The New York Times Magazine has a Europe-themed edition. I thought it would be interesting to look at the five big Western European nations in Google Data Explorer.
Seems like the five differ only on fertility rates, where they divide into two groups: France and UK (near replacement), versus Germany/Italy/Spain (well below replacement, around 1.4).
Why would they differ on this, if in the other economic factors they are so similar?
Wow. I didn’t realize Great Britain was doing so well the past decade prior to the recession. Nor Italy for that matter. (I still tend to think of Italy as a train wreck – aided no doubt by what makes the news)
It’s interesting the infant mortality rate in GB is so much higher than the others.
Why the demographic difference in UK and France? BIG Muslim populations. The increase in the UK over the last decade roughly equates to the 1997-2010 Labour governments attempts to “drown the right in diversity”.
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