There were 4,533 babies born in Iceland in 2012, an increase over 2011 when 4,492 births took place in the country.
According to statistics released today by Statistics Iceland baby boys outnumbered girls, accounting for 2,317 of the new arrivals to the country (compared to 2,216 girls), representing a rate 1,046 boys for each girl born last year. 2012’s babies were born to slightly older mothers, on average, than in previous years. The average age of first-time mothers who gave birth in 2012 was 26.9 (compared to 22-years-old in the 1970’s), and the average age of all mothers was 29.9.
Reykjavík experienced the largest population boost from all these new babies, as 1,778 of them are registered as living in the capital. Residents of Kópavogur and Hafnarfjörður also did their fair share for the population, adding 502 and 388 babies, respectively, to the gene pool. Interestingly, the birth rate has peaked in August for two years running, begging the question “what’s so sexy about November?”
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