As a result of the credit crunch The Netherlands is now experiencing a marriage crunch (Dutch). The number of Dutchmen marrying fell from 75,500 to 72,000. This may cause the below replacement level birth rate of ethnic Dutch women to fall. The number per of children per women is now 1,6. This implies that the Dutch nation shrinks at almost a quarter of the total each generation.
However an increasing number of people now postpones marriage after having children.