06/17/2011 12:49 pm ET Updated Nov 15, 2011

Ragunda, Sweden, Mulling Fertility Treatments For New Residents

A Swedish town wants to boost its population in a big way, and one solution may be offering helping to cover the costs of fertility treatments or adoption to new residents.

Ragunda, a rural town of 5,600 in northwestern Sweden, is desperate to boost its dwindling population, reports.

It’s a scheme that has been tried in other small Swedish communities, but the verdict is still out on its effectiveness since nearly 383,000 people have moved from small towns like Ragunda to big cities to Stockholm from small towns since 2005 -- a big deal in a country with 9.3 million citizens.

Ragunda officials are considering other options besides IVF, including reaching out to Thailand since the city has a Thai pavilion that was built there to commemorate a visit by Thai king Chulalongkorn in 1897.

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