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Birth rate in Georgia increased2010-06-03 16:27
Birth rate in Georgia in 2009, in comparison to 2008. increased by 12 per cent, and amounted 63 377 people - Georgia Times correspondent.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to the National Service of Statistics of Georgia, it's the highest rate after 1992-1993.
The birth rate of first children in the family increased by 7.5 per cent; of second - by 16.2 per cent; of third - by 22.7 per cent; of fourth - by 19.3 per cent; of fifth and further - by 19.3 per cent. Experts explain it with the initiative of Ilia II, the Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia. Since January 2008 he's been conducting services of mass christening of babies, third or further in their families.
The death rate also increased in 2009 [in comparison to 2008] by 8.4 per cent and amounted 46 625 people. But as the birth rate is higher, natality amounts 23.6 per cent, or 16 752 people.