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Swedish births boom during summer holidays

TT/The Local · 5 Nov 2010, 16:13

Published: 05 Nov 2010 16:13 GMT+01:00

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March came in close second, followed by April, May and June, Statistics Sweden reported on Friday.

The old adage that the majority of children are born in the spring appears to be on its way out. In recent years, maternity wards have experienced their highest loads during the summer holiday month of July, putting even more pressure on often thinly-staffed maternity wards.

The trend continued this year, although births in March nearly reached the July figure of 10,290 births. In addition, birth rates in April, May and June did not fall far behind.

In the 1990s, Swedish births were most common in the spring. By the middle of the decade, the peak moved to March, then shifted to April.

However, since 2003, with few exceptions, the mid-summer month of July has taken over as the most stressful period for the country's maternity wards. In addition, the proportion of August births has also increased.

At the same time, while birth patterns appear to be developing towards a single extended peak from March to August, the Swedish birth rate drops between September to February, with November and December registering the lowest number of births.

The question of why the birth rate has varied over the years has intrigued researchers around the world. One possible explanation is that parents see the benefits of giving birth during or in connection with the summer holidays.

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"One theory may be that people plan their childbearing more. They may find it convenient to have children in the summer. It makes it easier for both parents to be home during the early period after birth," said Karin Lundström, a demographer at Statistics Sweden.

Although the number of births has increased in recent years, they still have a way to go to match the high birth rate in the early 1990s, with an average of 11,500 live births during the previous peak months of March or April. In the last three years, the number of births in July fell to just over 10,100 to just over 10,300.

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17:02 November 5, 2010 by Sam1
OH no God these guys are lying...Oh Swedish people are dying out , we are becoming extinct, Oh my God..by the way in North Sweden every Sambo has 3 to more kids, and every man has more than 3 sambos in his life...

Married people have 3-4 kids...Swedish kids...there are 17 years old Swedish fathers, and ofcrouse the research shows that majority of parents are young..and ofcourse the ones who choose to give birth after traveling around the world and give birth at age 30 +..

saying all this I say to racist party SHUT your damn STUPID mouth about people being extinct...that is a big fat lie infact poppulation have become bigger...and the Immi population is only 4% the new ones, and the one mixed with Sweds and have integrated are another 7 %, so 11 % is nothing compared to 89% that grew recently since people are more dependent now!!!

So for the small narrow minded people who believe that lie do your research..
18:11 November 5, 2010 by Rebel
Actually, since Sweden's population is larger than in the early 1990s then the "rate" or number of births per woman, is considerably lower if all you go by is numbers.

Also, in reference to the previous poster, how many of those births are to ethnic Swedes as a percentage?
20:53 November 5, 2010 by maxbrando
What color will these babies be?? Lily-white Sweden will be extinct in 2 generations.
22:04 November 5, 2010 by Swedesmith
Why do they have a picture of my beer gut?
22:05 November 5, 2010 by Dr. Dillner
Looks like most do their serious "boinking" in October (if we count backwards).
23:36 November 5, 2010 by old git
I would say March April and May are springtime in most of Sweden anyway, so what 's the big deal?
12:20 November 6, 2010 by ericrufinosiah
The statistic department should give a breakdown on the births of Swedish women

from natives Swedish to immigrants then you'll only have the right figure,it's not

racist only to compare on the birth rates of indigeneous Swedish women and the

immigrants,that's all.If the indigenous birth rates are low then find a solution to help them as they may have problems like the ratio of indigenous women to men

maybe much higher due to certain circumstances.
17:26 November 6, 2010 by Sam1
How fake is the extinct thing..You know why America has been living in multi culture for 100 of years..

and you still see blonds chinese Sweds, arabs, all look same,..and most are mixed and happy
19:51 November 6, 2010 by SGJamie
Perhaps people see winter coming in October and November and get depressed and well... you know. Also, women start to get frustrated towards the end of the year and need some time off and no better way to get legal paid time than to have a baby. This is especially true with teachers. There have been quite a few teachers around my area who have given birth and then realized they miss being off work and got pregnant strait away after the first kid.

However I do agree with the women who plan when they are going to have their kids. It is smart to have the baby in the summer when it's easier to be off work for vacation. Also if you are a female teacher, you're already off in the summer and your husband can take "daddy days" so you can be together for the whole summer. I'd love to plan it that way!
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