RIGA - The continued decline in Latvia's birth rate will lead to serious consequences for the nation's economy and may even put national security at risk, say various observers. Only 9,197 babies were born during the first six months of this year, according to recently released figures from the Health Statistics Department of the Information and Medicine Technologies Center.At this rate, the total number of births in 1998 is likely to be lower than last year's post-independence record low.The birth rate has been declining steadily in Latvia since 1940. This decline picked up steam after the...
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