27 Feb, 2017 @ 10:15
1 min read

Spain appoints ‘sex tsar’ in attempt to boost declining population


couple-1363960_640SPAIN has appointed a ‘sex tsar’ in a bid to reverse a dip in the country’s birth rate.

It comes after there were more deaths than births for the first time last year, prompting the government to take action.

Figures from 2015 showed that despite women on average wanting two or more children, those aged 18-49 had an average of 1.3, significantly below the EU average of 1.58.

The statistics mean Spain has one of the lowest birth-rates in the developed world.

The new ‘sex tsar’, Edelmira Barreira, will help draft a national strategy to tackle the demographic imbalances.

She has been appointed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Spain’s education ministry said the declining birth-rate ‘aggravates other economic imbalances and generates important “impacts” in the Welfare State’.

Rafael Puyol of the Madrid IE Business School said people are too tired after a full day at work and blamed long working hours and late nights.

He said: “They do not help with making a family. Then a child arrives and it is even worse.”

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

GOT A STORY? Contact [email protected] or call +34 951 273 575 Twitter: @olivepress


  1. Doubt if people are having less sex. More likely they are simply having less children. They are hardly likely to have more sprogs when they have a lot less money. All the silly “tsars” in the world won’t address that situation.

  2. Falling human populations are exactly what is needed but the propaganda generated by big business, bad for capitalism and the religious freaks would con you into believing it is’nt.

    • Stuart- right on! the world needs declining populations not by starvation, not by war, but rather by choice. Fewer people on this planet would solve most of the world’s problems including global warming.

      just one anthropologist

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

air pollution refinery e
Previous Story

EU issues final warning to Spain over repeated air pollution infractions

Theresa May e
Next Story

Theresa May to end EU citizens’ rights to live in UK with ‘cut-off’ date expected within two weeks

Latest from Health

Go toTop

More From The Olive Press