Birth; key figures

Birth; key figures

Periods Live born children Total live born children (number) Live born children Crude birth rate (per 1,000 inhabitants) Stillborn children by duration of pre... Stillborn children (24+) (number) Stillborn children by duration of pre... Stillborn children (28+) (number) Confinements: single and multiple Single confinements (number) Confinements: single and multiple Multiple confinements Total multiple confinements (number) Average age of the mother At 1st birth (year) Average age of the father At 1st birth from the mother (year)
1950 229,718 22.7 . 4,511 228,383 2,908 26.4 .
1960 239,128 20.8 . 3,618 236,763 2,978 25.6 .
1970 238,912 18.3 . 2,588 236,716 2,383 24.3 .
1980 181,294 12.8 . 1,205 178,565 1,952 25.6 .
1990 197,965 13.2 . 1,139 193,363 2,808 27.5 .
2000 206,619 13.0 1,253 1,000 200,172 3,718 29.1 32.0
2010 184,397 11.1 648 490 178,819 3,018 29.4 32.4
2019 169,680 9.8 512 405 165,112 2,476 30.0 32.8
Source: CBS.
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Table description


Key figures on fertility, live and stillborn children and multiple births among inhabitants of The Netherlands.

Available selections:
- Live born children by sex;
- Live born children by age of the mother (31 December), in groups;
- Live born children by birth order from the mother;
- Live born children by marital status of the mother;
- Live born children by migration background of the mother;
- Stillborn children by duration of pregnancy;
- Births: single and multiple;
- Average number of children per female;
- Average number of children per male;
- Average age of the mother at childbirth by birth order from the mother;
- Average age of the father at childbirth by birth order from the mother.

Data available from: 1950
Most of the data is available of 1950 with the exception of the live born children by migration background of the mother (from 1996), stillborn children by duration of pregnancy (24+) (from 1991), average number of children per male (from 1996) and the average age of the father at childbirth (from 1996).

Status of the figures:
All data recorded in this publication are final data.

Changes per 17 August 2020:
Data of 2019 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
In the third quarter of 2021 final figures of 2020 will be published in this publication.

Description topics

Live born children
Live born child:
A baby showing some sign of life after birth, regardless of the duration of pregnancy.

Lesbian parenthood:
The law on lesbian parenthood came into effect on 1 April 2014. From April 2014 onwards the female partner of the biological mother may become the legal parent of the child without a legal adoption procedure. The same data for both mothers are available in the municipal population register.
Statistics Netherlands does not have information about which of the mothers is the biological mother. To obtain data about, for example, the age, number of children and ethnic background of the mother, Statistics Netherlands selects one of the mothers at random.
Lesbian parenthood occurs in less than 0.2% of all births.
Total live born children
Crude birth rate
Live born children per thousand of the average number of inhabitants.
Stillborn children by duration of pre...
Stillborn children by duration of pregnancy.

Stillborn child:
Baby born after a pregnancy lasting at least 24 weeks (prior to 1 July 1991 this was 28 weeks) who showed no sign of life after birth such as breathing, activity of the heart or muscles.

Lesbian parenthood:
The law on lesbian parenthood came into effect on 1 April 2014. From April 2014 onwards the female partner of the biological mother may become the legal parent of the child without a legal adoption procedure. The same data for both mothers are available in the municipal population register.
Statistics Netherlands does not have information about which of the mothers is the biological mother. To obtain data about, for example, the age, number of children and ethnic background of the mother, Statistics Netherlands selects one of the mothers at random.
Lesbian parenthood occurs in less than 0.2% of all births.
Stillborn children (24+)
Stillborn children after a pregnancy of at least 24 weeks.
Available from 1991.
Stillborn children (28+)
Stillborn children after a pregnancy of at least 28 weeks.
Confinements: single and multiple
Deliveries after a pregnancy lasting at least 28 weeks irrespective of viability of child.

Lesbian parenthood:
The law on lesbian parenthood came into effect on 1 April 2014. From April 2014 onwards the female partner of the biological mother may become the legal parent of the child without a legal adoption procedure. The same data for both mothers are available in the municipal population register.
Statistics Netherlands does not have information about which of the mothers is the biological mother. To obtain data about, for example, the age, number of children and ethnic background of the mother, Statistics Netherlands selects one of the mothers at random.
Lesbian parenthood occurs in less than 0.2% of all births.
Single confinements
Deliveries of one child.
Multiple confinements
Deliveries of two or more children out of the same pregnancy.
Total multiple confinements
Average age of the mother
Average age of the mother at childbirth.

Average age:
The arithmetic mean of all ages.

Age mother:
The number of whole years that have passed between the mother's date of birth and 31 December of the year of birth of her child.

At 1st birth
Average age of the mother at childbirth, first live born children from the mother.

Live born child:
A baby showing some sign of life after birth, regardless of the duration of pregnancy.
Average age of the father
Average age of the father at childbirth.

Available from 1996.

Average age:
The arithmetic mean of all ages.
Ages of unknown fathers are estimates.

Age father:
The number of whole years that have passed between the father's date of birth and 31 December of the year of birth of his child.
Ages of unknown fathers are estimates.
At 1st birth from the mother
Average age of the father at childbirth for all live born first children from the mother.

Live born child:
A baby showing some sign of life after birth, regardless of the duration of pregnancy.