Fewer Births, Fertility Rate Drops in Iceland

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Fewer Births, Fertility Rate Drops in Iceland

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A total of 4,326 live births were reported in Iceland last year, a decline from 2012 when 4,533 babies were born in the country. In 2013, 2,129 boys and 2,197 girls were born, or 969 boys to every 1,000 girls, as reported by Statistics Iceland.

Most babies were born to parents living in Reykjavík, 1,719, followed by Hafnarfjörður, 374. Most births in 2013 occurred in August, 402, and the fewest in December, 337. Two thirds of children were born out of wedlock.

The fertility rate—measured as the average number of children to each woman—continues to decline in Iceland. In 2013 the rate was 1.93, dropping to fewer than two children per woman for the first time. In 2012, the rate was 2.04.

The fertility rate peaked in the late 1950s and early 1960s when the average woman had more than four children, 4.24 in 1959 and 4.27 in 1960.

The age of mothers is also increasing. In 2013, the average age of first-time mothers was 27.3 years, up from less than 22 in the 1970s. The mean age of mothers was 30.2 years in 2013.

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