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A major demographic trend in the latter half of the 20th century, and in the early 21st century, has been postponement of childbearing. The mean age at first birth has exceeded 30 in several European Countries and the proportion of children born to women aged 40 has reached 5 percent and is increasing.


Prof. Mikko Myrskylä

Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), Germany and Professor of Social Statistics at the University of Helsinki, Finland.