Tuesday - 20 March 2007
Live births in Iceland were 4,280 in 2005. Total fertility rate was 2.1 which is higher than in most other European countries. Turkey is the only country in Europe with higher total fertility rate than Iceland. The total fertility rate has remained relatively stable in Iceland since the mid 1990s.
In recent decades Iceland has experienced pronounced increase in the age of mothers at childbirth. In the late 1970s the mean age of primparas was 21.3 as compared to 26,4 in 2006. During this period, age-specific fertility in the age groups under 25 has declined considerably whereas fertility in all age groups above 30 has increased.
The share of extra-marital births is higher in Iceland than in any other country of Europe and in 2006 two thirds of all children were born out of wedlock. The majority of these children were born to parents cohabiting and only 14.1 per cent of all mothers were not living with the child’s father. The share of extra-marital births is considerably higher in the case of first births than with children of higher parity.