Home News Why Swedes are less likely to make babies on Valentine’s Day News Why Swedes are less likely to make babies on Valentine’s Day February 13, 2019 0 15 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp A newborn baby. File photo: Christine Olsson/TT In Sweden, babies are less likely to be conceived around Valentine’s Day than at almost any other time of the year. November, nine months after the romantic holiday, is the time when the fewest Swedish babies are born, according to a new study that looked at sociodemographic variation in births. “Since Valentine’s Day is also a new phenomenon in Sweden – and limited to one day – it has absolutely no positive effect on birth rates in this country,” Gunnar Andersson, one of the two Stockholm University demography professors who co-authored the study, said in a statement. As for why the birth rate actually falls in November, rather than merely staying stable, the researchers believe this may be down to deliberate planning by parents. “We believe that the strong cut-off in births at the end of the year is because parents want to avoid giving their children a disadvantage in school,” commented Johan Dahlberg, the study’s other author. READ ALSO: This pattern can also be seen in other countries, and previous studies have suggested that children born later in the year can face disadvantages at school due to being young for their year group. In the past, national holidays led to a spike in births in Sweden, with more babies born nine months after Midsummer and Christmas than at any other time of the year. However, these seasonal patterns have decreased over recent decades, the study shows, reflecting the growing availability and awareness of contraception and accessibility of abortion. The researchers looked at data on births that took place in Sweden between 1940 and 2012 for the study. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 1 dead after shooting in the parking lot of Walmart Large-scale operation in Guxhagen: Five-year-old should have fallen into the Fulda VIDEO: The car rolls over for minutes before Arizona's family reporter is shot live – AZFamily LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.