Table 11. Trend in mean age of women at child bearing and direction of change, 1975-1996 or most recent year

Country or area 1975 1996 Direction of
change
1975 to 1996 or
most recent year
Asia
Eastern Asia
Chinaa 29.1 26.3 -
Hong Konga 28.9 29.5 +
Japana 27.4 29.3 +
Macaub 29.0 29.0 0
Rep. of Koreaa 28.4 27.9 -
South-eastern Asia
Singaporec 28.3 29.8 +
Western Asia
Armeniac 26.8 24.8 -
Cyprus 27.2 28.1 +
Georgiad 26.9 25.1 -
Europe
Eastern Europe
Belarusc 26.9 24.9 -
Bulgaria 24.5 24.3 -
Czech Republic 25.1 26.1 +
Hungary 25.3 26.5 +
Poland 26.8 27.0 +
Rep. of Moldovae 27.4 24.8 -
Romania 26.0 25.2 -
Russian Federatione 26.4 24.8 -
Slovakia 25.9 25.9 0
Ukrainec 26.1 24.4 -
Northern Europe
Denmarkc 26.4 29.2 +
Estonia 26.2 25.9 -
Finland 27.0 29.4 +
Iceland 27.0 28.8 +
Ireland 29.7 30.3 +
Latvia 26.7 26.0 -
Lithuania 27.4 25.8 -
Norway 26.4 28.9 +
Sweden 26.7 29.4 +
United Kingdom 26.5 28.3 +
Southern Europe
Bosnia and Herzegovinaf 27.0 26.0 -
Croatiac 25.7 27.2 +
Greece 27.1 28.2 +
Italya 27.6 29.6 +
Malta 28.3 29.0 +
Portugal 28.3 28.2 -
Slovenia 25.8 27.4 +
Spainc 28.8 29.7 +
Yugoslaviac 26.2 26.7 +
Western Europe
Austria 26.3 27.8 +
Belgiumc 27.1 28.5 +
Francea 27.2 29.3 +
German Dem. Rep.c 25.8 27.0 +
Germany, Fed. Rep. ofc 27.3 29.1 +
Germanyg 28.2 28.8 +
Luxembourg 27.1 29.2 +
Netherlands 27.9 30.6 +
Switzerland 28.0 30.0 +
Latin America and the Caribbean
Caribbean
Bahamasd 27.3 27.5 +
Barbadosh 26.6 26.8 +
Cubai 24.6 25.3 +
Martiniquej 28.5 28.6 +
Trinidad and Tobagok 27.4 27.2 -
Northern America
Canadak 26.7 28.0 +
United States of Americaa 25.8 26.6 +
Oceania
Australiaa 26.7 28.8 +
New Zealandc 26.2 28.4 +

Source: Computed from table 8.
aRefers to the period 1975-1994.
bRefers to the period 1981-1995.
cRefers to the period 1975-1995.
dRefers to the period 1975-1992.
eRefers to the period 1974/75-1995.
f Refers to the period 1975-1990.
gRefers to the period 1990-1995.
hRefers to the period 1976-1988.
iRefers to the period 1980-1991.
jRefers to the period 1974-1992.
kRefers to the period 1975-1993

Note: A minus sign (-) indicates a decline; a plus sign (+) indicates an increase; zero (0) indicates no change.