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Birth Record Broken

In the year 2009, 5,027 babies were born in Iceland, 2,561 boys and 2,466 girls. That is 192 more babies than the preceding year, when a total of 4,835 babies were born. Never before have more babies been born in Iceland in a given year, reports.

Photo: Bernhild Vögel

Before this, the most babies were born in 1960 (4,916 newborns) and in 1959 (4,837 newborns). This is stated on the Statistical Bureau’s web site.

Last year, just over a third of Icelandic children were born in wedlock. This ratio has been steady since the mid 1990s, when it was higher.

In the years between 1961 and 1996, the ratio of babies born in wedlock decreased from 74,3 percent to 36,5 percent. At the same time, the ratio of babies born out of wedlock increased from 13,4 percent to 50,90 percent. That ratio was still the same in 2009.

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