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Women are having their first child at an older age

18/03/2019

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The mean age of women in the European Union (EU) on giving birth to their first child has gradually increased from 28.7 in 2013 to 29.1 in 2017. The mean age has increased in all EU Member States over this period, though to varying degrees.

The largest change was in Estonia, where the mean age increased by 1.2 years, from 26.5 in 2013 to 27.7 in 2017. Over the same period there was little change in Czechia (up 0.1 years), Slovakia and Sweden (both up 0.2 years).

The Member States with the highest mean ages of women at birth of their first child in 2017 were Italy (31.1 years old), Spain (30.9) and Luxembourg (30.8). In contrast, in three Member States the mean ages at which women had their first child were below 27: Bulgaria (26.1), Romania (26.5) and Latvia (26.9).

Ranked bar chart of mean age of women at birth of first child, 2017

The source data set is here.

 

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