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Euskadi experiences stability in births and notable decrease in deaths in 2023

Euskadi birth stability

Mairenis Gomez

February 21, 2024 | 4:02 p.m.

Euskadi becomes a reflection of demographic trends with stability in births

In the heart of the basque region, a demographic phenomenon has clearly unfolded during the year 2023. The records of the National Institute of Statistics (INE) have revealed that Euskadi has maintained notable stability in the number of births, with 13,647 cases, practically unchanged figure compared to the previous year. However, what really captures our attention is the sharp decline in the number of deaths, which reached 22,167. Reflecting a decrease of 8.4% compared to the previous period. This contrast of figures draws a demographic landscape which, beyond the numbers, tells us about social changes, medical advances and, possibly, a new appreciation of life in the community.

The vegetative balance and its impact on the Basque community

Within this context, The natural balance, that is, the difference between the number of births and the number of deaths, has been placed at -8,520 people. This data, although negative, is not exclusive to Euskadi. In fact, the trend is repeated in almost all the autonomous communities, except in Madrid, Murcia and the Balearic Islands, which presented positive vegetative balances. Euskadi, with its particular demographic dynamics, is inserted in a national scenario where mortality has experienced a general reduction. While the increase in births has been limited to Madrid and Extremadura.

Reflections on the demographic future of Euskadi

Given these data, an inevitable reflection arises about the demographic future of Euskadi. The stability in births, together with the reduction in deaths, can be interpreted as a sign of balance, but it also poses challenges in terms of urban planning, social services and family support policies. The Basque community, known for its strong sense of identity and social cohesion, is faced with the opportunity to rethink strategies that promote sustainable and balanced population growth.

The role of public policies in Basque demography

In addition, The demographic situation in Euskadi is not an isolated event, but the result of a series of factors that include public policies, economic conditions, advances in the health sector and changes in the social fabric. Local and regional authorities are called upon to play a crucial role in articulating appropriate responses to these challenges. The implementation of policies that promote birth rates, along with the strengthening of health and support systems for older people. They could be key in the search for a more favorable demographic balance.

Euskadi birth stability
This phenomenon could have profound implications for service planning and social policy in the region.

A look to the future with hope and responsibility

Undoubtedly, Euskadi, with its particular demographic panorama during 2023, invites us to reflect on the value of life, the importance of public policies sensitive to population dynamics and the imperative to plan for a sustainable future. The stability in births and the decrease in deaths are not just numbers. They are the reflection of a society that advances, adapts and constantly seeks to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants of the Basque Country. Faced with these challenges, the Basque community has the opportunity to lead by example. Demonstrating that it is possible to balance tradition and modernity in the management of its demographics.

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