Spain has created a new position to help more people fall pregnant with a ‘sex tsar appointed to reverse the country’s population crisis.
Edelmira Barreria Diz, a senator in the Galician parliament, has been brought in after Spain last year recorded a lower number of births than deaths for the first time since the early 1940s.
The demographic expert is also tasked with reversing a trend that has seen births in the country fall 18 per cent since 2008.
She has been appointed as head of the commission for demographics by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, according to The Local Spain.
ABC reported Spain’s education ministry as saying the slowing birth rate ‘aggravates other economic imbalances and generates important impacts in the Welfare State.’
In 2013, it was reported that Spain’s population had fallen because of the eurozone crisis.
The number of residents fell by 206,000 to 47.1million in that year, the National Statistics Institute said.
The Local reports that the number of childless couples tripled from 1.5million to 4.4million between 1977 and 2015.
Spain’s fertility rate of 1.32 children in 2014 was among the lowest in Europe.