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Opinions on the main reasons for having children in Germany in 2017, by gender

The main reason for women in Germany for having children was the possibility of living as part of a family even after being separated from their partner. The main reason for men is the opportunity of being able to pass on one's own values and opinions. This statistic shows the results of a survey conducted in Germany in 2017.

What are the most important reasons for having children?

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Release date

May 2017



Survey time period

April 2017

Number of respondents

1,029 respondents

Age group

18-64 years

Special properties

of those 731 respondents who are in a relationship

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

The question was asked as follows: "Independent of whether you already have children or (still) desire to have them: what, in your opinion, are the main reasons for having children?"

It was possible to name up to three reasons.

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