Spain has appointed a ‘minister for sex’ to urge couples to have more babies and reverse the nation’s plummeting birth rate.
The government hopes to boost Spain’s falling birth rate, which is one of the lowest in the developed world.
Former Prime minister Mariano Rajoy appointed Edelmira Barreira as the country’s sex tsar to get Spaniards to produce more babies.
The country is faced with a population crisis, with fewer births than deaths recorded for the first time last year.
Since 2008 the number of births in Spain has plunged by 18 per cent.
And the number of childless couples has nearly tripled from 1.5million in 1977 to 4.4million in 2015.
Most Spanish women say they would like two or more children but in 2015 those aged 18 to 49 had an average of 1.3 children – well below the EU figure of 1.58.
Spanish women also leave it later to have children, having their first child aged 32 on average – the oldest in Europe.
The Institute for Family Policies blamed the impact of the economic troubles of Europe’s 6th largest for why many women are having children later in life.
Spain’s education ministry said the declining birth-rate “aggravates other economic imbalances and generates important impacts in the Welfare State”, Spanish newspaper ABC reported. This trend could also mean emigrants could play in bigger role in Spanish society in the years to come especially those from more “fertile” regions like the Middle east and Africa.
Ms Barreira’s portfolio will include drawing up a national strategy to tackle imbalances in the population.
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