Population decline spells disaster for Estonia

  • 1998-08-06
  • Rebecca Santana
TALLINN - Estonia's population has dropped dramatically in the past decade, and if it continues to do so, it will adversely affect the Estonian economy and culture.Approximately 24,000 babies were born in 1988, but a decade later, that number dropped to slightly less than 14,000, according to a report by Jaak Uibu, an advisor to the Minister of Ethnic Affairs. If these numbers do not turn around, there will be 15 percent fewer people in Estonia by 2023. "It creates a lot of troubles," said Kalev Katus, a professor at the Estonian Inter-university Population Research Center. "It is a big pro...
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