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Why I should do the vitality-check?
Is it profitable to invest time in it?

Demographic transition is a much discussed issue in the public. Two important components are the propulsions of demographic change: Less children and the migration of young people who are looking for jobs.

Today's families have less children. The average is about 1,5 per family. A mother gets her first baby at the end of 20 or being 30 and older. This is not to maintain today's population. The population will decline and the percentage of older people will increase constantly.

This has been different 50 years ago: Those who are 50 years now usually grew up in families with three and more children. And their mothers were only 20 years old when getting the first baby.
Also economy in rural areas has changed. Today one person can cultivate a field with more than 100 ha. 30 years ago 10 employees were needed to manage the same size of arable farm land.

Out of agriculture and forestry only few jobs were created, mostly without any higher qualification. So young people leave home for new jobs and a good career.

Both processes can hardly be influenced locally. But anyway - one can become active. No one would deny that children growing up in the countryside will have better and healthier living conditions. We should work on facts like this. And it is not impossible to work for more and higher qualified education in local operating enterprises. Social life and cohesion is the strength of our villages - we must use this.

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