According to a Eurostat report, the European fertility rates in 2008 was 1.61 children per woman. Later, with the eruption of the economic crisis, the figure could only worsen, falling to 1.58 in 2012. The situation is not the same everywhere, however: France and Ireland exhibit significant rates (both with 2.01), but one swallow does not make a summer, and to prove it are the Spanish (1.32), Portuguese (1.28) and Polish cases (1.30). Furthermore, the age at which women had children was increasingly postponed between 1995 and 2013. A typical case is Spain and Italy, where women gave birth for the first time after age thirty, closely followed by Greece, at 29.9 years. In central European countries like the Czech Republic and Hungary, the age has increased by an average of 4 years; German and Dutch women also arrive late at the delivery room, aged 29.3 and 29.4 years old, respectively.
European fertility rates and the age at which women were having children worsen
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