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Population and Education, Social Statistics
Lisbeth Harbo
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Fertility database (discontinued)

These statistics are a yearly measurement of the number of newborn and the number of births, both live and stillborn. The average weight ant length are also published. These statistics are grouped by sex and type of birth, e.g. twin birth.

Data description

The fertility database contains references between children and their parents. For persons born in Denmark after 1973 there is a reference to birth information, such as. birth weight, birth length and type of birth. There are calculated parities for both mothers and fathers.

Classification system

These statistics are categorized after type of birth, sex, the child's birth length and birth weight, and whether the child is born alive or stillborn.

Sector coverage

Not relevant for these statistics.

Statistical concepts and definitions

Stillborn: A child born after 22nd week of pregnancy who have not shown any sign of life after its birth. Until 2004, the limit for spontaneous abortion and stillbirth was set at the 28th week of pregnancy.

Demographic parity: A live-born child's number in a row of siblings, among the mother's or farther's live born children.

Statistical unit

Newborn and births.

Statistical population

The fertility database contains persons who have at least one known parent in CPR. Data are published for live and stillborn children, born by mothers living in Denmark, from 1997 onwards.

Reference area


Time coverage

These statistics cover the time period from 1997 and onwards.

Base period

Not relevant for these statistics.

Unit of measure

Number of children and number of births. In case of a multiple birth, e.g. twins, two children are counted but only one birth.

Reference period

December 31st 2018.

Frequency of dissemination


Legal acts and other agreements

Data is collected from other national authorities.

Cost and burden

These statistics are based on administrative data. There is thus no direct response burden, in relation to the compilation of these statistics. The data sources are: CPR (the civil registration system), MFR (the medical birth register) and adoption data from Ankestyrelsen (the appeals board)


For further information contact Statistics Denmark directly.