In 2017, caesarean sections, in other words, the delivery of one or more babies through an incision in a mother’s abdomen and uterus, were performed at least 1.4 million times in the EU.
Caesareans were most frequent in Cyprus (54.8 % of all live births in 2017), followed by Romania (44.1%), Bulgaria (43.1%), Poland (39.3%) and Hungary (37.3%), and the least in Finland (16.5%), Sweden (16.6%), Estonia and Lithuania (both 19.4%) and France (19.7%).
For other indicators on caesareans, see the Statistics Explained article Surgical operations and procedures statistics.
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