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This entry provides the mean (average) age of mothers at the birth of their first child. It is a useful indicator for gauging the success of family planning programs aiming to reduce maternal mortality, increase contraceptive use – particularly among married and unmarried adolescents, delay age at first marriage, and improve the health of newborns.


Country Comparison to the World

CountryMOTHER'S MEAN AGE AT FIRST BIRTH
Afghanistan 20.1
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2010 est.)
Albania 23.4 (2010 est.)
Angola 18 (2008/09 est.)
Armenia 23.5 (2011 est.)
Australia 30.5 (2006 est.)
Austria 28.5 (2011 est.)
Azerbaijan 23.4 (2011 est.)
Bangladesh 18.1
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2011 est.)
Belarus 25.1 (2011 est.)
Belgium 28.2 (2010 est.)
Benin 20.3
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2011/12 est.)
Bolivia 21.2
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2008 est.)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 26.3 (2011 est.)
Botswana 19 (2007 est.)
Bulgaria 26.3 (2011 est.)
Burkina Faso 19.4
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2010 est.)
Burma 21.8 (2007 est.)
Burundi 21.3
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2010 est.)
Cabo Verde 19.5
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2005 est.)
Cambodia 22.8
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2010 est.)
Cameroon 19.7
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2011 est.)
Canada 28.1 (2011 est.)
Colombia 21.4
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2010 est.)
Comoros 24.6
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2012 est.)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 19.9
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2013/14 est.)
Congo, Republic of the 19.7
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2011/12 est.)
Cote d'Ivoire 20
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2011/12 est.)
Croatia 27.9 (2011 est.)
Cyprus 28.5
note: data cover only government-controlled areas; data are based on events and not on fertility rates (2010 est.)
Czech Republic 27.8 (2011 est.)
Denmark 29.1 (2012 est.)
Dominican Republic 21.3
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2013 est.)
Egypt 22.9
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2008 est.)
El Salvador 20.8
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2008 est.)
Eritrea 21.3
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2010 est.)
Estonia 26.4 (2011 est.)
Ethiopia 19.6
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2011 est.)
Finland 28.5 (2012 est.)
France 28.1 (2010 est.)
Gabon 20.3
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2012 est.)
Gaza Strip 19
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2004 est.)
Georgia 24
note: data do not cover Abkhazia and South Ossetia (2011 est.)
Germany 29.2 (2012 est.)
Ghana 21.8
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2008 est.)
Greece 31.2 (2010 est.)
Guatemala 20.3
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2008/09 est.)
Guinea 19
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2012 est.)
Guyana 20.8
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2009 est.)
Haiti 22.7
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2012)
Honduras 20.4
note: median age a first birth among women 25-29 (2011-12 est.)
Hong Kong 29.8 (2008 est.)
Hungary 28.3 (2011 est.)
Iceland 27 (2011 est.)
India 19.9 (2005/06 est.)
Indonesia 22.8
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2012 est.)
Ireland 29.9
note: data are based on events and not on fertility rates (2012 est.)
Israel 27.3 (2011 est.)
Italy 30.3 (2011 est.)
Jamaica 21.2
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2008 est.)
Japan 30.3 (2012 est.)
Jordan 24.7
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2012 est.)
Kazakhstan 25 (2011 est.)
Kenya 19.8
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2008/09 est.)
Kiribati 23.1
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2009 est.)
Korea, South 30.3 (2011 est.)
Kyrgyzstan 22.6
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2012 est.)
Latvia 26.4 (2011 est.)
Lesotho 21.2
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2009 est.)
Liberia 19
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2013 est.)
Lithuania 26.7 (2011 est.)
Luxembourg 30.2
note: data are based on events and not on fertility rates (2012 est.)
Macedonia 26.2 (2011 est.)
Madagascar 19.4
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2008/09 est.)
Malawi 18.9
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2010 est.)
Maldives 23.9
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2009 est.)
Mali 18.3
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2012/13 est.)
Malta 26.9
note: data refer to the average of the different childbearing ages of first-order births (2010 est.)
Marshall Islands 20.7
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2007 est.)
Mexico 21.3 (2008 est.)
Moldova 23.7 (2011 est.)
Mongolia 20.5
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2008 est.)
Montenegro 26.3 (2010 est.)
Mozambique 18.7
median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2011 est.)
Namibia 21.5
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2013 est.)
Nauru 22.1
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2007 est.)
Nepal 20.1
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2011 est.)
Netherlands 29.4 (2011 est.)
New Zealand 27.8
note: median age at first birth (2009 est.)
Nicaragua 19.7
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2006/07 est.)
Nigeria 20.3
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2013 est.)
Niger 18.1
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2012 est.)
Norway 28.5
note: data is calculated based on actual age at first births (2012 est.)
Pakistan 23.4
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2012/13 est.)
Paraguay 22.9
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2008 est.)
Peru 22.2
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2013 est.)
Philippines 23
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2013 est.)
Poland 26.9 (2011 est.)
Portugal 29.5 (2012 est.)
Romania 26 (2011 est.)
Russia 24.6 (2009 est.)
Rwanda 22.9
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2010 est.)
Samoa 23.6
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2009 est.)
Sao Tome and Principe 19.4
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2008/09 est.)
Senegal 21.4
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2010/11 est.)
Serbia 27.5 (2011 est.)
Sierra Leone 19.2
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2013 est.)
Singapore 29.8 (2010 est.)
Slovakia 27.8 (2010 est.)
Slovenia 28.8 (2011 est.)
Solomon Islands 21.6
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2006/07 est.)
Spain 29.8 (2010 est.)
Sri Lanka 25.4
note: median age at first birth among women 30-34 (2006/07 est.)
Swaziland 19.8
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2006/07 est.)
Sweden 28.9 (2010 est.)
Switzerland 30.4 (2012 est.)
Tajikistan 22.8
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2012 est.)
Tanzania 19.5
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2010 est.)
Thailand 23.3 (2009 est.)
Timor-Leste 22.1
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2009/10 est.)
Togo 21
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2013/14 est.)
Tonga 24.9
note: median age at first birth among women 25-49 (2012 est.)
Turkey 22.3 (2010 est.)
Turkmenistan 24.6 (2006 est.)
Tuvalu 23.5
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2007 est.)
Uganda 19.3
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2011 est.)
Ukraine 25.8 (2010 est.)
United Kingdom 28.1
note: data refer to England and Wales (2012 est.)
United States 25.6 (2011 est.)
Uzbekistan 23.8 (2006 est.)
West Bank 20
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2004 est.)
Zambia 19.1
note: median age at first birth among women 20-24 (2007 est.)
Zimbabwe 20.5
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2010/11 est.)
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