Fertility is high and stable
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Fertility is high and stable

58 500 children were born in Norway in 2007. The total fertility rate was 1.90 children per woman, which is the same level as in 2006. Norway is still among the European countries with the highest fertility rate.

Mothers mean age at first births. 1987-2007

Total fertility rate 1970-2007

30 000 boys and 28 500 girls were born in Norway in 2007. Sogn og Fjordane and Rogaland are the counties with the highest fertility rates (TFR) with 2,09 and 2,08 children per woman respectively. The counties of Oppland and Hedmark have the lowest TFR with 1,73 and 1,74 children per woman respectively.

No change in the mother’s age at first birth

In 2007 the average age for women giving birth for the first time was 28.1 years. This figure has been stable for the last three years. In the 1990's, the average age for women giving birth for the first time increased, but it now seems to have stabilized. If we consider all births, the parent’s average age was 30.3 years for women and 33.4 years for men. Women aged 30-34 had the highest fertility rate with 123.2 children per 1 000 women. The fertility rate for women aged 25-29 was 122.3 children per 1 000 women. For women aged 30-39, fertility has increased in the last five years.

Live births per 1000 women

Live births by cohabitation status and part of the country

45 per cent of children born in 2007 had married parents, 42 per cent1 had parents living in cohabitation and 13 per cent1 had a single mother. The counties of Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder and Rogaland have the largest share of children with married parents with 53 per cent1. Trøndelag has the largest share of children with parents living in cohabitation, also 55 per cent. Northern Norway has the largest share of children born by single mothers with 21 per cent1.

More childless men than women

The share of men without children was larger than the corresponding figure for women in 2007. Of all 45 year old women, 12.0 per cent had no children. The corresponding figure for men was 20.5 per cent. In 1990, 9.0 per cent of the women and 13.3 per cent of the men aged 45 were childless. This means that childlessness has increased with 3.0 percentage points for women and 7.2 percentage points for men in the last 17 years.


1The numbers has been changed, 17. 04. 2013.

Proportion of childless