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    Belgium in top rankings of large families

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    Belgium is in the the top three countries in the European Union for families with three or more children, according to Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency.

    In Belgium, 18% of families with children have three or more, the same figure as France, just behind Finland (19%) and leader Ireland on 26%.

    The poll, taken last year, showed that there are 223 families in the EU, with 65 million of them including children. Of those, 15% are single-parent families.

    Of the households across the EU with children, 47% have one child, 40% have two and 13.5% three or more. Belgium, however, has 41.2% with one child, 40.6% with two and 18,1% with three or more.

    At the other end of the scale, only 22% of households have children in Finland and Germany, with 23% in Sweden and 25% in Austria.

    The countries least likely to mahe families of three or more children are Spain and Italy (8%), Portugal (7%) and Bulgaria (5%).

    Alan Hope
    The Brussels Times