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Increase primarily among people in their thirties
In the first nine months of 2021, the year-on-year birth rate increase was especially seen among people in their thirties. In 2020, 127 children were born per thousand women aged 30-34; in 2021 this number is expected to reach 135. Women aged 25-29 also had more babies in 2021. A declining trend instead was recorded as of 2010 among women aged 25-34.
On the other hand, women under 25 had fewer babies, i.e. the previous decline in births continued in this age group.
|40 yrs and over||6.67||7.09||7.37||7.62|
Not only more first-borns
Based on the first nine months of this year, the number of first-born children per thousand women aged 15-49 is estimated at slightly under 22, against slightly over 20 first-born children in this group last year. Especially women aged 30-34 had more first-born children.
Not only the total number of first-borns was up year-on-year, there were also more second-borns and third-borns. Relatively the largest increase was in third-borns.
|4th and consecutive||2.39||2.39||2.38||2.47|
Increasing birth rate a European exception
Provisional figures on 2021 are available from a number of European countries up to the month of August. In most of these countries, the total number of live births was either roughly equal to or lower than one year previously. Only in Finland were there clearly more live births year-on-year, just as in the Netherlands. Unlike in the Netherlands, however, the number of births in that country was already up on one year previously in 2020.
Several European countries including Spain and France recorded strong declines at the beginning of this year. Birth rates increased again in most European countries over the months of February, March and April. The birth rate over all months up to August inclusive still lags behind the previous year in some countries. Sweden and Germany, for example, have seen birth rates go up again after initial declines at the beginning of the year.
|1) Germany: January-July incl.
* Provisional figures
Source of original article: Statistics Netherlands (CBS) (www.cbs.nl).
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