Spain has appointed a ‘sex tsar’ to help boost the country’s “catastrophically low” birth rate.
The country reported a higher number of deaths than births for the first time last year. This prompted the government to take action.
Young couples have reportedly blamed being “too tired after a full day at work” and “late night” for the decrease.
Statistics revealed Spanish women claim they would like two or more children, but figures from 2015 show a different picture.
The Senado de Espana has tasked demographic expert Edelmira Barreira with sorting out the problem. Basically, Barreira’s chief responsibility will be ‘to get busy between the sheets’, a commentator said.
Statistics revealed Spanish women between 18-49 reportedly had an average of 1.3 children in 2015. This is below the European Union’s (EU) figure of 1.58.
While many EU countries have declining birth rates, Spain has one of the lowest in the developed world.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Ms Barreira will draft a document for a national strategy of demographic imbalances.
Spain’s education ministry said the declining birth-rate “aggravates other economic imbalances and generates important “impacts” in the Welfare State”. This report came from Spanish news site ABC.
Rafael Puyol, of the IE Business School in Madrid theorised why the birth rates are so low. He said people are often too tired after a full day at work. Puyol also blamed long working hours and late nights for the decrease.
He said: “They do not help with making a family. Then a child arrives and it is even worse”.