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Thailand Birth Rate



Thailand Birth Rate

In 2008, the Thailand birth rate was 13.57 births/1.000 population.


It is thought that in a developing country the birth rate should be high but in Thailand the things don’t look too good at this chapter.


Thailand’s fertility rate is below the generally accepted level which affects the Thailand birth rate.


If in the’60s the fertility rate was 6.5 children/woman, it started to decline to 4.9 in 1975, partly because of the NFPP (the National Family Planning Program).


In the ‘80s the fertility rate was even under 3. In 1996 there were 2.14 children per woman.


The low Thailand birth rate may represent a serious problem even if is not mentioned in the press. If at beginning it was thought that the women will have children when they get over 30 years, in time it was proved that the women were actually gave up having babies. The low Thailand birth rate may bring drastic changes in long-term. A society keeps its creativity and dynamism through the young population, things that can not be replaced by the advanced computer technology. As a result, the nation becomes conservative and stagnates.


Birth Rate in Thailand

There are many causes of this Thailand birth rate: the policies of the Thai government, then the materialism which can be the problem’s root.


Of course people love children and find them adorable but instead of having one, they spend their time on cars, mobile phones and trips. To change diapers it seems to not match in their schedule. But, raising a child also implies some much higher costs then in past; today there are huge expectations regarding what one parent suppose to give his child. There were no ‘mandatory’ piano lessons or foreign languages lessons in the past.


The child-friendly environment doesn’t encourage the Thailand birth rate also. Open spaces for children are not among the Thai authorities, especially in Bangkok. You will not found many places where children can play and run but you will see parents looking for their kids who learn to bicycle and carefully looking for any vehicle that may approach. There are no playgrounds close to the people’s homes.


Children are not encouraged to practice sports, the swimming pools, open air facilities and places for jogging are seriously missing.


The critics say that in this case there is no wonder that the famous sportsmen are few.


On the other side you can see numerous new high buildings in Thailand; according to the law, these buildings have to offer parking spaces for the residents’ cars.


As a result, the first 5 even 6 floor of the buildings are dedicated to the parking places.


It is a big contrast between the space reserved for cars and the places where the children can play. It seems that the authorities have spaces for cars but not for kids.

Thailand Birth Rate

To this it adds the green spaces lack so maybe the companies should be obliged to include playgrounds and gardens into their property development. Maybe these details will increase the Thailand birth rate.



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