The number of births per year is steadily increasing in the Brussels region, according to the latest birth statistics released by the Bruxelles-Capitale Observatory of Health and Social Affairs which were the subject of an article in the Brussels edition of La Dernière Heure last Wednesday. There were no fewer than 19,355 births in 2012, compared to the previous year’s 19,111. “Brussels is the only region where births are on the rise. This is due to the structure of the population in the region, younger than in Flanders or Wallonia,” said public health physician Dr. Hercot. With 49.4% of births, Belgium has the highest number of mothers giving birth worldwide, with other countries in the European Union coming in at 22.3%, Morocco at 10.2% and sub-Saharan Africa at 6.8%. The 19,355 children born in the capital in 2012 represent an increase of 27.7% on 2002 figures.