World's most childless village welcomes its first baby in 30 years after parents quit city for quiet mountain life | The Sun
A LITTLE boy is the first baby to be born in the world's most childless village after his parents moved there for a quiet mountain life.
Thirty years after the last birth, Tizzola di Villa Minozzo in Italy celebrates the coming into the world of the new villager.
Thomas Richeldi and his wife, Simona Albertini have welcomed a new family member on November 6, raising the population of their village to 26 inhabitants.
Thomas said: "In our small way we are managing to go against the trend with the demographic decline in Appennines (mountains)."
They named their newborn son Axel as a tribute to Simona's favourite group- Guns N'Roses.
Axel is not only a joy of his mom and dad, but also of the mostly elderly population of Tizzola.
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The parents put up a ribbon in the main square to spread the happy news.
Axel has already become a central figure warmly welcomed by everyone with the villagers lining up outside the house to greet the newcomer.
The father said: " The community has already shown its support by offering practical help and demonstrating a sense of unity that only the small centres can offer."
With the lack of services in Tizzola, the little one had to be delivered at the hospital in a nearby town, Reggio Emilia.
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The mother had to undergo a planned C-section to avoid the risk of giving birth in an ambulance or helicopter.
But immediately after birth, Simona and Axel returned to the mountains where he will grow up.
The new parents aren't worried about handling emergencies in a remote, small village.
"We are quite calm because the child is healthy.
"In case of need, the Green Cross is there to intervene quickly."
Axel's parents also added that the community is very supportive and everyone rushes to help if necessary.
"And for this reason, we are happy that our little one is growing up here," they said.
The overjoyed mother added: "Now with the arrival of Axel, we will never move again."
Thomas and Simona moved to the mountain village seven years ago to escape the bustling city life.
They wanted to raise a child where quality of life and attachment to land are appreciated.
The decision to give Axel a childhood in a family environment reflects the vision of Thomas and Simona.
"We feel good here, and it is the best place to raise a child despite the difficulties.
"Maybe our little Axel will become a positive example for others who might consider returning or settling here, a little ambassador of Tizzola ."
Another tiny Italian village with only nine residents celebrated the birth of its first baby in 57 years, reported iNews.
The young parents have quickly become local heroes for increasing the populace.
Italy has a long-standing problem of low birth rates and many places in the country have exclusively adult population.
Experts predict Italy's population will fall by five million by 2050.
The pope had urged Italians to have more babies instead of buying cuddly pets in his pursuit to remedy the situation.
He called the choice of many young Italians to buy pets instead of having children "selfish and egotistical".
A remote village in Spain has also welcomed its first baby in 30 years, reported the Times.
Villanueva de Jiloca had a population of 60 with not a single person under the age of 15, until the arrival of the newborn.
In Poland, a mysterious village hasn't seen a birth of a boy in almost a decade.
Miejsce Odrzanskie has majority female population and 12 babies born here in the last ten years were all girls.
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