Girl, what? No boy has been born in this Polish village for 10 ...

World

Girl, what? No boy has been born in this Polish village for 10 years

The shortage of males is so bad that the mayor has offered a cash reward for the first family to have a son

Matthew Day

It was during a competition for junior firefighters that someone drew attention to the entrants from the small Polish village of Miejsce Odrzanskie. Every one of the uniformed children was a girl.

The reason is as simple as it is surprising. No boys have been born in Miejsce Odrzanskie for almost a decade, while the village’s women in the rural backwater of 300 souls have given birth to 12 girls.

The shortage of boys is so acute that the mayor has offered a cash reward for the first family to produce a son...

This article is reserved for Times Select subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Times Select content.

Times Select

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.