Monday 4/12/21
MATERNITY

29.4 years, mean age for women in Finland to have first child

Age of women at the first childbirth ranges from 26.3 in Bulgaria to 31.3 in Italy.

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Women in Finland give birth to their first child at the average age of 29.4. This age corresponds exactly to the average of the European Union (EU).

According to the latest figures published by the statistical office of the European Union (Eurostat), the mean age of women in the EU on giving birth to their first child is gradually increasing and stood at 29.4 years in 2019. 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 year, from 27.2 years in 2015 to 28.2 years in 2019, followed by Lithuania and Luxembourg (both +0.9 years). Over the same period, the smallest changes were recorded in Slovakia (+0.1 years) and Slovenia (+0.2).

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Moderate increase in Finland

In Finland the change has been a moderate increase, since in 2015 the average age to give birth to the first child was 28.8 years.

This information comes from Eurostat's latest data on births and fertility.

In 2019, the mother’s age at the first childbirth was above 31 in three EU Member States: Italy (31.3 years), Spain and Luxembourg (both 31.1 years).

In contrast, in two Member States the mean ages at which women had their first child were below 27 years: Bulgaria (26.3 years) and Romania (26.9 years).

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