According to Eurostat data published on Thursday, Malta has the lowest fertility rate in all of Europe at 1.13 live births per woman.
This is a significant drop from the EU average of 1.53 births per woman. The data tracks births around Europe until 2021, finding how just over 4 million babies were born throughout the year.
Malta’s fertility rate started to drop as of 2012, when it was 1.42 live births per woman. The sharpest decreases were registered between 2017 and 2019.
This is in contrast to the EU’s fertility rate which remained steady over the same period. meanwhile, the average age at which women give birth was found to be climbing to just under 31.