Hungary tries for baby boom

Mar 2012
New Hampshire

Hungarian women with four children or more will be exempted for life from paying income tax, the prime minister has said, unveiling plans designed to boost the number of babies being born.

Hungary's population is falling by 32,000 a year. Women there have fewer children than the EU average.

As part of the measures, young couples will be offered interest-free loans of 10 million forint (£27,400;$36,000), to be cancelled once they have three children.

It was a way of defending Hungary's future without depending on immigration, Viktor Orban said. The right-wing nationalist particularly opposes immigration by Muslims. "Hungarian people think differently," he said. "We do not need numbers. We need Hungarian children."

Hungary mums-of-four to pay no income tax
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