Motherhood comes later for German women
German women are having children at a much later age than today they did 40 years ago, according to details of a survey released.
18th December 2007
The figures showed a woman was 26 when she had her first child. In the 1960s the average age was 23, the Federal Office of Statistics said.
The study of 12,500 women showed that one-in-five women between the ages of 40 and 49 was childless. Ten years ago it was just 16 per cent, the statistics office said.
The survey showed more better-educated women were childless than those who left school at 16. For those in the 40-75 age bracket with a degree or equivalent one-in-five was childless compared with one- in-seven for the less-educated.
Last week, the statistics office reported a 1 per cent rise in births during the first 9 months of 2007 - the first increase in a decade.
But it was unclear if the increase would be able to stop the population shrinking in a country of 82.3 million where deaths have outstripped births every year since 2003.
German women give birth to an average of 1.36 children in their lifetime.
Subject: German news