Cuba’s demographic indicators
comparable to those of developed countries
CIENFUEGOS.— Demographic analyses carried out in
Cuba show indicators comparable to those of
developed countries, an achievement which does
represent an additional challenge for the updating
of Cuba’s economic model.
Rafael Araujo González, expert from the Center of
Demographic Studies (CEDEM) at the University of
Havana, stated that Cuba is the only developing
country with a life expectancy comparable to those
of developed countries.
Also the coordinator of the Cuba’s population
dynamics project, Araujo González, said that the
city of Cienfuegos has the highest percentage of
senior citizens in the Americas, as 18% of its
inhabitants are elderly.
He explained that the University of Havana CEDEM, in
collaboration with the UN Population Fund,
facilitates demographic research, training and
During the first workshop dedicated to the issue and
held in the faculty of Medical Sciences in the
province Cienfuegos, Araujo González also
highlighted the country’s declining fertility rate.
Cuba is currently experiencing a reduction in birth
rates, due to economic and social factors as well as
the professional advancement of women, among others,
he stated. (AIN)