birth rate birth rate
Stories About

birth rate

Newborns lie in the nursery ward of a Japanese hospital in 2014. For years, the small, bustling country has seen a decline in its population, leading experts and lawmakers to consider the economic and social repercussions. Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Corbis via Getty Images

South Korea's parliament has shortened the maximum workweek amid the country's low birth and productivity rates. Workers are seen here at a factory in Ansan, South Korea, in 2015. Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters hide caption

toggle caption
Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Older Russians relax during a rally in Moscow. Even with steady improvements in life expectancy, Russian men — whose life expectancy was about 56 years in 1995 — today have an average life span of just under 66 years. Men in Europe live on average 10 years longer. Maxim Shipenkov/EPA/Landov hide caption

toggle caption
Maxim Shipenkov/EPA/Landov

A Post-Soviet Baby Bust Comes Back To Bite Russia

  • Download
  • <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript