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Mother's Day

A little more than 672,600 mothers in Slovenia on 1 January 2018

In 2017, 19,882 women gave birth in Slovenia, among them 9,268 gave birth for the first time. The mean age of women at birth was 30.9 years or 29.4 years at first birth respectively.

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The day dedicated to all mothers
Mother's Day is the day dedicated to all mothers. The habit of celebrating this day came to Europe from the United States after World War II. In Slovenia it became important after 1991. The date of celebration varies from country to country; in Slovenia it is celebrated on 25 March. 

On 1 January 2018 a little more than 672,600 mothers in Slovenia
In 2017, 19,882 women gave birth, 80 fewer than in 2016 and approximately the same as 25 years ago; 9,268 women gave birth for the first time, almost 400 fewer than in 2016 and approximately as many as 12 years ago. In 2017, 20,241 children were born, 50% fewer than in the mid-1960s or 1970s.

In other words, in 2017 the total fertility rate, expressed as the average number of live births per woman in childbearing age (15–49 years) in a calendar year, was 1.62 or the same as 30 years ago. For comparison, this rate in 1950 was 3.0. The total fertility rate was declining the most after 1980, when in ten years it fell from 2.1 to 1.5 and reached the lowest value in 2003 (1.20). Since 2003 it has been gradually increasing.

According to Eurostat data, the total fertility rate in 2017 was the lowest in Malta (1.26) and Spain (1.31), and the highest in France (1.90) and Sweden (1.78). In Slovenia it was 1.62, slightly above the EU average (1.59). 

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By reducing the total fertility rate, the mean age of women at birth was also changing: first it decreased and then it increased.

Young mothers are the exception rather than the rule
In 2017 the mean age of women at birth was 30.9 years or 29.4 years at first birth respectively.

At the end of the 19th century the mean age of women at birth was 32 years. It was falling until the end of the 1970s, when it reached the lowest value of 25.3 years. Since then it has been growing. The same movement was also recorded with the age of women at first birth. The lowest value (22.7 years) was recorded in the mid-1970s; since then it has also been growing. 

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More and more mothers, fewer and fewer children
At the beginning of 2018, 3 out of 4 women aged 15 or more were mothers. Among them more than half gave birth to two children, one in five gave birth to one child, 15% to three children and 5% to four or more children. On average one in four has not (yet) experienced motherhood.

However, it was not always that way. According to population census data from 70 years ago, 45% of women aged 15 or more did not give birth. But those who did gave birth to more children: 43% of mothers gave birth to four or more children, one in four gave birth to one child, 19% to two children and 15% to three children.

Over the decades the share of women who did not give birth declined, but so did the share of women who gave birth to four or more children. In 70 years this share fell to the eighth of the value from 1948. On the other hand, the share of women who gave birth to two children increased; in 1948 one in five women gave birth to two children and in 2018 almost three times more. 



Employment rate of mothers in Slovenia among the highest in the EU
According to Eurostat data for 2017, the employment rate of mothers in Slovenia aged 25–54 years was among the top three in the EU.

The employment rate of mothers aged 25–54 years with one child was 84% or 10 percentage points above the EU-28 average, with two children 88% or 15 percentage points above the EU-28 average and with three or more children a little bit more than 80% or 23 percentage points above the EU-28 average. 
 
 

 

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