The birth rate in the spring of 2022 in Sweden reached its lowest level in more than two decades, according to figures released by Statistics Sweden on Sunday.
The figures showed that between January and April this year, 1.57 children were born per woman, compared to 1.69 in the same period last year.
“It’s a sudden sharp drop in the statistics,” Gunnar Andersson, professor of demography at Stockholm University, told Swedish television.
When people were living at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, the birth rate increased to 1.69 children per woman, but during the first four months of this year, the number of births fell to 35,467 children, according to Swedish statistics. This is 2,483 less than the figure recorded in the same period last year and also the lowest level recorded in the past 20 years.
“In the short term, there can be random variations like that observed in January. However, the level since then has been much lower than previously,” Anderson said.
Anderson said the sudden drop in fertility could be linked to the mass vaccination campaign against COVID-19 that began in the spring of 2021.