Germany's birth rate for the first time in 33 years with 1.5 children per woman
The birth rate in Germany has risen to 1.5 children per woman for the first time since 1982. The average age of mothers at birth was 31 years last year.
1.5 children per woman
For the first time in 33 years, the birth rate in Germany has risen to 1.5 children per woman. "According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), a similarly high value was last proven in 1982 for the area of today's Germany with 1.51 children per woman", says a statement. "The positive development that has been observed since 2012 has continued," the office said. In 2014 the birth rate was 1.47.
Increase particularly due to women with foreign citizenship
However, the increase in 2015 was only half as strong as in the previous year. Especially for women with German citizenship, the birth rate increased only slightly from 1.42 children per woman in 2014 to 1.43 children per woman in 2015.
"For women with foreign nationality, on the other hand, it rose significantly from 1.86 to 1.95 children per woman and thus contributed significantly to the increase in the combined birth rate of all women," write the experts.
The Federal Office also recently reported that the proportion of Caesarean section births declined slightly. A trend reversal may be emerging here, which in turn leads to a higher proportion of natural births, as experts have long been demanding.
The birth rate has dropped in two federal states
In two federal states (Brandenburg and Lower Saxony), the birth rate fell “slightly” in 2015. It remained unchanged in Berlin and increased in the remaining 13 countries. In the eastern German states it was higher with 1.56 children per woman than in western Germany (1.50).
The country with the highest combined birth rate of 1.59 children per woman was therefore Saxony. Saarland had the lowest birth rate of 1.38 children per woman.
The average age of the mothers was 31 years
As the Federal Statistical Office further reports, the average age of the mothers when the child was born in 2015, at 31, was just under a month higher than in 2014. According to Destatis, the mothers of the firstborn were on average 29 years and 7 months old in 2015. The mothers of the second and third children were almost 32 and 33 years old, respectively. (ad)