An Incredibly Detailed Map Shows Europe's Population Shifts From 2001 to 2011
J Thoendell stashed this in Maps
The map works as follows. Dark blue patches show an average annual population fall of 2 percent or more, the medium blue patches a fall of between 1 and 2 percent, and the lightest blue patches a fall of up to 1 percent. Areas in beige have experienced no statistically significant change, while the red areas show population growth. Municipalities in deep red have experienced an average annual population rise of 2 percent or more, the medium red of between 1 and 2 percent, and the pale pink areas of up to 1 percent. The different sizes of each colored shape, meanwhile, show the radically different sizes of municipal units across the continent—large in the Baltic States, Turkey, and Northern Scandinavia, but far smaller in Ireland, Greece, and the Czech Republic.
Rising: Most of UK, France, North Italy, and South Spain.
Ireland* (not part of the UK)
Ireland and France are the only two European countries with a demographic growth: average of 2.1 children per woman.
That's surprising. I wonder why those two.
Can't talk for Ireland, but in France we have a very social state that gives you advantages when you make more than 2 children. We also have African immigration that contributes to the growth as they come from countries where the demographic transition isn't finished (or even started) yet.
For Ireland, I don't think they have much immigration, but they have a strong Christian culture and religions often encourage people to make children, might be that.
Makes sense. But also strange that none of the rest of Europe has similar cultural values.
And also eye opening that Japan is struggling too: