Denmark in figures 2014 - page 6

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Families and average life
expectancy
Danes have children at a relatively high age. Danish
women are, on average, 29 years old when they give
birth to their first child. This is an increase of 5 and a
half years since 1970 when women were almost 24
years old when giving birth for the first time.
Women’s fertility has an impact on the growth of the
population. Every woman of fertile age is to give birth
to 2.1 children, on average, for the population to re-
produce itself, provided that immigration and emi-
gration counterbalance each other. From 1970 to
2013, the fertility was between 2.0 and 1.7.
Danes live on average more than six years longer to-
day than in 1970. Today’s average life expectancy is
81.9 years for women and 78.0 years for men. At the
beginning of the 1900s, average life expectancy was
almost 53 years for men and 56 years for women.
Danish men and women are also older before they
marry. In 1971, 87 per cent of all 30-year-old women
were married, while this is true of only 38 per cent of
the women at that age today. Men are, on average, 35
years old and women 32 years when they marry for
the first time. Although Danes marry at a more ma-
ture age, this does not necessarily make the marriage
more permanent. 2004 holds the divorce record with
15,774 divorced couples. In 2012, there were 15,709
divorces.
Age-related fertility
Fertility. 1980-2012
1,2
1,3
1,4
1,5
1,6
1,7
1,8
1,9
2,0
1980
1985
1990
1995
2000
2005
2010
2015
Fetility per w oman
an
d
Key indicators on the Danish population
Unit
1970
1980
1990
2000
2012
Average life expectancy
Men
years
70.8
71.2
72.0
74.3
77.9
Women
-
75.7
77.3
77.7
79.0
81.9
Total fertility
per woman
2.0
1.5
1.7
1.8
1.7
Mother’s average age
age
23.7
24.6
26.4
28.1
29.1
at first child
Marriages
per 1 000
inhabitants
7.4
5.2
6.1
7.2
5.1
Divorces
1.9
2.7
2.7
2.7
2.8
Most popular name
Girls
first name Marianne
Mette
Camilla
Julie
Sofia
Boys
(new-born)
Henrik
Martin Christian
Mathias
William
an
DID YOU KNOW THAT
age is no barrier to love. In 2012,
the oldest bride was 92 years old.
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TOTAL FERTILITY
The average number of children that a woman
gives birth to during the fertility age between
15 – 49 years.
AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY
Average length of life based on mortality rates in
a given period.
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