Finland has the youngest moms among the Nordic region
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Finland has the lowest number of women giving birth at age 35 or older in the Nordic region, finds a study by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). The average age for women to have children has stopped climbing over the past decade in the Nordics, say researchers.
In 2010, one in five women having babies in Finland were over the age of 35. The average age of women giving birth in the region was 30.
Smoking during pregnancy has meanwhile decreased in all other Nordic countries except Finland, where 15 percent of pregnant women smoke – a number that has remained steady since the mid-1990s. In Sweden the corresponding figure is 7 percent.
Overall, the Nordics saw a total birthrate decline of around 13 percent in 2010 compared to the year 2000.
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