This is an archived release.
Six years of decline in fertility
A total of 59 100 children were born in 2015, the same as 2014. This gives a total fertility rate (TRF) for women of 1.73, a decline compared with 2014. In 2009, the total fertility rate was 1.98. Since then, the fertility rate has declined.
|Total||59 058||59 084||56 756|
|Boys||30 369||30 370||29 053|
|Girls||28 689||28 714||27 703|
|Total fertility rate|
|Age at first birth|
|Cohabitation status of mother|
|Married||25 186||25 495||27 034|
|Cohabitation||26 600||26 140||22 665|
|Single||7 272||7 449||7 057|
The total fertility rate for men was 1.56 in 2015, a slight decline compared with 2014. The total fertility rate for men has also gradually declined since 2009. In 2009, the total fertility rate for men was 1.77.
Lowest fertility in the county of Telemark
Fertility was lowest in the county of Telemark, with a total fertility rate of 1.59. Telemark also had the largest decline in fertility. The fertility rate was also low in Oslo and Hedmark, at 1.61.As last year, Rogaland had the highest fertility rate, with 1.87. Nord-Trøndelag had a fertility rate of 1.86.
Age of birth is increasing
In 2015, the mean age at the birth of a woman’s first child was 28.9 years. In 2014, it was 28.7. In the last twelve years, the mean age at the birth of a first child has increased by one year. In 1990, women’s mean age at their first child’s birth was 25.5 years.
Fewer women with many children
The percentage of women giving birth to three children or more has declined. Among the women who were aged 45 years in 2015, 30.7 per cent have given birth to three children or more. Ten years ago this share was 34.8 per cent.
Increased share of multiple births
Of the 58 200 births in 2015, 956 sets of twins and 12 sets of triplets were born, which corresponds to 16.6 multiple births per 1 000 births. This is an increase of 0.6 compared to 2014.
Decline in late foetal deaths
Following several years of decline, the number of late foetal deaths increased in 2014. In 2015, the number of late foetal deaths again decreased. A total of 162 late foetal deaths were registered in 2015, the lowest number ever in Norway. This corresponds to 2.7 late foetal deaths per 1 000 births.