In 2015, birth rates in the Baltic states kept increasing

02.08.2016

Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) informs that in 2015 number of births grew in all three Baltic states.  Compared to 2014, in 2015 the greatest increase in the number of newborn was registered in Lithuania – of 1 106 newborn or 3.6 %, whereas in Estonia the increase accounted for 356 newborn or 2.6 % and in Latvia – for 233 newborn or 1.1 %.

Number of live births in 2011–2015

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Latvia

18 825

19 897

20 596

21 746

21 979

Lithuania

30 268

30 459

29 885

30 369

31 475

Estonia

14 679

14 056

13 531

13 551

13 907

 

In 2015, total fertility rate (the average number of children that would be born to a woman during her lifetime provided that the birth rate of the given year remains at the previous level) in Latvia grew and was the highest among the Baltic states – 1.71 *. Last year, total fertility rate in Estonia rose slightly and accounted for 1.58, while in Lithuania it constituted 1.70. Similarly to other European Union countries where in 2014 total fertility rate increased and accounted only for 1.58 on average, also in the Baltic states it still was too low for normal generation replacement. The highest total fertility rate was recorded in France (2.01), while the lowest – in Portugal (1.23).

The highest birth rates in the Baltic states were registered in 1986–1987 when twice as many babies were born as today. During these years, total fertility rate in Latvia accounted for 2.2, in Lithuania – for 2.1, and in Estonia – for 2.3, ensuring normal generation replacement.

Total fertility rate in 2005–2015

In 2015, the share of babies born outside marriage fell in all three Baltic states. The smallest share of such babies was registered in Lithuania – only 27.7 %, whereas in Latvia 41.5 % of babies were born in families that have not registered their marriage officially, and in Estonia – 58.0 %.

The average age of mother at childbirth kept increasing in 2015. The indicator in Latvia constituted 29.8 years (27.0 years at first childbirth), in Estonia - 29.9 years (26.1 years at first childbirth), in Lithuania - 29.5 years (27.1 years at the childbirth).

Data on the key fertility indicators in 2015 are available in the CSB database section Population: Fertility.

Estonian vital statistics is available in the Statistics Estonia database: http://pub.stat.ee/px-web.2001/I_Databas/Population/01Population_indicators_and_composition/02Main_demographic_indicators/02Main_demographic_indicators.asp

Lithuanian vital statistics is available in the Statistics Lithuania database: http://www.osp.stat.gov.lt/en/web/guest/temines-lenteles19;jsessionid=ADD62A23C57A292786EF9414F0445C95

* Average age of mother at first childbirth and total fertility rate on the time period starting from 2000 are recalculated basing on the age of the mother at the first childbirth in full years.

 

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Sigita Šulca
Population Statistics Section
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