 35 percent hike in the number of those leaving Sweden in comparison with 2009.

While Swedish procreation is ensuring an increased at the younger end of the population, longer life spans and a higher average age of new arrivals to Sweden, the average age of the population increased somewhat over the period.

"Sweden will continue to see pregnant bellies and baby carriages in increasing amounts in the streets. At the same time, we note a reduced number of deaths, a trend that indicates a prosperous population living longer," Attemark said.

The Infotorg report is based on figures from the Swedish Population Address Register (SPAR), which are based on an average daily change over a given month multiplied by the number of days in the month.

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