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The Truth About Germany

The Truth About Germany: Family

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A family in Germany statistically consists of 1,37 children thereby placing the country at the end of European fertility. No wonder, considering that 41% of the population live alone. Experts have pointed to many reasons why Germans are failing to reproduce - a conservative family culture, with women expected to stay at home; schools that finish at lunchtime; and a tax system that discriminates against working women. Germany's family minister, Ursula von der Leyen, has been doing her best to come up with ideas to encourage reluctant couples to have children. Our intrepid reporter did his own research in Berlin.

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