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Birth rate in France from 1982-2020

In 2020, the birth rate in France reached its lowest level since 1982. From 1982 to 2019, the birth rate in France has been fluctuating between more than 11 births and almost 14 births for 1,000 inhabitants. For the first time in this period, the birth rate fell below 11 in 2020. The highest birth rate in France during this period was recorded in 1986. That year there were 14.2 births per 1,000 inhabitants. Since then, the birth rate in the country keeps decreasing. If France keeps being one of the European countries with the highest fertility rate, it is still been impacted by the decline in the birth rate that affects most Western countries.

A Declining birth rate

Birth rate is the ration between the annual number of live births and the average total population over that year. In 2021, there were more than 696,900 live births in France, while the French population amounted to 67 million people. The average number of children born per women went from 2.03 in 2010, down to 1.88in 2019.

Births in France

With a crude birth rate of 10.9 births per 1,000 inhabitants in 2020, France still has one of the highest birth rates in Europe. The percentage of children born out-of-wedlock in France has been rising since the nineties, reaching 60.3 percent in 2018. Another change can be seen in the average age at childbirth among French women. In 2018, most of women in France were aged 30.6 years old at childbirth, compared to 28.8 years old in 1994.

Birth rate in France from 1982 to 2020

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Release date

March 2021



Survey time period

1982 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* provisional data. Since 2014, the demographic data includes the island of Mayotte.

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