Statistics: Italian Demographic Time-Bomb

Italian men become fathers at a later age than any other nationality, and do little or nothing to help their wives once their babies are born...statistics office 'Istat' said 2005-10-20. Italian men have their first child at an average age of 33, against less-than-31 for fathers in Spain, France and Finland, 'Istat' said. Part of the problem was that many Italian men lived with their parents for longer than elsewhere in the world, with 40 percent of 30 - 34 year-old Italian males still staying at home. When they eventually become fathers, Italian women need not expect much help around the house, 'Istat' said, adding that Italian men's dedication to domestic duties was 'non-existent or unsatisfying.' 'Istat' said men who married at the age of 35 were 80 percent less likely to want a child than those who married at 25, while women were only likely not to want children if they were older than their husbands. By contrast with the men, Italian women have their first child at an average age of 27, six months before their Finnish counterparts. These statistics will do little to reassure the Italian government which is worried by a demographic time bomb, with Italians rapidly aging and many couples deciding to only have one child or none at all. Reuters Rome via Yahoo! News, 2005-10-20 Th


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Italians are just more traditional that's all. They take care of business, and provide for their wife, family and home. It is more compartmentalised that way, so women deal with different things from the men. Women are up on the pedistal, Italian men stay with their mamas a long time, and are big on respect. The demographic time bomb is not peculiar to Italy, in Britain and France too, people are living longer and there is little pension provision. It is accepted as an economic indicator, where the poorer the country the higher the growth in population. All the affluent European countries have declining birth rates.

10/31/2005 12:57:00 am  

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