EUROPE: Cyprus has third lowest fertility rate in the EU

Cyprus has the third lowest fertility rate in the EU with 1.32 births while the total fertility rate in the EU stood at 1.59 births per mother in 2017 from 1.60 the year before.

The highest total fertility rate since the start of comparable time series was in 2010 when it reached 1.62, still below the EU replacement level, which is considered to be 2.1 live births per woman.

Among the 5.075 million births, 45% concerned a first child, 36% a second child and 19% a third or subsequent child.

Total fertility rate was highest in France (1.90 births per woman), followed by Sweden (1.78), Ireland (1.77), Denmark (1.75) and the United Kingdom (1.74).

Conversely, the lowest fertility rates were observed in Malta (1.26 births), Spain (1.31), Italy and Cyprus (both 1.32), Greece (1.35), Portugal (1.38), and Luxembourg (1.39).

In Cyprus 9,229 babies were born in 2017, 46.6% were “first children”, 36.9% second, 12.7% third and 3.8% fourth and subsequent.

Out of the 4,254 first born in Cyprus, 2.9% were born to mothers under 20 years old, 49.9% to mothers between 20-29, 44.5% to mothers 30-39 and 2.7% to mothers 40 and over.

In Greece 88,553 babies were born, 47.7% first children, 38.4% second, 10.3% third and 3.6% fourth or subsequent.

On average in the EU, women who gave birth to their first child in 2017 were 29.1 years old. Over five years, the mean age has gradually increased from 28.7 in 2013 to 29.1 in 2017.

Almost 5% of births of first children in the EU in 2017 were to teenage women and around 3% to women aged 40 and over.

The lowest mean age for the first childbirth was recorded in Bulgaria (26.1 years), followed by Romania (26.5), Latvia (26.9), Slovakia (27.1), Poland (27.3), Lithuania (27.5) and Estonia (27.7).

In contrast, the mother’s age for the first childbirth was above 30 in Italy (31.1 years), Spain (30.9), Luxembourg (30.8), Greece (30.4) and Ireland (30.3).

The highest shares of births of a first child to teenage mothers were recorded in Romania (13.9% of total births) and Bulgaria (13.8%), ahead of Hungary (9.9%), Slovakia (9.5%), Latvia (6.7%) and the United Kingdom (6.1%).

On the other hand, the lowest shares were observed in Denmark (1.5%), Italy and Slovenia (both 1.6%), the Netherlands (1.7%), Luxembourg (1.9%) and Sweden (2.0%).

The highest proportions of births of a first child to women aged 40 and over were registered in Spain (7.4%) and Italy (7.3%), followed by Greece (5.6%), Luxembourg (4.9%), Ireland (4.8%) and Portugal (4.3%).

In the EU, 81.5% of births were first or second children, while births of third children accounted for 12.5% of the total, and fourth or subsequent children accounted for 6.0% in 2017.

Across the EU Member States, the highest share of mothers giving birth to their fourth or subsequent children was recorded in Finland (10.3%), followed by Ireland (9.0%), the United Kingdom (8.8%), Slovakia (8.1%), and Belgium (8%).

Source: The Financial Mirror