Table 12. Trend in mean age of women at birth of first child, selected European countries, 1975-1995 or most recent year

Country or area 1975 1985 1995 1975-1985 1985-1995
Eastern Europe
Bulgaria 22.0 21.9 21.3a - -
Czech Republic 22.5 22.4 22.9b - +
Hungary 22.4c 22.6 22.7b + +
Poland 22.7 23.3 22.7b + -
Romania 22.2 22.4 22.7 + +
Slovakia 22.0 22.3 22.1b + -
Northern Europe
Denmark 24.0 25.5 27.3b + +
Estonia 23.6 23.2 22.9d - -
Finland 24.7 26.1 27.4b + +
Iceland 21.8 23.1 25.0 + +
Ireland 24.8 25.6 27.0 + +
Latvia 22.9c 23.0 23.0 + 0
Norway 24.2 26.1 26.3b + +
Sweden 24.5 26.1 27.2b + +
United Kingdome 24.1 24.8 26.5b + +
Southern Europe
Bosnia and Herzegovina 22.4 23.3 23.6f + +
Croatia 22.3 23.3 24.8b + +
Greece 23.6 23.7 26.2 + +
Italy 24.7 25.9 27.5b + +
Portugal 24.0 23.8 25.6 - +
Slovenia 22.8 23.2 24.8b + +
Spain 24.5 25.4 27.2g + +
Western Europe
Austria 24.0 25.1 25.9b + +
Belgium 24.2 25.5 26.4f + +
France 24.2 25.9 27.6a + +
German Dem. Rep. 22.5 22.3 26.6b - +
Germany, Fed. Rep. of 24.8 26.2 27.9b + +
Germany .. 26.9d 27.8b .. +
Netherlands 25.0 26.5 28.8 + +
Switzerland 25.7 27.0 28.3b + +

Source: Council of Europe. Recent Demographic Developments in Europe 1996, table 3.4, p. 47. Council of Europe Publishing, Strasbourg, 1996.
aRefers to 1993.
bRefers to 1994.
cRefers to 1980.
dRefers to 1991.
eData are for England and Wales only
fRefers to 1990.
gRefers to 1992.
Note: A minus sign (-) indicates a decline; A plus sign (+) indicates an increase; zero indicates no change.
Two dots (..) indicate that data are not available.