For the first time in years more children were born in Poland. In 2014, there has been an increase in births of approximately 4,000 in comparison with 2013. “The citizens of Poland have reason to be happy as there has also been a significant decrease in deaths,” we read in Metro. According to Central Statistical Office (GUS) data, 183,000 children were born in the first half of 2014, which is 2,000 more than in the first half of 2013. If the trend continues, this will mean more than 4,000 newborns this year compared to last year. GUS researchers believe that this could be an effect of the growing interest of the authorities in the improvement of the demographic situation in Poland. This includes one-year parental leave, cheaper preschools, in vitro fertilisation, housing programmes for young couples and greater benefits for children. Moreover, for the first time in years, GUS has observed a decrease in the number of deaths. In the first half of 2014, 188,000 Poles passed away, which is almost 13,500 people less than in 2013 during the same period. It is therefore possible that there will be a demographic increase (more births than deaths) by the end of the year. “Yes, there is a chance,” admits GUS employee Artur Satora. He calculated that life expectancy has been increasing for approximately six years. The reason is that increasingly more people are taking care of themselves by eating healthily and living a healthy lifestyle. The average Pole is living longer,” said Artur Sarota.