Number of single mothers in Denmark 2015-2020, by number of children

In Denmark, the number of single mothers decreased slightly from 2015 to 2020. After peaking at nearly 118.2 thousand single mothers in 2015, the number amounted to approximately 114.1 thousand single mothers in 2020. Among these women, most were mothers of one child, reaching a number of around 65.4 thousand. 37 Danish women were single mothers of seven children or even more.

Status of fathers 

  As of January 2020, most children living with single mothers had a father, who was still alive. By comparison, the number of children with a deceased father was very low. In this year, around 12 thousand 10-year-old children lived with a single mother. Almost 10.9 thousand of these children had one father, while the fathers of 295 children were dead. Additionally, 784 kids did not know their fathers.

 Single fathers

   In the period from 2010 to 2020, the number of single fathers in Denmark generally increased. By the end of this period, there were nearly 13.7 thousand single fathers with children recorded. Most single fathers, reaching a number of about 9.8 thousand, had one child, while only two single fathers had seven children or more.

Number of single mothers in Denmark from 2015 to 2020, by number of children

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2015 to 2020

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