German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Germany has posted its highest birth rate in decades, with an average of 1.5 births per woman recorded in 2015.

That’s according to data released by the country’s Federal Statistics on Monday.

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The Statistics Office said in a statement that there was an increase of 27 births per 1,000 women in 2015. This takes the overall birth rate from 1.47 in 2014 to 1.5 in 2015.

It noted that it has been the highest figure posted since 1982.

“The increase is more marked among women without German citizenship, rising from 1.86 to 1.95 births per woman in 2015.

“Among women with German citizenship, the birth rate grew only marginally from 1.42 to 1.43 births per woman,’’ it said.

Germany’s birth rate is biggest challenge – Merkel

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has singled out Germany’s birth rate as among the biggest challenges facing the country’s economy. The country’s birth rate is one of the world’s lowest, and it has an ageing population.

Report says in spite of the increased number of births in 2015, the country’s birth rate still falls significantly short of the 2.1 births per woman to maintain a stable population.