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Declining Birth Rates (1950-1990)

With the end of the baby boom in the late 1960s, birthrates declined dramatically in both German states. Both governments responded with a series of social policy measures for families and mothers, but it was only in East Germany that birthrates eventually increased.

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Births and Deaths in the Federal Republic in Thousands


Year
Live births
Deaths
Surplus of births (+)
or deaths (-)
Former FRG
Territory of
former GDR
Former FRG
Territory of
former GDR
Former FRG
Territory of
former GDR
1950
813
304
529
220
284
84
1960
969
293
643
234
326
59
1965
1,044
281
678
230
367
51
1970
811
237
735
241
76
-4
1971
779
235
731
235
48
0
1972
701
200
731
234
-30
-34
1973
636
180
731
232
-95
-52
1974
626
179
728
229
-101
-50
1975
601
182
749
240
-149
-59
1976
603
195
733
234
-130
-38
1977
582
223
705
226
-123
-3
1978
576
232
723
232
-147
0
1979
582
235
712
233
-130
2
1980
621
245
714
238
-93
7
1981
625
238
722
232
-98
5
1982
621
240
716
228
-95
12
1983
594
234
718
223
-124
11
1984
584
228
696
221
-112
7
1985
586
228
704
225
-118
2
1986
624
222
700
224
-76
-1
1987
642
226
687
214
-45
12
1988
677
216
688
213
-10
3
1989
681
199
698
206
-16
-7
1990*
727
175
713
201
14
-26

* Preliminary results


Source: Federal Office of Statistics [Statistisches Bundesamt], ed., Datenreport 1992. Zahlen und Fakten ├╝ber die Bundesrepublik Deutschland [Data Report 1992. Numbers and Facts about the Federal Republic of Germany]. Bonn, 1992, p. 48.

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