Fertility rates indicate the number of children that 1,000 women have had in a given year. This makes comparison of the figures over the years more reliable, as the number of newborn children is shown in proportion to the number of women in the same age bracket.
Total fertility indicates the number of liveborn children that 1,000 women will give birth to during their childbearing age of 15-49, if:
1) none of the 1,000 women die before the age of 50.
2) in each age bracket, they give birth to exactly the number of children specified by the fertility rates of the year.
If total fertility is approximately 2,100, it means that each woman has an average of 2.1 children, and this level is exactly enough to maintain the Danish population at the same level in the long term, if there is no immigration or emigration.
The fertility calculations include fertility rates, total fertility as well as gross and net reproduction figures.
The statistics are annual and published mid-February.
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