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Danish fertility rate on the rebound

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Danish fertility rate on the rebound
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09:06 CET+01:00
The Danish birth rate has increased for the first time in four years, new figures from Statistics Denmark have revealed.
Denmark’s fertility rate climbed to 1.69 in 2014, a small increase over 2013 and the first time that year-end numbers have been up since 2010. 
 
There were significant geographical differences in fertility rate, with women in western Jutland having a fertility rate of 1.91 and Copenhagen area women at just 1.57. 
 
The highest fertility rate was among 30-year-old women, while fewer and fewer Danish women under the age of 20 are having children. The rate of under-20s giving birth is now on par with 43-year-old women, whereas 20 years ago the younger age group had a fertility rate five times as high as 43-year-olds. 
 
The numbers also showed that at the conclusion of 2014, every seventh Danish woman (13.2 percent) remains childless at the age of 50. 
 
As Denmark's birth rate has declined over recent years, the nation has tried to find solutions ranging from changing the public school system’s sex education curriculum to getting parents to pledge to have more sex in order to save public institutions.  
 
Danish fertility rates from 1974-2014 can be seen below, courtesy of Statistics Denmark. 
 
Danish fertility rates. Graph: Statistics Denmark
 
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