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Italy’s population is set to decline by almost a fifth over the next five decades as a result of a steadily falling birthrate, the country’s statistics agency ISTAT said on Thursday.
A shrinking and ageing population is a major worry for the euro zone’s third-largest country. Among other things, it is linked to falling productivity and higher welfare bills.
According to a baseline scenario, Italy’s inhabitants will shrink from 59.2 million in 2021…
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