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Over 5.1 million babies born in 2014

Mar 15, 2016 | News

(15 March 2016) – In 2014, 5.132 million babies were born in the European Union, compared with 5.063 million in 2001. Women first became mothers at almost 29 on average.

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Among Member States, France continued to record the highest number of births (819 300 in 2014), ahead of the United Kingdom (775 900), Germany (714 900), Italy (502 600), Spain (426 100) and Poland (375 200).

On average in the EU, women who gave birth to their first child in 2014 were aged nearly 29 (28.8 years). Across Member States, first time mothers were the youngest in Bulgaria and the oldest in Italy.

Overall, the fertility rate in the EU increased from 1.46 in 2001 to 1.58 in 2014. It varied between Member States from 1.23 in Portugal to 2.01 in France in 2014.

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