Latvia's growth in newborn numbers largest in Baltics

Latvia had the greatest growth in the number of newborn babies among the Baltic countries in 2014, according to data by the Central Statistics Bureau.

More babies were born in all three Baltic states in 2014 in comparison to 2013, while in Latvia the growth was the greatest at 5.6%.

In Latvia, there were 1150 more newborns in 2014 than in 2013, while in Lithuania and Estonia the numbers sat at 484 and 20 respectively.

The greatest birth rates were seen from 1985 and 1987, when twice as many babies were born as today. That might be supplementary to the increased birth rates experienced now. 

The total fertility rate (TFR) in 2014 grew by 0.13 in comparison with 2013, and was the highest in the Baltics at 1.65, while it was 1.54 and 1.63 in Estonia and Lithuania respectively. 

The European TFR average was 1.55 in 2013, a number that's too low for normal generation replacement, which can happen when the TFR is at about 2.1 to 2.2. 

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