Greenland: more abortions than births

Didong Zhao
July 14th, 2022

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World War II was the last time the island experienced fewer babies being born

The pregnancy rate remains high (photo: Pixabay)

According to Landslægeembedet, the Greenlandic board of health, the island’s birth rate continues to be lower than its number of abortions, despite a dip in the latter.

In 2021, there were 842, down from 889 in 2020, 902 in 2019 and a ten-year peak of 931 in 2018.

Progress on the back of education
Martha Abelsen, a member of the Naalakkersuisut, attributes the improvement to three years of progress on the back of education programs addressing safe sex.

However, the island’s 2021 total of 761 new-born children was the lowest since World War II.


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