Italians might have a global reputation for strong family traditions, appreciation of guilt and codependent parent-child relationships, but demographics show that Italians are actually having fewer children.

While birth rates in northern Italy have traditionally been lower than the south, the southern part of the country is starting to follow this trend. According to EUROSTAT, the European Union’s statistical agency, the per capita birth rate among Swedes — notoriously low — now exceeds those hot-blooded southerners in Naples.

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