Dutch teen pregnancy rate among lowest in the world

The number of Dutch teenage mothers is unprecedentedly low according figures released by Statistics Netherlands.

Last year, 2.2 thousand girls under the age of 20 gave birth, i.e. less than 1.5 percent of all births registered in the Netherlands. The number of teenage births has never been this low. Teenage births still frequently occur among Antillean and Surinamese girls.

Since 2011, fewer than 5 per thousand 15 to 19-year-old girls give birth. With 4.5 thousand, last year’s teenage birth rate was the lowest ever recorded by Statistics Netherlands. Around 1970, the teenage birth rate was still nearly five times as high.

One of the lowest birth rates in the world
The birth rate among teenagers in the Netherlands is one of the lowest in the world. In Europe, only Switzerland and Denmark have lower rates. The low rate is predominantly due to pregnancy prevention. Abortion rates in Switzerland and the Netherlands are relatively low. In Denmark, abortions among teenage girls are much more frequent. The highest birth rates are found in Bulgaria and Romania and the United Kingdom.

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