October is the most popular birth month in Malta

The number of live births in Malta has been declining over the past generation.

The most common month to be born in Malta is October, while April has the least average of live births, official figures gathered over the past 25 years reveal.

According to data collected by the National Statistics Office (NSO), there were an average of 380 live births during the tenth month of the year between 1996 and 2022. On the other hand, April saw a much lower average, 321.

On the other hand, a look at the individual days of the year in the past quarter century reveals very slight fluctuations. The number of live births per day shifts between a highest average of 15 deliveries on the 9th of November and a lowest average of 9 births on both the 15th of May and New Year’s Day. Moreover, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve are among 43 days of the year with the second-lowest average of 10 registered births.

Average number of monthly live births (1996-2002)

January358
February323
March350
April (lowest)321
May332
June334
July358
August365
September376
October (highest)380
November361
December369
Source: NSO

The same NSO birth statistics requested by The Journal also confirm how the number of live births in Malta has been declining over the past generation. The 5,000 birth mark has never been achieved again since 1996, which saw 5,038 deliveries. The lowest number of births in these past 25 years, 3,765, was registered in 2007.

Total number of live births per year (1996-2002)

1996 (highest)5,038
19974,848
19984,669
19994,403
20004,392
20013,957
20023,918
20034,050
20043,894
20053,858
20063,779
2007 (lowest)3,765
20084,013
20094,029
20103,898
20114,165
20124,130
20134,032
20144,191
20154,325
20164,476
20174,319
20184,444
20194,350
20204,414
20214,395
20224,309
Source: NSO

Photo credit: Rene Asmussen

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Victor
Victor
6 months ago

That must make January our fav nookie time, Unless it’s an early partum… but February is still a nice cool month for clinging together under the quilt.

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