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INCREASE OF THE POPULATION OF SWEDEN. It was estimated some years ago that the proportion of illegitimate births in Stockholm to legitimate births was as 2 to 3. Apart from the greater dissoluteness always to be found in capitals, the low salaries paid to Government officials a,nd clerks, and the pressure of somewhat strict social rules, have given rise to a system of illegal unions more widely spread than in other large towns. But the result of this state of things, although inconsistent with strict morality, is by no means to be confounded with the unspeakable degradation which makes hideous the streets of London. It is, however, to be noted as an unfavourable sign that the marriage rate in the whole kingdom has been steadily diminishing during the last 100 years. In 1760 there was one marriage for every 110 inhabitants. Between 1861 and 1865 the proportion was one for every 140. The birth rate progresses satisfactorily. It is now 3'39 per cent., that of Prussia being 3'69, and that of France 2'68. The death rate, on the other hand, which, between 1751 and 1755, was 2'66 per cent., and between 1771 and 1775 was 3'1, has fallen in a remarkable manner during the last ten years from 2 16 to 1'98. The average annual total of births is now 130,000. The net annual increase of population between 1816 and 1865 has been at the rate of 1*34 per cent. in spite of the taste for emigration which has developed itself since 1861. In that year 2,286 persons emigrated from Sweden, and the annual number has risen to 6,691 in 1865.

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