There were 4,452 live births in Iceland in 2019. The number of boys was 2,267 and the number of girls 2,185, i.e. 1,038 boys for every 1,000 girls. This is an increase in the number of births from the previous year when 4,228 children were born.
The total fertility rate was 1.75, compared with 1.71 in 2018, when the fertility rate was lower than ever before. The total fertility rate peaked during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The total fertility rate for the years 1960 and 1959 was 4.27 and 4.24, respectively.
Age-specific fertility rate
The age of mothers at the birth of a child has increased in recent decades. The mean age of primiparas in 2019 was 28.6 years, compared with less than 22 years in the 1970s. For the first time since 1932 age-specific fertility rate is highest among women aged 30 to 34. Women in that age group had 111.9 children per 1,000 women in 2019.