Over a quarter million babies are born a day, but Portugal isn't contributing much to that number. Since 2008, the country's birth rate has dropped an alarming 14 percent, leaving small and large villages alike bereft of new blood to support a withering population. In northern Portugal, the village of Agracoes provides a terrifying glimpse of what some Portuguese officials, such as Luis Ramos Leite, have warned two-thirds of the country could soon look like: a smattering of retirees living out their last days amidst crumbling infrastructure and a standstill local economy. In Agracoes, the nearest working hospital is hours away and groceries are trucked in once a week. Although Portugal has suffered most acutely, Europe as a whole has seen a dramatic population decline, which its governments have yet to resolve.
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