Built Business Tough

The Struggle to Reverse a Shrinking Population Hits Some Nations Harder

DAGDA, Latvia—For nearly three decades, Inara Frolova, a community civil servant, has recorded just how fast this distant district on Latvia’s eastern border has dwindled. When her a few brothers, her very first partner and her son still left for Eire, she wrote it down. When births strike their least expensive-ever degree last yr, she entered the information.

This yr, with its inhabitants at about half of what it was in 1990, Dagda County was considered as well smaller to help a community government and merged with a nearby county.