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'Bad mother' mindset keeps German birthrate low: Study

Published on Dec 17, 2012 9:33 PM

BERLIN (AFP) - A national mindset branding working mothers as bad parents is a key factor keeping the German birthrate among the lowest in Europe, creating long-term policy challenges, a study released on Monday showed.

A lack of nursery spots, inflexible working hours and widespread frowning on mothers who pursue careers are destroying Germans' desire to have children, researchers at the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB) found.

With the fertility rate of German women at 1.39, there are only 10 European countries with a lower rate.

"This low birthrate has major social significance in the long run because it is one of the main causes of the shrinking and ageing of the population," said the authors of the study titled "(No) Desire for Children?" by the BiB, which is part of the interior ministry.

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